Welcome to the Mindfulness Trainings Study Service.

What This Service Does

This service is offered for free to all those who would like to practice the trainings, whether they have formally received them or not, so that all practitioners may deepen their practice and contribute to the alleviation of suffering.

If you register with the service using the form below you will receive an email at the start of each week containing one of the Mindfulness Trainings to study and reflect on. You can respond to the email by clicking a link to confirm that you have read it and would like to continue receiving them. If you don't respond for ten weeks the service will cancel your registration and stop sending you emails.

When you submit the form you will be sent an email containing a link that you must click on to confirm your email address. This is to prevent people signing up strangers. If you do not confirm your email address you will not receive any mindfulness trainings.

Email:
First Name:
Dharma Name:
(if you have one)
Start With:
 

If you do not receive your confirmation email please check your spam folder, if it isn't there please email me and I'll try and sort it out. Especially check your spam folder if you use Hotmail as we have had problems with it before.

If you choose to start with one of the Five then you will be on the Five track and will receive these trainings in rotation. If you choose to start with one of the Fourteen then you will be on the Fourteen track and will receive one of the Fourteen in rotation each week. All the emails contain a link that enables you to switch track so you can always change your mind.

The Trainings

The Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world.

To practice the Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva. Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future.

Zen Characters

The trainings as offered here have been formulated by our teacher Vietnamese Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh of the 42nd generation of the Linji (Rinzai) Dhyana School but are common to all schools of Buddhism and have been in use for 2,500 years. They are not rules or commandments but sets of principles to adopt in order to develop happiness, compassion and insight. They are compatible with all religions. Two sets of trainings are offered; the Five and the Fourteen.

The Five are based on the five Buddhist precepts that are common to all schools of Buddhism. They are typically adopted by all who wish to follow the Buddhist path.

The Fourteen are adopted by those who are (or are considering becoming) members of the Order of Interbeing either as lay or monastic members. These are also based on classic Buddhist precepts that have been in use for thousands of years.

The Five and the Fourteen overlap a great deal. The Fourteen could be seen as a more detailed exploration of the Five. The Five could be seen as a summary of the Fourteen. Even within the Five and Fourteen the precepts overlap. It is difficult to adopt one precept without, by implication, following the others. This is an expression of interbeing.

Some people undergo a formal ceremony to commit to practicing the trainings. After formally receiving them the practitioner understands that they should study and recite them regularly so that their practice deepens day by day. You don't have to go through any ceremony to adopt the precepts though. You can just reflect on them and see how they related to the way you live your life. They are not rules! Nobody is counting.

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