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The Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston (MPC-Houston) is a community of lay practitioners inspired by the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village). The community, formed originally under the name Dharma Rain, was founded in January 1997 by three members of the Order of Interbeing, (Tiep Hien Order.) The purpose of the sangha (a Sanskrit word for community) is to support each other in learning to live with awareness.

The practice of mindfulness helps alleviate suffering and allows us more joy in our lives. By practicing together, our mindfulness becomes more solid, relaxed, and joyful. We practice with understanding, openness, and a receptive heart. We welcome everyone who wishes to learn the art of meditation and mindful living regardless of race, ethnic or cultural origin, gender, religious practice, or sexual orientation.

Fall Retreat with Michael Ciborski

October 22–25 Our retreat with Dharma teacher Michael Ciborski. In order to reserve the type of room you want, please register soon. In the women’s dorm, all of the rooms with private baths are already reserved. Early registration discounts are available until Sept. 16. Download the registration form Pdf.

Connections to Michael Ciborski, the Dharma teacher who leads our retreats and joins us through Skype four times a year to give Dharma talks: Michael’s site where you can listen to some of his recorded Dharma talks The site for the mindfulness community where Michael and his family live in New Hampshire.

Weekly Sittings

SUNDAY 6:00–8:00 PM
The Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00–8:00 PM at 1712 Fairview (rear building, please enter through the courtyard door). Our usual program consists of an hour of sitting and walking meditation, chanting and incense offering, and the program for the evening.
In the spirit of mindfulness, please arrive in time to be seated before the first period of meditation begins at 6:00 PM.

Program Schedule

Sept. 6 Recitation and discussion of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
To read the Trainings before our meeting, please go to the-5-mindfulness-trainings

Sept. 13 Michael Ciborski—Skype Dharma talk
Michael leads our retreat each fall and meets with us through Skype four times a year. He is an ordained Dharma teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. This fourth talk of the year will look at how one cultivates happiness, simplifying and slowing down in relation to one's work in the world and in interactions with society and the planet.

Sept. 20 Happiness
We will continue the discussion of methods of cultivating happiness that Michael Ciborski has presented in his Dharma talks with us throughout this year by taking a closer look at the “Discourse on Happiness”.

Sept. 27 “Awakening the Heart” a video by Thich Nhat Hanh.