A place of quiet reflection to explore one’s path
to awakening in a community setting.
In 1998, three members of the Indianapolis-area Sangha attended
a retreat in Vermont led by Thich Nhat Hanh. At the retreat, Thay stressed
the importance of Sangha as a way maintain the practice of meditation.
To support their practice, the three began meeting and others soon joined
We come together each week to learn from the wisdom of the
a variety of teachers and traditions and to use the teachings to bring
mindfulness to all aspects of our lives. Our members represent a diversity
of spiritual backgrounds and traditions.
The precepts of interbeing
As part of our commitment to right living, we read and meditate
on the precepts as a way to inform our daily lives. The precepts are as
- Be open to receive others' viewpoints, to learn through out your entire
- Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering.
- Find ways to be with those who are suffering to awaken yourself and
others to the reality of suffering in the world.
- Live simply and share time, energy and material resources with those
- Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to look at other beings with
the eyes of compassion.
- Practice breathing in order to regain composure of body and mind,
to practice mindfulness and to develop concentration and understanding.
- Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community
to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts,
- Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice even when
doing so may threaten your own safety.
- Find whatever means possible to protect life and to prevent war.
- Respect the property of others, but prevent others from enriching
themselves from the suffering of other beings.
- Do not mistreat the body. Preserve vital energies for the realization
of the way. Live in a way that will create a better future for our children.
—adapted from the 14 precepts of Thich Nhat Hanh