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.
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.
Feb. 7 Recitation and discussion of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings
To read the Trainings before our meeting, please go to the the-14-mindfulness-trainings.
Feb. 14 Celebration of Lunar New Year (Tet)
Feb. 21 Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing — the breath in daily life.
Feb. 28 Skype talk from Dharma teacher Michael Ciborski
“Tending the Garden of Our Shared Heart: Healing and transformation for ourselves and the Earth through practices of Understanding and Loving Kindness.” In this year’s Skype talks and fall retreat, as we learn to understand how the various elements of our consciousness work, we will become “gardeners of the heart”, using mindfulness, insight, and loving kindness to clarify perceptions and heal wounds that have been carried for many generations. We will also grow our capacity for presence, joy, and compassion that can support the people and the Earth around us.
Tonight’s topic is Mindfulness as the Gardener of Inner Stability and Freedom.