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 and present with those around
you and with what you are doing. We bring
our body and mind into harmony while we
wash the dishes, drive the car or take our
morning cup of tea.
Here at Lotus Bud Sangha, we do very much
the same things as when we are at home-
walking, sitting, working, eating, etc.-
except now we learn to do them in mindfulness,
with an awareness that we are doing it.
We practice mindfulness throughout every
moment of the day and not just in the meditation
hall, but also in the kitchen, the toilet,
in our rooms and on the path leading from
one place to another.
In practicing together as a Sangha, as
a community, our practice of mindfulness
becomes more joyful, relaxed, and steady.
We are bells of mindfulness for each other,
supporting and reminding each other along
the path of practice. With the support of
the community, we can practice to cultivate
peace and joy, within and around us, as
a gift for all of those whom we love and
care for. We can cultivate our solidity
and freedom – solid in our deepest
aspiration and freedom from our fears, misunderstandings
and our suffering.