Our sanghas are rooted in the Zen based mindfulness tradition inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, and Open Sky in Kalispell.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a monk and "Zen Master" in the Lin Chi Chan (Japanese Rinzai Zen)tradition, a poet and author of dozens of Dharma books. He founded the Order of Interbeing during the Vietnam war and was banished from Vietnam by both the North and South Vietnamese governments because of his neutrality. He headed the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks and was subsequently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2005 he was finally allowed to return to Vietnam to teach after 39 years in exhile. Two Open Way members were on the delegation which accompanied him.
Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately called Thay (pronounced Tie, meaning teacher) by his students, lives at home in exile at Plum Village Monastery in France from where he serves as a teacher for hundreds of monks and nuns in Western Europe, the USA and Vietnam, as well as many resident lay students.
In the summer of 2000, Deer Park Monastery was established in Escondido, California. In May of 2007 Blue Cliff Monastery was established in Pine Bush, New York. And most recently Magnolia Village Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi was established as a practice center. All monasteries are in the tradition of Plum Village.
Plum Village, France: www.plumvillage.org/
Deer Park, California: www.deerparkmonastery.org/
Blue Cliff, New York: bluecliffmonastery.org/
Magnolia Village, Mississippi: www.magnoliavillage.org/
The Mindfulness Bell is a journal of the art of mindful living. To be mindful means to dwell deeply in the present moment, to be aware of what is going on within and around us. Practicing mindfulness cultivates understanding, love, compassion, and joy. This practice helps us to take care of and transform suffering in our lives and in our society.
The Mindfulness Bell is an inspiration and teaching resource for those practicing mindfulness in daily life. Each issue features a recent teaching by our teacher, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Also included are stories and teachings by teachers and students in this lineage, based on the author’s direct experience of transformation through the practice of mindfulness. Instead of giving academic or intellectual views, the teachings emphasize simple and successful ways to transform the difficulties and limitations in our lives so that each day becomes an experience of peace, happiness, and freedom.
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