Author Archives: Still Water Sangha of MN

About Still Water Sangha of MN

We are a community, formed with enthusiasm and joy, practicing Mindfulness and Meditation together in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We meet on Monday nights from 7-8:30pm in a private home in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Don’t Blame the Match

 Raw Mindfulness post “Don’t Blame the Match” by Annie Mahon Thich Nhat Hanh often uses matches to illustrate the idea of causes and conditions. He brings a little box of matches out of his brown monk’s bag, he opens the … Continue reading

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We Are the Beaters; We Are the Beaten

By THICH NHAT HANH – APRIL 15, 1991 – Los Angeles Times People everywhere on the planet have seen the image of the Los Angeles policemen beating the young driver. The moment I first saw it, I saw myself … Continue reading

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Body, Mind And Breath Are Friends

Posted on Plum Village YouTube Brother Freedom shares about the friendship of body, mind and breath in the present moment.

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Working with Chaos

Edited excerpt from Lions Roar post “Three methods for Working with Chaos” by Pema Chodron.  When we feel squeezed, there’s a tendency for mind to become small. We feel miserable, like a victim, like a pathetic, hopeless case. Yet believe … Continue reading

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Sweet Sixteen

The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing offers sixteen exercises: 1. “Breathing in, I am aware I am breathing in.” ”Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out.” 2.“Breathing in a long breath, I know I am … Continue reading

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I Can Say

A poem for Thay by Dr. Larry Ward What can I say about my beloved teacher? I can say the soft whisper of his voice in the dark night of confusion, fear and violence calls us home to our true self. … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Practice

Edited excerpt from “Breathe, You are Alive!” by Thich Nhat Hanh Here are seven different ways to focus on putting the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing into practice: • Following the Breath in Daily Life • Awareness of … Continue reading

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Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Excerpt from Lion’s Roar post “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana “Come, friends,” the Buddha answered. “Dwell contemplating the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, unified, with concentrated one-pointed mind, in order to know the body … Continue reading

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Remembering Aspect of Mindfulness

Excerpt from Mind Relations post “Remembering: The Forgotten Aspect of Mindfulness” by Hans Reihling, PhD “You do want to succeed, but you need a balanced attitude toward failure and success so that you can learn from them. Nobody’s keeping score or … Continue reading

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Cooking Our Potatoes

Excerpt from “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh Anger is rooted in our lack of understanding of ourselves and of the causes, deep-seated as well as immediate, that brought about this unpleasant state of affairs. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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