Mountain Solid, Water Reflecting Sangha
The Mountain Solid, Water Reflecting Sangha is a mindfulness meditation group in Knoxville, TN. We have been studying the teachings and practicing in
the tradition of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1998. His key
teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of
in the past and in the future. According to Nhat Hanh, dwelling in the present moment is the
only way to truly develop peace both in one's self and in the world.
The group warmly welcomes individuals of all religions, Buddhist traditions, and cultures. We
especially encourage those who are new to meditation to attend. While we do not offer formal
lessons in meditation, there is an opportunity to ask questions, share
experiences, and discover resources during the discussion time.
We meet from approximately 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Sundays. The structure of the practice is as follows. Note: We maintain noble silence until the discussion at the end.
Please bring your own cushion if you prefer one for seated meditation (chairs are provided).
Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather since we do walk outdoors for about 20
minutes unless it is very inclement. We request that shoes be removed in the entranceway out of
respect for the meditation space.
On the second Sunday of every month, we recite the
Five Mindfulness Trainings. Afterwards we share a vegetarian potluck in the spirit of fellowship (if you bring a dish, please know all the ingredients to accommodate those with dietary allergies and preferences).
We meet in the West Knoxville
Friends Meeting House
located at 1517 Meeting House Rd in Knoxville, TN. The meeting house is
peacefully nestled on six wooded acres within a suburban area. For directions, see the Friends site
or Google Maps
About Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet and peace/human
rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thay by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born
in Vietnam in 1926, he joined the monkhood at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, Nhat
Hanh helped to found the "engaged Buddhism" movement in order to relieve the suffering of his
countrymen. After visiting the West in 1966 on a peace mission, he was banned from
returning to Vietnam. The following year, Nhat Hanh was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin
Luther King, Jr.
In 1982 Nhat Hanh founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in France, where he lives and conducts
retreats. He is a prolific writer who has published dozens of titles including poems, prose, and prayers on meditation, mindfulness and
peace. His life continues to be dedicated to the work of
inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.
For more information on Thich Nhat Hanh or mindfulness meditation, please visit the Plum Village website.
Several members of our sangha attended the "Cultivating the Mind of Love" retreat at Magnolia Grove Monastery
in Batesville, MS from September 28 - October 2, 2011. Enjoy these lovely and inspiring photos of Thay as well as the monastics, participants, and grounds.
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- Losel Shedrup Ling of Knoxville (LSLK) – Tibetan Buddhist center (Knoxville, TN)
- The Mindful Center – daily meditation, MSBR classes, retreats, etc. (Knoxville, TN)
- Mindfulness Meditation & Classes – with John Blackburn (Knoxville, TN)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (UTK) – periodic MSBR classes (Knoxville, TN)
- Oak Ridge Zen Community – Zen, Vipassana, Christian Contemplative, and other meditation (Oak Ridge, TN)
- Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Knoxville and East Tennessee – Vietnamese Buddhist center (Knoxville, TN)
- Southern Dharma Retreat Center – meditation/mindfulness/Buddhist retreat center (Hot Springs, NC)
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email email@example.com
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