Sangha 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Breathing Heart Sangha is celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering Mindfulness Meditation in Atlanta and across Georgia on Saturday, December 16, 2017 as a Day of Mindfulness from 9am to 5pm.. This announcement is being sent to those who over the years  have participated with our many varied sangha experiences. In order to assure participation, it is requested that those choosing to attend would RSVP by Saturday December 2nd via email address below.

In November of 1997, following a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh in Key West Florida, some twenty or so individuals from this region gave form to exploring how to become a Buddhist sangha in the Vietnamese tradition of Plum Village France.  Our first regular meetings were held in homes in both Athens and Atlanta.  Over time and early on there developed two sanghas, the Breathing Heart Sangha in Atlanta, and the Mindful Breath Sangha in Athens.  These two sanghas have offered days of mindfulness, retreats and other opportunities to grow and develop in the Zen practice of mindfulness meditation.  Later, several other sanghas have come into being during these twenty years across this region and in the Atlanta metropolitan community.

This 20th Anniversary of the Breathing Heart Sangha will occur on December 16th at our Mindfulness Practice Center from 9am to 5pm in Decatur Georgia.  The anniversary format will be a Day Of Mindfulness beginning for families and adults with a 9am-10am optional sitting/walking meditation and will conclude with another optional sitting from 4pm-5pm.  The gathering for the 20th anniversary celebration will begin at 10am with singing, a mindful walk, and a dharma talk shared by Lay Dharma Teacher, Kaira Jewel.  Around noon a  silent lunch of catered vegetarian dishes will be shared.   In the afternoon relaxing Inter/Play practices will be introduced.  Our anniversary celebration will be concluded with a formal Tea Ceremony and with the songs of Plum Village tradition by 4pm.

Please consider being with us on December 16th at our Mindfulness Practice Center, 1748 Old Hickory St. Decatur Ga. 30032.  Please respond via no later than December 2nd to facilitate our planning for you and your children’s presence.  Should you require other than a vegetarian meal, feel free to provide for yourself any necessary foods.  Casual comfortable clothing is suggested.

There will be an opportunity for you to offer Dana in support of this event at the anniversary celebration.

Al Lingo, Lay Dharma Teacher