A Community of Mindful Living in Charlottesville, Virginia
Sangha is the Sanskrit word for community. The Cloud Floating Free Sangha is a community practicing meditation and mindfulness in the tradition of the Venerable Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, led by lay members of Thich Nhat Hanh’s International Order of Interbeing (known as the OI).
We practice sitting meditation and walking meditation; we have dharma (which is the Sanskrit word for teachings) readings and dharma discussions. All of which promote the practice of mindful awareness in every aspect of daily life. We welcome all levels of practitioners from the beginner to the advanced.
Our Wednesday evening meetings from 6:25-8:30 PM and our Sunday morning meetings from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM begin with one hour of meditation, which includes a guided sitting meditation, a walking meditation, and a silent sitting meditation. Our second hour together is comprised of the practice of dharma reading and dharma sharing from our hearts and our own experiences. Here is where we learn the wonderful practices of deep listening and loving speech.
On the first Wednesday and third Sunday of each month, we have a “semi-formal” recitation of The Five Mindfulness Trainings followed by a dharma sharing.
An early arrival of at least 5 minutes to allow for getting settled is appreciated. Newcomers should arrive 10 minutes early for a short welcoming orientation.
There are no fees required. Any donation (dana) is appreciated. Donations will go toward costs for supporting the practice centers and for scholarships to retreats and days of mindfulness for individual practitioners as approved of by the sangha at large. And if there is any extra at the end of each year, we will make a donation to one of the good causes of our practice.