Five Mindfulness Trainings


Inviting the Bell

Mindful Eating

Walking Meditation

Other Local Mindfulness Communities

Retreat Centers

Worldwide retreats in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition

Other Resources

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).

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.

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. 

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.

There is no distinction between the one who gives, the one who receives, and the gift itself.