Five Mindfulness Trainings
The Five Mindfulness Trainings are offered as suggestions to support our mindfulness practice. They provide us with a compass with which to orient our lives. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. All spiritual traditions have their equivalent to the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings are based on the precepts developed during the time of the Buddha and were the foundation of practice for the entire lay practice community. Thich Nhat Hanh translated these precepts for modern times. With mindfulness, we are aware of what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds and the world, and we avoid doing harm to ourselves and others. Mindfulness protects us, our families and our society. When we are mindful, we can see that by refraining from doing one thing, we can prevent another thing from happening. When we are mindful, we arrive at our own unique insight.
To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate a way of life that can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. Following this way of life, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future
List of book recommendations here.
Mindfulness Blogs & Inspiration
Mindfulness in Art
Inviting the Bell
The bell master should be calm, solid, and mindful.
Resource for Facilitators of the Opening Heart Monday Night Mindfulness Sangha
Other Local Mindfulness Communities
Washington Mindfulness community
Mindfulness practice center of fairfax
Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center
Blue cliff monastery
Plum village in France
Worldwide Retreats in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition
Local Affinity Groups
Engaged Buddhism in DC
Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes
“The present moment is the only moment available to us and is the door to all moments.”
“The amount of happiness you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.”
“Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”
“The mind can go in a thousand directions. But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.”
“There is no distinction between the one who gives, the one who receives, and the gift itself.”
“With each step, a gentle wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
“People have a hard time to let go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity for accepting and having compassion for them is there.”
“When someone is truly listening, you feel it; and when someone pretends to listen, you know.”
“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just Be.”
“No mud, no lotus.”