held the second and fourth Sunday of every month in Port
Huron at Studio 1219 and every Tuesday at Alternative Connections in
Please click on
"Schedule of Events" for the exact dates and times.
comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Loud colors can be
distracting. Chairs and floor cushions are available for our
practice sitting and walking meditation in the traditon of Thich Nhat
the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, which emphasizes
to The Mindfulness Bell, the national publication and website
of The Community of Mindful Living, "To be mindful means to
in the present moment, to be aware of what is going on within and
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."
In Port Huron we
normally sit for around twenty-five minutes, followed by fifteen
mintues of walking medition and another, shorter period of sitting
Simple instructions are offered to newcomers. We recite the
and sometimes there is a reading. Once a month we recite The Fourteen
Mindfulness Trainings, which are given below.
alternate weeks we will view a dharma talk video or there will be a
and discussion. Other activities are planned
throughout the year. Please see the
schedule for details.
here for schedule.
meetings have a somewhat different format and consist of
and walking meditation with a short dharma. discussion.
Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings
Mindfulness Trainings were developed by Thich Nhat Hanh for
his practice community, The Order of Interbeing. They are guidelines
for a happy and peaceful life as individuals, families, communities,
nations. We have modified them a little because we are not monks or
First Mindfulness Training
Aware of the
suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not
to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology.
These teachings are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and
to develop our understanding and comparssion. They are not doctrines to
fight, kill or die for.
Second Mindfulness Training
Nonattachment from views
Aware of the
suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are
determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We
shall learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open
to others' insights and experiences. We are aware that the knowledge we
presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Truth is found in
life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment,
ready to learn throughout our lives.
Third Mindfulness Training
Freedom of Thought
Aware of the
suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are
committed not to force others, even our children, by any means
whatsoever- such as authority, threat, money, propaganda, or
indoctrination- to adopt our views. We will respect the rights of
others to be different and to choose what to believe and how to decide.
We will, however, help others to renounce fanaticism and narrowness
through compassionate dialogue.
Fourth Mindfulness Training
Awareness of Suffering
looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop
compassion and find ways out of suffering, we are determined not to
avoid or close our eyes before suffering. We are committed to finding
ways, including personal contact, images, and sounds, to be with those
who suffer, so we can understand their situation deeply and help them
transform their suffering into compassion, peace and joy.
Fifth Mindfulness Training
Simple, Healthy Living
happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom and compassion, and not
in wealth or fame, we are determined not to take as the aim of our life
fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure, nor to accumulate wealth
while millions are hungry and dying. We are committed to living simply
and sharing our time, energy and material resources with those in need.
We will practice mindful consuming, not using alcohol, drugs
or any other products that bring toxins into our own and the collective
body and consciousness.
Sixth Mindfulness Training
Dealing with Anger
Aware that anger
blocks communication and creates suffering, we are determined to take
care of the energy of anger when it arises and to recognize and
transform the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When
anger comes up, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to
practice mindful breathing or mindful walking and acknowledge, embrace
and look deeply into our anger. We will learn to look with the eyes of
compassion at those we think are the cause of our anger.
Seventh Mindfulness Training
Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment
is available only in the present moment and that it is possible to live
happily in the here and now, we are committed to training ourselves to
live deeply each moment of daily life. We will try not to lose
ourselves in dispersion or be carried away by regrets about the past,
worries about the future, or craving, anger or jealousy of the present.
We will practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in
the present moment. We are determined to learn the art of mindful
living by touching the wondrous, refreshing and healing elements that
are inside and around us, and by nourishing seeds of joy, peace, love
and understanding in ourselves, thus facilitating the work of
transformation and healing in our consciousness.
Eight Mindfuless Training
Community and Communication
Aware that the
lack of communication always brings seperation and suffering, we are
committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate
listening and loving speech. We will learn to listen deeply without
judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create
discord or cause the community to break. We will make every effort to
keep communications open and to reconcile and resolve all conflicts,
Ninth Mindfulness Training
Truthful and Loving Speech
Aware that words
can create suffering or happiness, we are committed to learning to
speak truthfully and constructively, using only words that inspire hope
or confidence. We are determined not to say untruthful things for the
hope and confidence. We are determined not to say untruthful things for
the sake of personal interest or to impress people, and not to utter
words that might cause division or hatred. We will not spread news that
we do not know to be certain or criticize or condemn things of which we
are not sure. We will do our best to speak out about situations of
injustice, even when doing so may threaten our safety.
Tenth Mindfulness Training
Protecting the Community of Mindful
Aware that our aim is the practice of understanding and compassioin, we
are determined not to use our community for personal gain or profit, or
transform it into a political instrument. A spiritual community should,
however, take a clear stand against opression and injustice, and should
strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.
Eleventh Mindfulness Training
Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to our
environment and society, we are committed not to live with a vocation
that is harmful to humans and nature. We will do our best to select a
livelihood that helps realize our ideal of understanding and
compassion. Aware of global economic, political and social realities,
we will behave responsibly as consumers and as citizens, not investing
in companies that deprive others of their change to live.
Twelfth Mindfulness Training
Reverence for Life
Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are
determined to cultivate nonviolence, understanding, and compassion in
our daily lives, to promote peace, education, mindful mediation, and
reconciliation with families, communities, nations and in the world. We
are determined not to kill and not to let others kill. We will
diligently practice deep looking with our community to discover better
ways to protect life and prevent war.
Thirteenth Mindfulness Training
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice,
stealing, and oppression, we are committed to cultivating loving
kindness and learning ways to work for the well-being of others. We
will practice generosity by sharing our time, energy and material
resources with those who are in need. We are determined not to steal
and not to possess anything that should belong to others. We will
respect the property of others, but will try to prevent others from
profiting from human suffering or the suffering of others.
Fourteenth Mindfulness Training
Aware that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the
feeling of loneliness but will create more suffering, frustration, and
isolation, we are determined not to engage in sexual relations without
mutual understanding, love and a long-term commitment. In sexual
relations, we must be aware of future suffering that may be caused. We
know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and others, we must
respect the rights are commitments of ourselves and others. We will do
everything in our power to protect children from sexual misconduct. We
will be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into
the world, and will meditate on the world into which we are bringing
May you be calm.
May you be at peace.
May you find joy in the day.
May you be free from pain.
May you find acceptance.
May your mind be serene.
May you be free from
May you be at ease.
May you dwell in the cradle of compassion.