Mindfulness Practice

Zen Practice in the Tradition of Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to River Valley Sangha

Meditation and mindfulness practice each Sunday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about attendance or practice, you may contact Doug Barton at douglaskbarton@gmail.com (501-920-5348), Paul Carreras at pcarreras1@gmail.com (501-413-7808), or Marcia Zamora at marciazam@sbcglobal.net (501-944-8434)

Visitors are most welcome to meet with our Sangha. No previous meditation experience is required. However, if you are new to EBS or new to meditation practice, please contact Doug, Paul, or Marcia in advance to arrange to meet at 5:00 for a brief introduction to our center, meditation and our practice.

Mats and cushions are provided, or you may bring your own. Chairs are also available for those who prefer them. Dress is casual.

Weekly practice consists of 

  • Sitting meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Reading and mindful discussion
  • Recitations from Order of Mindfulness Practice (available for review below) to expand our understanding of Buddhist principles, teachings and wisdom
  • Enjoying the present moment

Expanded practice, study and discussion

River Valley Sangha often meets at 4:00 on Sundays for additional book discussion, video teachings or special practices. All are welcome to attend. Here are the upcoming 2016 sessions.

Starting Sunday, May 15: Karma. What it is. What it isn't. Why it matters, led by Kaye Lundgren

Kaye notes: "How we're experiencing things depends on the state of our mind and the karma we create. The karma we create depends on the state of our mind and what we're thinking. As long as we have the view that it's all coming from outside, we're making ourselves a prisoner." The concept of karma fascinates me. With that said, I have offered to host a book gathering featuring "Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters," by Traleg Kyabgon. As I remember, the book has ten chapters, including intro and conclusion. So, I propose we study two chapters a week. At this time, we will start @ 4:00 pm on May 15 and end June 12, five weeks of study. Amazon has several used copies, if interested.


River Valley Sangha Order of Mindfulness Practice

Other regular and special activities

  • Third Sunday of the month, the Sangha may go out for tea and visiting after practice, and you are welcome to join us
  • Fifth Sunday of the month, the Sangha enjoys a potluck together after practice
  • Retreats and events led by the monastics of Thich Nhat Hanh can be found at Magnolia Grove Monastery and Meditation Practice Center Events & Retreats tab at magnoliagrovemonastery.org.

Magnolia Grove Monastery and Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center

Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, MS, is a residential monastery established by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is simultaneously Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center. Retreats and Days of Mindfulness are scheduled for all to attend. Information is available at: www.magnoliagrovemonastery.org.

Our Teacher, Thich Nhất Hạnh

Thich Nhat Hanh (addressed by followers as Thay, or teacher) is a Zen Master, teacher, scholar, poet, human rights activist and has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He was born in Vietnam in 1926 and became a monk at the age of 16.

During the Vietnam War, Thay maintained political neutrality. He steadfastly practiced Engaged Buddhism, founding the School of Youth for Social Service, rallying 10,00 young people throughout Vietnam to work with communities and war victims in the Buddhist spirit of compassion and non-violence. In 1966 he toured the United States to speak out about the war and was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967 for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ultimately, he was exiled from his home country.

In 1966 while in Vietnam, Thay established Tiep Hien, the Order of Interbeing. In 1982, he established Plum Village in France as his meditation center, monastery and Sangha. He has subsequently established monasteries or meditation centers in several countries, and for more than two decades he toured the US every other year conducting retreats. His health now prevents him from leaving Plum Village.

Thay is an important influence in the development of Western Buddhism. His teachings and mindfulness practices appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds.  

Monasteries and Practice Centers in the Plum Village Tradition (June 2015)


United States


  • Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, Hong Kong, www.pvfhk.org
  • Thai Plum Village International Meditation Center, Thailand, www.thaiplumvillage.org
  • Stream Entering Meditation Center, Beaufort, Victoria, Australia, www.nhapluu.org
  • Joyfully Together Mindfulness Practice Center, Shah Alam Malaysia
  • Tu Hieu Monastery, Hue, Vietnam
  • Dieu Tram Nunnery, Hue, Vietnam