Revised 14 Mindfulness Trainings Now Available (April, 2012)

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings for Engaged Buddhism are the precepts of the Order of Interbeing, the Tiep Hien Order, the core community of ordained monastics and laypeople practicing in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Sometimes seen as an expanded expression of the heart of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings can also be practiced by anyone who feels supported by them in nurturing a meaningful and happy life, and many people practice these trainings beautifully and powerfully without ever receiving formal transmission. A revised version of the Trainings was presented by Thay at the Great Ordination Ceremony in Plum Village, February, 2012, and a final version of this revision has now been updated and released. For the current revised text of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, please click here.
“The Long Arm of the Fourfold Sangha,” a teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh about the origins and meaning of the Order of Interbeing and the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, is available in the online archive of the Autumn 2010 volume of the Mindfulness Bell, a magazine of the Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh’s) Community, p.4, and the audio version of the full talk by Thay is available on Thich Nhat Hanh Audio.
Peaceful City Sangha recites the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the recitation, please call Sara at 215.852.4375.

Day of Mindfulness for People of Color 6/9/2012

Living Beautifully, Living Solidly:
A Day of Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color
in the Tradition of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
Offered by the Monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery
Saturday, June 9, 2012
at New York Insight,
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor New York City 10001

Through the practices of mindful living offered during the retreat, we will have the opportunity to reconnect with the beautiful sources of joy and peace within ourselves. Practicing to stop, rest, and listen deeply to our body and mind, we can rediscover and nurture the deepest roots of solid living. At the same time, we will also learn concrete ways to embrace and take care of our difficulties and suffering in order to open the path to healing and growth.
This Day of Mindfulness for People of Color is open to people of Native-American, African, Latina/o, Asian Pacific Islander, Caribbean, Middle Eastern ancestry (as well as a small number of their Caucasian family).
No pre-registration required, but it is important to R.S.V.P. at
The event begins promptly at 10:00 am. Please arrive 15 minutes before the event starts. A donation is requested to support Blue Cliff Monastery. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please bring a vegetarian lunch to support the practice of eating meditation. The practice of outdoor walking meditation will be offered, as well as sitting meditation and Deep Relaxation.
To view flyer please click here.
For further information about this retreat, please email Valerie Brown at, Angela Dews, or visit

2012 Mindfulness & Law Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery

Cultivating Balance: A Mindfulness Retreat for Lawyers,
Judges, Law Students, and Law Professionals
in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh 

Friday 6/22 – Sunday 6/24

Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York

“While the practice of law can be rewarding, professionally and personally, and a source of inspiration and justice, it may also be a source of great stress. More than ever, lawyers face business development demands, are driven by time demands with escalating billable hours, are future-oriented, focused on goal setting, and are trained to be highly judgmental, thinking our way out of a problem to a solution. This weekend retreat, designed for lawyers, judges, law professionals and law students, is an opportunity to slow down, to experience and enjoy the deep connection that comes with awareness of the present moment. The retreat will include periods of silence, dharma talks by Lawyer Dharma Teachers, discussions, and an opportunity to present questions to help participants learn ways to integrate mindfulness into life, family, and work. We will engage in nourishing practices – sitting, walking, and eating meditation, deep relaxation; and mindful dialogue – to cultivate the non-judgmental mind and nourish our hearts. Cosponsored by CUNY Contemplative Urban Law Program, Project for the Integration of SpiritLawPolitics, City Bar (NY) Contemplative Lawyers’ Group. Facilitators: Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor, Dharma Teacher Leslie Rawls, Dharma Teacher Jeanne Anselmo & Order of Interbeing Member Valerie Brown.”
Please click here for full information / flyer.
Registration:  / 845-733-4959 ext. 21