.We are part of the Community of Interbeing who practice Buddhism, Meditation and Mindfulness according to the guidance and teachings of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Community of Interbeing (registered charity 1096680) is the name given to the network of people in the UK who practise Buddhism according to the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây, as we call him, meaning “teacher” in Vietnamese – see short biography below). We are one of many Sanghas (groups of people who practice together) meeting all around the world, about 90 of which are in the UK.
We meet on Mondays*, every week at Victoria Hall (Methodist Church building) Norfolk Street, practising guided and silent meditations, reading & reflection etc.
* PLEASE NOTE that Victoria Hall is closed towards the end of December so we cannot meet on 23rd or 30th December. (For the avoidance of doubt, our last meeting this year will be on Monday 16th December and we resume on Monday 6th January 2014.)
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For more information, call or text Paul on 0777 862 5995 or ‘phone Kate and Paul on 0114 327 6856.
Short Biography of Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh, born 11 October 1926 in central Vietnam, is an expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace activist. Martin Luther King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts in trying to urge the U.S. government to withdraw from Vietnam. Thich Nhat Hanh led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.
He created the Order of Interbeing in 1966, establishing monastic and practice centers around the world. In 1973, the Vietnamese government denied Nhat Hanh permission to return to Vietnam and he went into exile in France although he has been allowed, in recent years, to visit and lead retreats.
Thich Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 50 in English. The Community of Interbeing UK website has more information about Thich Nhat Hanh and the Order of Interbeing. Go to www.interbeing.org.uk/about/ and follow the links on list on the right of that page.
Plum Village Plum Village – the home of Thich Nhat Hanh– was founded in 1982. It comprises three main hamlets and other community buildings, all located in south-west France, near Bergerac in the Dordogne valley. It is a residential retreat centre and home to many monks, nuns, and lay practitioners. During the year, retreats are held at Plum Village and these are attended by practitioners from all over the world, contributing an international atmosphere to the centre.
“The future can be seen right now because the future is made of the present. If you look deeply into the present, you know already what kind of future you’ll have. If you can produce significant change in the present moment, then you know that the future may be different.”
“Thich Nhat Hanh