Other Sangha and Community Events

Please note these are not Opening Heart events, but rather a space to allow other sanghas and practitioners to share theirs.

Washington Mindfulness Community Event:    Mindfulness Trainings 1&2

Washington Mindfulness Community Event:

Mindfulness Trainings 1&2

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

In January each year, we are fortunate in this region to be able to participate in a transmission ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Together we recite the five Mindfulness Trainings and transmit them to any sangha members who wish to receive them.o new events at this time.



Book Recommendations

We will continue to add books recommended by the community.

Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

Things I Did When I Was Hangry, by Annie Mahon


Mindfulness Videos

Sleeping Meditation

doing the dishes

Walking Meditation


Mindful Eating

Mindfully observing the food we eat is powerful tool used to enhance our practice.


Mindfulness in Art

Exhibits and galleries in Washington DC recommended by OHMC.  Updated regularly.


Inviting the Bell

The bell master should be calm, solid, and mindful.


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.


Facilitator Resources

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

Retreat Centers

Blue cliff monastery

Plum village in France


Worldwide Retreats in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition

Other Resources


Local Affinity Groups

There is a Spanish-speaking meditation group in Silver Spring in the same Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Info here.

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington offers an affinity meditation groups for LGBTQ and People of Color.


Engaged Buddhism in DC

Interested in finding out more about how to apply mindfulness to social action? Follow the Opening Heart Facebook Page here or check out the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF).

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.”