“ To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” Thich Nhat Hanh.
We are a part of the Community of Interbeing (COI), a growing network of people in the UK who practice mindfulness and aspire to develop peace and happiness in
ourselves and in the world by living according to the teachings on global ethics of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The teachings, which can be followed by people of all ages and any religion or none, are notable for their emphasis on joy, engagement in the world, and integrating the practice of mindfulness into daily life. For further information our national website is coiuk.org ( Community of Interbeing UK – registered charity number 1096680.)
Currently, there are over 90 Community of Interbeing (COI) Sanghas in the UK. Please click on a link at the side of the page to find a group (Sangha)* near you.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around us and with what we are doing.
With mindfulness, we can train our minds to help our concentration, creativity, and resilience to deal with life’s challenges, as well as the insight to live more peacefully and joyfully every moment of every day.
Helped by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings, we can develop happiness in ourselves and compassion for ourselves and others, and this changes our ways of being in our relationships with others and the world we live in.
*A community of Buddhist practitioners is referred to as a “Sangha” (Sanskrit for inseparable). A sangha can include both monastics and lay practitioners.