Pam as officiant at Ben & Tammy's Wedding

The Sangha in Charlottesville has been in existence for over 25 years. Pam Perugi Marraccini inherited the leadership of Cloud Floating Free Sangha in 2003. She began practicing in this tradition in 1995 when she received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings and the dharma name True Aspirations of the Heart at an Omega Institute retreat with the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She was then ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh on August 16, 2002 and was given the lineage name Deep Listening of the Heart and the new dharma name Chan An Nguyen (True Source of Peace). Her commitments to the OI include activities from teaching mindfulness individually as well as in groups, guiding the sangha meetings, and leading days of mindfulness to officiating weddings and mentoring an OI aspirant. She has given her support to fledgling sanghas in neighboring cities. Pam nourishes her own practice by attending retreats with her regional dharma teachers Anh-Houng and Thu Ngyuen from the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax and with her source teacher the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh at either Plum Village, France, or Deer Park Monastery, CA, or Blue Cliff Monastery, NY.

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