held the second and fourth Sunday of every month in Port
Huron at Studio 1219 and every Tuesday at Buff Bodies Boot Camp in
Please click on
"Schedule of Events" for the exact dates and times.
comfortable clothes. 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 season, we recite The
Mindfulness Trainings, which are given below.
Other activities are
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
Presented by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the Great
Ordination Ceremony, Plum Village, February 2012
The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are the very essence of the Order of
Interbeing. They are the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us,
the teacher guiding us. They allow us to touch the nature of interbeing
in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate
from the happiness of others. Interbeing is not a theory; it is a
reality that can be directly experienced by each of us at any moment.
The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings help us cultivate concentration and
insight which free us from fear and the illusion of a separate self.
The First Mindfulness Training: Openness
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, even Buddhist ones. We are committed
to seeing the Buddhist teachings as a guiding means that help us learn
to look deeply and develop understanding and compassion. They are not
doctrines to fight, kill, or die for. We understand that fanaticism in
its many forms is the result is the result of perceiving things in a
dualistic or discriminative manner. We will train ourselves to look at
everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to
transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and the world.
The Second Mindfulness Training: Non-Attachment
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 are committed to learning and practicing
nonattachment from views and being open to other’s insights and
experiences in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. Insight is
revealed through the practice of compassionate listening, deep looking,
and letting go of notions rather than through the accumulation of
intellectual knowledge. 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.
The Third Mindfulness Training: Freedom
Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our view
on others, we are determined not to force others, even our children, by
any means whatsoever – such as authority, threat, money,
propaganda, or indoctrination – to adopt our views. We are
committed to respecting the rights of others to be different, to choose
what to believe and how to decide. We will, however, learn to help
others let go of and transform narrowness through loving speech and
The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Awareness
Aware that looking deeply at our own suffering can help us cultivate
understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to
ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to our own
suffering with the energy of mindfulness. We will do our best not to
run away from our own suffering or cover it up through consumption but
practice conscious breathing and walking to look deeply into the roots
of our suffering. We know we can only find the path leading to the
transformation of suffering when we understand the roots of suffering.
Once we have understood our own suffering, we will be able to
understand the suffering of others. We are committed to finding ways,
including personal contact and using the telephone, electronic,
audiovisual, and other means to be with those who suffer, so we can
help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace and joy.
The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Compassionate,
Aware that happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom
and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while
millions are hungry and dying nor to take as the aim of our life fame,
profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure, which can bring much suffering and
despair. We will practice looking deeply into how we nourish our body
and mind with edible foods, sense impressions, volition and
consciousness. We are committed not to gamble or to use alcohol, drugs
or any other products that bring toxins into our own and the collective
body and consciousness such as certain websites, electronic games, TV
programs, films, magazines, books and conversations. We will consume in
a way that preserves compassion, peace, joy, wellbeing in our bodies
and consciousness and in the collective body and consciousness of our
families, our society, and the earth.
The Sixth Mindfulness Training: Taking
Care of Anger
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering; we are
committed to taking care of our energy of anger when it arises, to
recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our
consciousness. When anger manifests, we are determined not to do or say
anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking to
acknowledge, embrace, and look deeply into our anger. We know that the
roots of anger are not outside of ourselves but can be found in our
wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in
ourselves and the other person. By contemplating impermanence, we will
be able to look with the eyes of compassion at ourselves and those we
think are the cause of our anger, and to recognize the preciousness of
our relationships. We will practice Right Diligence in order to nourish
our capacity of understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness, gradually
transforming our anger, violence, fear and helping others do the same.
The Seventh Mindfulness Training: Dwelling
Happily in the Present Moment
Aware that life is available only in the present moment, 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 cravings,
anger, or jealousy in the present. We will practice mindful breathing
to be aware of what is happening in the here and now. We are determined
to learn the art of mindful living by touching the wondrous,
refreshing, and healing elements that are inside and around us, in all
situations. In this way, we will be able to cultivate seeds of joy,
peace, love, and understanding in ourselves, thus facilitating the work
of transformation and healing in our consciousness. We are aware that
happiness depends primarily on our mental attitude and not on external
conditions, and that we can live happily in the present moment simply
by remembering that we already have more than enough conditions to be
The Eighth Mindfulness Training: True
Community & Communication
Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and
suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of
compassionate listening and loving speech. Knowing that true community
is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of harmony of
views, thinking and speech, we will practice to share our understanding
and experiences with members in our community in order to arrive at
collective insight. We are determined to learn to listen deeply without
judging or reacting, and refrain from uttering words that can create
discord or cause the community to break. Whenever difficulties arise,
we will remain in our Sangha and practice looking deeply into ourselves
and others to recognize all the causes and conditions, including our
own habit energies, that have brought about the difficulties. We will
take responsibility for all the ways we may have contributed to the
conflict and keep communication open. We will not behave as a victim
but be active in finding ways to reconcile and resolve all conflicts
The Ninth Mindfulness Training: Truthful
and Loving Speech
Aware that words can create happiness or suffering, we are
committed to learning to speak truthfully, lovingly and constructively.
We will only use words that inspire joy, confidence and hope as well as
promote reconciliation and peace in ourselves and among people. We will
speak and listen in a way that can help ourselves and others to
transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. We are
determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal
interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might cause
division or hatred. We will protect the joy and harmony of our Sangha
by refraining from speaking about the faults of another person in their
absence and always ask ourselves whether our perceptions are correct.
We will speak only with the intention to understand and help transform
the situation. We will not spread rumors nor 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 make difficulties for
us or threaten our safety.
The Tenth Mindfulness Training: Protecting
and Nourishing the Sangha
Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the practice of
understanding and compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist
community for personal power or profit or transform our community into
a political instrument. However, as members of a spiritual community,
we should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice. We
should strive to change the situation, without taking sides in a
conflict. We are committed to looking with the eyes of interbeing and
learning to see ourselves and others as cells in one Sangha body. As a
true cell in the Sangha body, generating mindfulness, concentration and
insight to nourish ourselves and the whole community, each of us is at
the same time a cell in the Buddha body. We will actively build
brotherhood and sisterhood, flow as a river, and practice to develop
the three real powers – love, understanding and cutting through
afflictions – to realize collective awakening.
The Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right
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 or nature. We will do our best to
select a livelihood that contributes to the wellbeing of all species on
earth and helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion.
Aware of economic, political and social realities around the world, as
well as our interrelationship with ecosystem, we are determined to
behave responsibly as consumers and citizens. We will not invest in or
purchase from companies that contribute to the depletion of natural
resources, harm the earth; and deprive others of the chance to
The Twelfth Mindfulness Training: Reverence
Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are
determined to cultivate nonviolence, compassion and the insight of
interbeing in our daily lives and promote peace, education, mindful
meditation, and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and
religious groups, nations, and in the world. We are committed not to
kill and not to let others kill. We will not support any act of killing
in the world, in our thinking or in our way of life. We will diligently
practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to
protect life, prevent war, and build peace.
The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training: Generosity
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social
injustice, stealing and oppression, we are committed to cultivating
generosity in our way of thinking, speaking, and acting. We will learn
better ways to work for the well-being of people, animals, plants and
minerals and 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 other beings.
The Fourteenth Mindfulness Training: Right
[For lay members]: Aware that sexual desire is not
love and 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 deep long-term commitment
made known to our family and friends. Seeing that the body and mind are
one, we are committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of our
sexual energy and to cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy, and
inclusiveness for our own happiness and the happiness of others. We
must be aware of future suffering that may be caused by sexual
relations. We know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and
others, we must respect the rights and commitments of ourselves and
others. We will do everything in our power to protect children from
sexual abuse and to protect couples and families from being broken by
sexual misconduct. We will treat our bodies with compassion and
respect. We are determined to look deeply into the Four Nutriments and
learn ways to preserve and channel our vital energies (sexual, breath,
spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal. We will be fully
aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world, and
will meditate upon their future environment.
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.