Ordination Opportunity in 2021

Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2021 there will be two opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. These will be online transmission ceremonies. In order to facilitate the process, please review the requirements, criteria, and procedures for North American students of Thich Nhat Hanh.… Continue reading Ordination Opportunity in 2021

Listening Circles for Healing Racism, for White People: Facilitators Guidebook

Dear OI Friends, In June 2020, within a week of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, I invited white practitioners on our OI list to a “Listening Circle for Healing Our White Racism” on Zoom. One hundred (100) mindfulness practitioners showed up! After some welcoming, validating of them, and offering some framing thoughts, in pairs… Continue reading Listening Circles for Healing Racism, for White People: Facilitators Guidebook

Joanne Friday

On January 20, 2021, Joanne Friday, our beloved dharma teacher, partner, friend, and mentor, transitioned from the Historic dimension into the Ultimate dimension. Joanne was a Dharma teacher in the Tiep Hien Order, the Order of Interbeing, founded by Buddhist monk and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2003 she received authority to teach from… Continue reading Joanne Friday

Right Livelihood in an Unjust Society

What is Right Livelihood? When doing research for this column, rather to my surprise, I couldn’t find all that much written on Right Livelihood, even though it is part of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. It is as if most Buddhist thinkers consider the matter relatively straightforward, simply a matter of choosing a job that… Continue reading Right Livelihood in an Unjust Society

Prayer for Everyone During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May all doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers have the emotional strength and physical stamina to meet the challenges they are facing every day. May all essential workers — police, firefighters, store personnel,delivery people, and more — be safe from this virus as they perform their critical services. May everyone struggling with illness from this… Continue reading Prayer for Everyone During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic

Meeting suffering where it is – a path to freedom. Centering the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in our practices meets the suffering where it is and offers a path to freedom. A New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic” is an offering by Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown. We encourage… Continue reading A New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic

The Paradox of Globalization: An Engaged Buddhist Analysis

From an engaged Buddhist perspective, globalization involves a seeming paradox. The growth of global telecommunications systems and cheap long distance travel means that we have more opportunities than ever to learn about people distant from us. Geographers such as David Harvey speaks of globalization involving “space-time compression”—that, in practical terms, the world is becoming a… Continue reading The Paradox of Globalization: An Engaged Buddhist Analysis

Behavior & Mental Health Difficulties

The Care Taking Council (CTC) of the North American Dharma Teachers Sangha adopted a statement on behavioral and mental health difficulties in sanghas. It was initially posted here in August 2016 but wasn’t easily discoverable. Therefore, we are reposting that document in hopes that it will better serve the community. Mindful Approaches to Behavior &… Continue reading Behavior & Mental Health Difficulties