“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.
In practicing together as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom – solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.”


The sangha at Down Under School of Yoga is a mindfulness meditation community gathering to practice awareness, inclusiveness, love and freedom. Although our practice is based primarily on the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we also draw from other spiritual teachers. Everyone is welcome. 


Community Mindfulness Mediation takes place from 2PM - 3:30PM on Mondays at Down Under School of Yoga, Newton.


Please arrive ten minutes early so you can take care of your belongings, set up your chair or cushion and be ready to meditate at 2PM. When we enter the meditation room, it is helpful to take a few deep cleansing breaths and say to ourselves, “Letting go of my plans and worries. I have arrived in the here and now. I am home.” Usually 2-2:45PM will be silent meditation - sitting and walking, followed by dharma reading and sharing from 2:45-3:30PM.

If you need to come late or leave early, please do so with gentle, mindful steps so that you do not disrupt the community meditation. You may wait outside the door until walking meditation begins to enter room if you coming in late. Open and close the doors with quiet grace.

Suggested readings and Other Resources


Chanting From the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
LovingKindness by Sharon Salzberg
When Awareness Becomes Natural: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Sayadaw U Tejaniya                

Other Resources 

http://monasterystore.org (for meditation bells, cushions, and other supplies)
https://soundcloud.com/blue-cliff-monastery (for practice songs)




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