Milwaukee Mindfulness Center Engaged Buddhism Program
Thich Nhat Hahn, our root teacher, believes that Buddhism should encompass our everyday life, the people and situations around us. To that end we have created our Engaged Buddhism Program.
Sharing our practice and deepening our own practice:
Engaged Buddhism for our group should involve an aspect of our unique practices and should serve to deepen the practice of our members involved. Since mindfulness is core to our practice an engaged Buddhism project should involve bringing mindfulness to others and help our involved members deepen their own practice of mindfulness.
Both our organization and any organization we engage with should clearly see the mutual benefit of the relationship. The Sangha should be invited to participate in a project in which both organizations feel we can bring a positive aspect to the interchange. Our purpose is not to make ourselves feel better about what we do but to bring positive change to a situation by doing what we do uniquely, with mindfulness and compassion.
If you or your organization are interested in becoming part of the Milwaukee Mindfulness Center’s Engaged Buddhism effort please contact Jim Barrett at email@example.com. Please put “Engaged Buddhism” in the message subject line.
Midwest Meditation Volunteers
The Midwest Meditation Volunteers is a small organization, now officially sponsored by the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, which spends an hour and a half on Saturday or Sunday evenings teaching the basics of shamatha meditation to the inmates at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. MSDF is located in that newer high rise building right alongside I-43 just north of the county courthouse, and is mostly populated by folks sent there for just a few weeks or months on account of parole violations. Usually 2 or sometimes 3 of us go in together, about once a month for each of us, and meet with whoever is interested that day.
Training sessions for new volunteers are held about twice a year. Current volunteers hail largely from the Mindfulness Center and Tender Shoot of Joy, but there are individuals from other lineages as well.
For more information contact Judy Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org