FCM offers a variety of practice opportunities to support Dharma students in their aspiration to cultivate wisdom and compassion and to lead a mindful and awakened lives.
These activities include training in mindfulness meditation and other practices that develop insight, compassion and wisdom; offering access to teachers who can provide authentic transmission and explanation of the Buddhist teachings; conducting weekly meditation sessions, days of mindfulness and residential retreats; sponsoring intensive practice periods (periods of Buddhist practice that last three to six months); teaching classes on Buddhism and meditation; facilitating Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friends) groups; and supporting other sangha-building activities, such as recitations of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, chanting services, beginning anew ceremonies, potlucks, outings in nature and other types of social events.
We undertake these activities in order to make our practice both relevant and meaningful to ourselves and our community.
Once we establish a practice, many of us take vows to observe Buddhist ethical precepts in the form of Mindfulness Trainings. In doing so, we formally join the larger sangha of practitioners in Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition.
You can contact your local sangha and check the FCM Calendar of Events for a current schedule of practice opportunities.