"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few."
From Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Suzuki Roshi

 

 Our Sangha, located in Boise, practices in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây). We have weekly meeting times and meet one day a month for a Day of Mindfulness (DOM).

 

September 2016 Residential Retreat

The mission of Beginners Mind Sangha is to support and nurture the community of people who practice mindfulness and meditation inspired by the Buddha Dharma.

 

We follow the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh who reminds us often that liberation from suffering and awakening to ease and joy are only available in the present moment. We offer activities that encourage us to live fully in the here and now, and that help to deepen our understanding and capacity for love and compassion.  It is our sincere wish that living in this manner will reduce suffering for ourselves and for all beings.

 

 

One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the "engaged Buddhism" movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

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Waking up this morning I smile knowing there are 24 brand new hours before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment and look at beings with eyes of compassion.

As we wake up in the morning and open our eyes we may like to recite the above gatha.


We can start our day with the happiness of a smile and the aspiration to
dedicate ourselves to the path of love and understanding.
We are aware that today is a fresh, new day, and we have 24 precious hours to live.

Members of Beginners Mind Sangha commit to developing a regular meditation practice.  Members support the Sangha by donating their time and resources and through regular monthly (tax deductible) contributions, if they are able.  When you become a member you join the Circle of Bodhisattvas.  If interested, kindly email us at admin@beginnersmindsangha.org

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