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We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness.

— THICH NHAT HANH
Wind Island Sangha logo, an enso and the words "wind island" on a solid deep purple circle

Wind Island Sangha is a lay practice community in the Plum Village tradition. A sangha is a local community of mindfulness practitioners who gather to meditate, to share their joys and difficulties, and to encourage each other on the path of practice. Meeting regularly with others to sit and share together is a precious way to cultivate our understanding and compassion and to re-establish our deep connection with others.

The next Buddha will be a Sangha.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Teachers

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

Sister Chan Khong is the first fully-ordained monastic disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, and the director of his humanitarian projects since the 1960’s.

Community

Everyone who comes to practice is a member of the sangha. Thay often says that the sangha is a garden, full of many varieties of trees and flowers.

The Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien in Vietnamese, is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.

Practice

Learn about mindful breathing, walking, sitting, eating, and resting.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. They are true practices of compassion and understanding.

We know that if there is no collective awakening, then the earth and all species will not have a chance to be saved. Our daily life has to show that we are awake.

— THICH NHAT HANH, THE BLUE CLIFF LETTER, 2007

About Us

Our sangha is LGBTQIA+ affirming and welcoming, aims to heal the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, and follows the five contemplations before eating. Learn more about us.

Contact Us

windislandsangha@gmail.com

Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada

Where We Meet

Pender Island is part of unceded Tsawout, Tsawwassen, Stz’uminus, and Penelakut Lands. Our sangha name honours the SENĆOŦEN name for North Pender Island: S,DÁYES, which means “wind drying.”

We express our deep gratitude to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation Sangha Building Program and to the World Beat Sangha for the material we have used here from the New Sangha Practice Book.

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