COMMUNITY OF MINDFUL LIVING
IN THE TRADITION OF ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH
The Broward Lotus Sangha (BLS) is Non Profit Organization founded as a Mindfulness Practice Center and Community of Mindful Living in the tradition of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, our spiritual teacher. Thây, as he is affectionately known to his students, is the founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France and the United States. His lifelong efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Master, Beloved Dharma Teacher, Buddhist Scholar, poet, prolific writer, well known peace activist, and founder of Engaged Buddhism.
Our organization offers Meditation Sessions, Retreats, Days of Mindfulness, Family and Children Programs, Dharma Movie Nights, Picnics-in-the-Park, Mindful Outings in Nature, and other Environmentally Conscious Dharma Activities and Special Events throughout South Florida and beyond to support our mission and vision of living mindfully in the present moment and developing good environmental stewards in our communities. To see a list of our Sangha’s past, present, and future activities and events, visit our Calendar Section.
The Broward Lotus Sangha meets for regularly scheduled Meditation Sessions every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at 9948 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
A ‘Sangha‘ is a community of practitioners that gets together to meditate, practice mindfulness, and socialize with a focus. The door opens around 5:30 PM to set up and practitioners are invited to mindfully arrive by 5:45 PM so they can find a comfortable place to sit and relax while listening to the music. Silent meditation starts promptly at 6:00 PM. If you arrive after that, please come in quietly. (We will be talking again by about 6:30 PM when our walking meditation commences). At the end of the meditation gathering we usually share some tea and treats and, whenever possible, go out to dinner nearby afterwards. In order to be kind to the Earth Mother, please bring your own non-disposable teacup.
We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic origin, race, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or physical ability.
We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing and nourishment.
Click here for directions to the Sangha’s meditation meeting location.
If you are just beginning your meditation practice and would like to learn more about our Community of Mindful Living or basic meditation techniques, or please visit our Frequently Asked Questions, Other Tools for Mindfulness Practice, and Links for Mindfulness Practice sections. You may also wish to set up an appointment for an introductory meditation class offered at 5:30 PM before our regularly scheduled Sunday Meditation Sessions to ask for guidance from one of our core Sangha members.
Our Mindfulness Practice Center and Community of Mindful Living offers guidance from resident and visiting Dharma Teachers, Buddhist Chaplains, 5 Ordained Members of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Order of Interbeing (Tiêp Hiên) and classes with Mindfulness Meditation Instructors. We also host special Sangha meetings for members and aspirants of the Order of Interbeing on Wednesday evenings from 9:30 to 11:30 PM at 2321 SW 127 Ave., Davie FL 33325. Please contact the Sangha for more information about this meditation meeting.
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