Alexis’ Letter about Peace after the Attacks

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Dear friends from around the world, I am writing to you from Montréal. On Friday, I lost my cousin during the attacks in France. Faced...

Letter to Thay on Diversity

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By Anthuan Vuong Leading up to my Order of Interbeing ordination at the 2015 Wake Up Ambassador Retreat during the North American Tour at Deer...

Present with Myself, Present with My Patients

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By Anthuan Vuong To maintain my sanity in an intense and at times chaotic and insane environment, I have been motivated by the staff and...

Mindfulness and Meditation Flashmob for Peace in Uruguay

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My name is Paula Brandino. I facilitate and coordinate Wake Up Montevideo in Uruguay since a year and a half ago. I started this group...

Wake Up Mexico City

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This month as Sangha of the Month, we travel to Latin America and get to know Wake Up Mexico City! Find out how they got...

Lessons I Learned from Buddhist Nuns about Dating and Relationships

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By Jessica Semaan I spent two weeks at Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery in France. I came to recover from burn out, and what I...

The Way of Aspiration

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by Jonathan Borella  In one hand, I hold life’s suffering.  The other holds its joy.  Joined together a lotus blossoms from the heart  And the way of aspiration...

Reflections on a Day of Mindfulness

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by Jonathan Borella After finally parking the car several blocks away, I make my way towards the park. The streets were crowded and busy with...

Monastics Visit Wake Up New York

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Recollections and Reflections – March 4, 2016 by Rachel Rampil, Sangha member and occasional facilitator, Wake Up New York Dear Community, On the first Friday of March, Wake...

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

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By Jonathan Borella The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Loving Speech and Deep Listening Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to...

Wake Up Spirit: Mountain Lamp Community Retreat 2013

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By Brian Kimmel In October of 2012 a delegation of four non-monastic and five monastic friends of Deer Park toured the Pacific Northwest offering workshops,...

One Year at Blue Cliff Monastery

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By Nhu-Mai Nguyen The following is a letter that I submitted to the monastic sisters as part of my self Shining Light, which is a...

Practicing Mindfulness in a Beautiful Way

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By a lay friend On January 23rd, 2016, around 25 people gathered for a Day of Mindfulness at Garfield Park in South Pasadena, just outside...

Dating in the Sangha – Roses and Compost to be Aware of

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by David Viafora As a facilitator in Wake Up groups and retreats, I consistently cut myself some slack and recognize that we are all young...

Happiness is Here and Now – Poem

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By Jonathan Borella Happiness is here and now. Do you hear the sound? Can you feel the walls tearin' down? You might as well wear a smile. No need...