Mindfulness Practice for the Twenty-First Century
Welcome to Deep River Sangha, a Community of Mindful Living, founded in 1999 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greensboro as part of its Adult Faith Formation program. In April, 2014, we organized as an unincorporated nonprofit association under North Carolina law.
Our sangha practices in the Plum Village tradition of the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh.
Learning the Art of Mindful Living - Waking Up and Keeping Our Appointment with Life
Life is only available to us in the present moment. Too often, however, we make ourselves unavailable to life by becoming lost in thoughts or feelings about the past or the future. Sometimes it seems our lives are running on automatic pilot, more determined by habitual reactions than by conscious choices. Unfortunately, when we are not paying attention, we can miss opportunities to experience joy and happiness or worse, we can make mistakes that cause unnecessary suffering for ourselves and others.
Fortunately, we do not have to keep sleepwalking through life. We can learn to live more mindfully, creatively engaging with life, more aware of what is happening within and around us. The word "Buddha" means "one who is fully awake." With meditation practice, we can nurture and develop our own Buddha nature so that we do not miss our appointment with life. In this way we can discover and stay in touch with the wonderful, refreshing and healing elements in us and around us in each present moment of our lives.
When and Where We Meet
Sundays: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greensboro, located at 5603 Hilltop Road (near intersection with Guilford College Road) Jamestown, North Carolina. (Schedule Note: We will not have practice on Sunday, December 10)
Wednesday: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Road (near intersection with Friendly Avenue), Greensboro, North Carolina.
Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time so that practice can start on time with everyone settled in.
Our group practices are facilitated by experienced practitioners, including Susan Poulos and Bill Patterson (shown below). Susan and Bill are members of the Order of Interbeing, an organization established in 1966 by Thich Nhat Hanh.
All Are Welcome
Visitors are always welcome, regardless of prior meditation experience. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion if you like, or you can use one of our chairs or spare cushions. Before your first visit, please enjoy reading this "Introduction for Visitors" and also, please check our online calendar for schedule changes! You will also find additional information on our FAQ page.
Documentary Film Featuring Deep River Sangha
"Sangha" is a documentary featuring our sangha produced by Alexander Epply-Schmidt, a graduate student at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Alex and his crew filmed two of our practices in 2014, and the resulting documentary includes interviews with some of our members and portions of our sitting and walking mediation practice. We are very grateful to Alex, his film crew, and everyone who participated in this project.
Bee Beautiful, Bee Yourself!