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About Our Community

The Washington Mindfulness Community, formed in 1989, is composed of men and women inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and Thich Nhat Hanh, a contemporary Vietnamese Zen Master, peace activist, and writer.

The mission of the Community is to nurture mindfulness, love, and understanding among those who participate in its activities and in the larger society. Members come together to meditate, to deepen our understanding of the practice of mindfulness, to encourage and inspire each other through dharma discussions and mindful actions, to support each other through difficult times and to celebrate the joys and wonders of life. Recognizing that each person's peace and happiness are interwoven with the peace and happiness of others, the WMC offers activities that welcome the children, families, and companions of members. The Community also organizes retreats, lectures, and other public events; supports communities and causes in accord with the Community's mission; and works with groups that relieve suffering through compassionate actions.

"When we say, 'I take refuge in the sangha,' it means we put our trust in a community of fellow practitioners who are solid. A teacher can be important and also the teachings, but friends are the most essential element of the practice. It is difficult or even impossible to practice without a sangha." From Touching Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh.

About This Publication

Sangha Reflections is published by The Washington Mindfulness Community, P. O. Box 11168, Takoma Park, MD 20913. Phone: 301-681-1036. wmc(at);

Sangha Reflections is primarily distributed via Internet download. If you would like to be added to the WMC electronic notification list, please send your name and e-mail address to wmc(at) If you are unable to access the electronic version, we will gladly mail you a printed copy. Send your name, address, phone number, and a check for $5 to cover one year’s printing and mailing costs, payable to The Washington Mindfulness Community, to the address above.

Newsletter editors: Mary Hillebrand, Joseph Byrne; masthead design and graphics provided by Cindy Sherwood.

Unsolicited contributions and comments are welcome and encouraged!

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