• Welcome

    The Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center nurtures all who wish to practice Mindfulness. We are part of a world-wide network of communities inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh. We offer weekly mindfulness meditation groups, workshops, retreats and special events in Maryland and Washington, DC.
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  • Topics are posted on Tuesdays for discussion during our main program on Thursdays at 7pm at Crossings. See calendar for meeting time and location. All are welcome.

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  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Michael Nguyen
      Sat 16

      Dec

      Cultivating Our Garden of Love: A Day of Mindfulness with Dharma Teacher Michael Nguyen

      Michael Nguyen's path to becoming a Dharma Teacher is unusual. His family came to the US from Vietnam as immigrants when he was two years old. Thirteen years later, in 1989, he met Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat and took the Five Mindfulness Trainings. However, rather than continuing in a spiritual direction, at the age…

    • Gampo Abbey 535
      Sat 16

      Dec

      Five Mindfulness Trainings Study Group

      A Five Mindfulness Trainings Study Group Meeting November 18, December 2, and December 16 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm near Takoma Metro. In the various Buddhist traditions, lay people follow a basic code of ethics known as the five precepts. The precepts encourage the practitioner to abstain from five ways of acting that create…

    • Michael Nguyen
      Sun 17

      Dec

      Letting Go — Mindfulness and Trauma Relief Exercises with Dharma Teacher Michael Nguyen

      Michael Nguyen's path to becoming a Dharma Teacher is unusual. His family came to the US from Vietnam as immigrants when he was two years old. Thirteen years later, in 1989, he met Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat and took the Five Mindfulness Trainings. However, rather than continuing in a spiritual direction, at the age…

    • Mon 1

      Jan

      Beginning the Year Mindfully: New Year's Day Brunch, 2018

      On Monday, January 1, the Still Water community will greet the New Year together at our annual New Year's Day Vegetarian Potluck Brunch. You are invited to attend with your friends and family. We will gather at the home of Rachel and Michael Phillips-Anderson in Silver Spring, Maryland, beginning at 10:00 am and ending at…

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      Sat 6

      Jan

      Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

      In the Still Water MPC we recite together the Five Mindfulness Trainings at our gatherings each month (on the second Thursday in Silver Spring and the second Sunday in Columbia). The trainings remind us of our deep aspiration to live every day with a calm mind and an open heart. They provide invaluable guidelines for…

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      Fri 26

      Jan

      Happiness is a Practice: Still Water Winter Practice Retreat

      Register now In a 2005 Dharma talk on True Happiness, Thich Nhat Hanh asked and answered the question “What is the most special thing in Buddhism?” The answer is that it is the art of subduing your mind, of purifying your mind. … With a mind that still has a lot of confusion, anger, craving, and…

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      Tue 30

      Jan

      A Calm Mind and A Joyful Heart: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

      Mindfulness is our capacity to be fully present in our own lives, to be aware of what we are doing as we are doing it. As we develop our awareness, an inner stillness naturally grows. We are better able to embrace the world, better able to respond wisely and lovingly. If we are not mindful,…

    • Tue 6

      Feb

      Smiling like a Buddha: A Six-Session Mindfulness Meditation Class

      When we practice mindfulness, we develop, over time, a relaxed state of awareness that allows for the moment-by-moment direct observation of sensations, feelings, and mind-states. When mindfulness is firmly established, joy, compassion, equanimity and loving-kindness arise. Intended for both new and experienced practitioners, the class will explore conscious breathing, developing/deepening a sitting practice, walking meditation,…