Writing Meditation: A Course Inspired by the Work of Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle  which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child–our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

“I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning.  I vow to relieve the suffering of one person in the afternoon.”

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

Join us this fall for a class  that explores writing as a form of meditation, for which we draw our themes and topics from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

His many concerns over the past five decades include environmentalism, healthy diet, spiritual practice,  social justice, poetry, civic responsibility, diversity, interfaith dialogue, intimate relationships, nonviolent action, and community.

Our writing sessions will be a time for slowing down, cultivating attention, sharing our insight, and enjoying each other’s company.  We will  experiment with different practices such as using gathas (and writing our own), walking calmly, and breathing serenely.  We will also consider the political implications of  the teaching of interbeing and the mindfulness precepts.

Class meets on Wednesdays
September 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4

From 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.

At the home of
Colleen and Nicholas Long and Lindsay Sihilling
2167 Spring Avenue


1 notebook
1 pen
1 copy of  Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh–365 days of practical, Powerful Teachings from the Beloved Zen Teacher
A willingness to smile, look deeply, open up, and share

1 copy of Natalie Goldberg, The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language


Facilitated by
Mark Chmiel, a member of the Meditation & Mindfulness Sangha, adjunct professor of humanities at Maryville University, and author of The Book of Mev and the forthcoming Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine.

If interested
Send an email to markjchmiel@gmail.com

Please share this information
with anyone you know who has an interest in beginning or resuming writing as a regular practice.


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