Tools for Buddhist Practice
Buddha Bits - Sangha members share from our practice.
Why Do We Meditate - by Tony Glore.
Five Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.
Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.
Other Practices of the Order of Interbeing of Thich Nhat Hanh
Full Awareness of Breathing (guided meditation).
The Heart Suttra - an examination by Tony Glore.
The Heart Suttra - Another version found by Tim.
Bowing Gathas. Collected from contributions of sangha members on a Sunday in 2003.
Many other tools, books, information and links from Thich Nhat Hanh: www.plumvillage.org
Books, Articles and Such
From Kevin Kall: A "Ted" Talk on spiritual awakening experience by Jill Bolte Taylor.
Funny and backhandedly Buddhist: "Osama bin Laden Found Inside Each of Us". From The Onion, tongue in cheek, mock newspaper. Contributed by Mark Stein.
Pictures and personal diary from a trip to China with Thich Nhat Hanh. Contributed by Mark Stein.
My Plan, A poem by Pat Owen. July, 2003
The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Contributed by Jon Barnes. July, 2003.
A Prayer for Peace, by Ellen Bass. Submitted by Judith Johnstone. March 5, 2003.
Instant smile. Silly, fun and a sometimes needed pick-me-up.
Thich Nhat Hanh's Statement on the Pending War in Iraq. February 13, 2003.
New York Times article on the results of a psychological study of mindfulness practice. by Daniel Goleman, February 4, 2003.
Buddhist Monastery, China
"When we seek for connections, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."
At its essence, to be in balance means to be a whole person in a relationship. That's because life is relationships - relationships between the many subtle fields and flows of energy that weave the fabric of our being; relationships with other people and with other living beings; relationships between ourselves and the rest of the universe. If you look deeply into any living being, a universe of intricate interrelationships will be revealed. Life is all about relationships.
Balance in relationships can mean many things: the balance of giving and receiving; of speaking and listening; of being alone and being together; the balance realized by resolving tensions or extending love and caring. As paradoxical as it seems at times, the more deeply balanced we are within ourselves, the more sensitive, objective, empathetically attuned we can be with others, and the more we can help others move toward, rather than away from balance in their own lives."
- Joel & Michelle Levey
Buddha at Nihon-ji Temple in Chiba Prefecture Japan