The Nashville Music of the Heart Sangha meets each Sunday at 9:30 AM*.
The Healing Well
3808 Park Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
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Music of the Heart Sangha is a cooperative Sangha that practices in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. If you haven't been to one of our practices previously, or you haven't joined us in a while, please know that you are absolutely welcome! For each of the aspects of practice, the week's leader will take time to explain traditions so that you will feel very comfortable.
SANGHA - In his book Creating True Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies joining with others in a Sangha, or spiritual community, as an essential mindfulness practice:
"The Sangha River is a community of friends who practice the way of harmony, awareness, and compassion. In the sangha we practice mindful sitting, walking and breathing. The sangha radiates a collective energy that can support us and make us strong. The sangha is a boat that transports us and prevents us from sinking into the ocean of suffering. This is why it is so important that we take refuge in the sangha. Allow our community to hold you, to transport you. When you do, you will feel more solid and stable and will not risk drowning in your suffering. Taking refuge in the sangha is not a matter of belief. "I take refuge in the Sangha" is not a statement of faith; it is a practice. As a river, all the individual drops of water arrive together at the ocean."
Music of the Heart Sangha was formed October 2011.
Following Thay’s 2011 Magnolia Grove Retreat, the “Seeking Inner Peace Family” break-out group returned to Nashville and began Music of the Heart Sangha. We have been meeting weekly ever since.
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Music of the Heart held weekend-long “Mindfulness Retreats” in the Nashville area, supported by the Magnolia Grove monastics.
Music of the Heart Sangha has one regular weekly sitting each Sunday.
Music of the Heart’s Sangha meetings are led by sangha members, using the Sangha Handbook and Thay’s teachings in the tradition of Plum Village. We are a non-secular sangha. Beginners and seasoned meditation practitioners are all invited to join us. Everyone is welcome!
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