FARMINGTON – Explore the practice of Zen with Full Moon Sangha, a new practice group that meets weekly.

The sangha, a Buddhist term for a community, practices in the tradition of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen master, author, poet and peace activist who has been a major force in developing a form of engaged Buddhism in the west.

The sangha meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at the Work First, Inc. building, located behind the Touch of Class Thrift Store on Route 2 just west of the Hannaford supermarket. Enter through the building’s far left door from the parking lot.

Services include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting of sutras, readings from books by Thich Nhat Hanh and Buddhist masters from a variety of traditions, and Dharma sharing — discussion of Buddhist practice.

Chairs are available or bring meditation cushions. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, or for a short tutorial on Zen etiquette and practice prior to the service, email [email protected]

Zen is a school of Buddhism that emphasizes direct experience of reality through mindfulness in every aspect of life. It traces its roots to the Buddha, Shakyamuni Gautama, 2,600 years ago. Zen is said to have entered China with the monk Bodhidharma in the fifth century and from there spread throughout China, to Korea, Japan and Vietnam, and now to the west.


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