Our Practice

You do not have to practice intensively—just being in a sangha where people are happy, living deeply the moments of their days, is enough. Each person’s way of sitting, walking, eating, working, and smiling is a source of inspiration; and transformation takes place without effort. – Thich Nhat Hanh from “The Fertile Soil of Sangha” (Summer 2008)

Plum Blossom Sangha meets weekly on Sunday evenings. During our time together, we do very much the same things that we do when we are at home or elsewhere – sitting, walking, drinking something, or having a discussion – except of course we do them with more mindfulness, concentration, and insight. In coming together and practicing with others regularly in this way, we are not only rejuvenated in our own personal practice but we also help build a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood amongst each other and thus help move our society in the direction of collective awakening.

Our usual meeting format on Sunday evenings is as follows:

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm Sitting Meditation

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm Walking Meditation

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm Sitting Meditation

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Mindful Tea Drinking

5:10 pm – 5:45 pm Dharma Discussion

5:45 pm – 5:55 pm Healing/Loving-kindness Circle

5:55 pm – 6:00 pm Announcements, Closing