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.
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 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).
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.