Welcome

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“As soon as we realise that in this very moment we already have enough, and we already are enough, true happiness becomes possible.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

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“Walk with me”

As many may know, a documentary following the everyday life of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is currently being shown in movie theatres across the globe and has recently been premiered at The London Film Festival.                             “Walk With Me” was filmed over three years, filmmakers were given unprecedented access, travelling the world with monks and nuns from the community. The documentary is an insight into life within a monastic community, capturing the daily routines of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence.
Through intimate interviews and observational filming, “Walk With Me” offers the deeply personal reasons why Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns decided to leave their families and follow in his footsteps. The film is narrated by British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a follower of Plum Village teachings, who has previously spoken about how they contributed to his success.            

The film will be shown during February in this region ( see websites below for booking details ).                                                                                                               The Mac Theatre Birmingham, www.macbirmingham.co.uk                                       The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove,  artrix.co.uk                                                     The Courtyard,  Hereford   www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk

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About us

We are a part of the Community of Interbeing, 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 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.