Bay Area Community of  Mindful Living

          A Sangha in the Plum Village Tradition of Engaged Buddhism        

   Serving the Great Lakes Bay Area of Michigan - Everyone Welcome

Established 2012

The Bay Area Community of Mindful Living meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm (Tea 6:30 - 6:55pm) at
  Unity Spiritual Center  -  3736  State Street Road in Bay City, Michigan

  We are "lay practioners" practicing  in the Plum Village Engaged Buddhism tradition of  Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.


Thich Nhat Hanh's key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live  in the present moment
 instead of in the past and in the future. Dwelling in the present moment is,  according to Nhat Hanh, the only way
to truly develop peace, both in one's self and in the world. Our meetings are typically about 90 minutes long and include
sitting mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, study, Dharma Sharing and loving-kindness (Metta) meditation.

 Please bring your own meditation cushion if you wish to sit on the floor.  Chairs are available.

Our Mission

The Bay Area Community of Mindful Living (BACML) is dedicated to providing a location and supportive group
of people for mindfulness practice in the Plum Village Engaged Buddhism tradition in the Great Lakes Bay Area of Michigan. We strive to live with
 present moment awareness and study and practice Buddhadharma ideals, mindfulness, ethics, compassion, loving-kindness, and liberation.
 Based on a 2500-year-old Buddhist teaching, this practice helps us to see more deeply and clearly into our lives.
With insight, we develop ways of living more peacefully, compassionately, and wisely.

Daily practice  forms the foundation of practice: 
-daily meditation practice, and the practice of mindfulness and compassion as we go about our daily lives.
 We  seek to find ways to support practitioners in integrating and applying mindfulness in all areas of life.

Our Calendar          Sangha Study Resources       Plum Village News   

Questions:  Brian McLuckie:   =   Mark Paveglio:
     =   Gary

The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Teachings, Quotes, Books   

  Our Facebook Page    Our Facebook Group

  Overview of Our Practice    Our Sangha Practice Book     Sangha Building

Recommended Resources to Guide Your Practice in the Plum Village Tradition




About Engaged Buddhism

An Introduction to Mindfulness Practice - Videos - (Plum Blossom Sangha, Austin Texas)

The Five Mindfulness Trainings    The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings    Noble Silence   Bowing   Taking Refuge


   Mindfulness of Breathing   
Walking Meditation     Mindfulness Bell  
Looking Deeply   Dharma Sharing     Engaged Practice

  10 Minute Meditation Timer           25 Minute Meditation Timer


Morning Chant    Evening Chant      The Bell Chant      The New Heart Sutra   

 Namo Avalokitesvaraya     Namo Shakya Munaye Buddhaya

     Breathing in, Breathing Out     No Coming, No Going

 Interbeing      Happiness is Here and Now   


When we read a sutra, we can ask ourselves, What does this sutra have to do with my daily life?

or  How can apply this sutra to a difficulty I am facing right now?

       About Mahayana Sutras

Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake  

Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing     Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness   

Discourse on The Middle Way 
Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself         Discourse on Happiness

Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings  
Discourse on Teaching to Be Given to the Sick 

   The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra Heart Sutra   
  The Prajna Paramita Diamond Sutra 

Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

  Plum Village     
Blue Cliff Monastery      European Institute of Applied Buddhism

The Mindfulness Bell Journal    Deer Park Monastery        Magnolia Grove Monastery


Buddhanet Dharma Education     Michigan Buddhist      Audio Dharma    Access to Insight (Pali Canon)

Wake Up Schools     Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Insight Meditation Center (California) Articles      

The Noble Eightfold Path for Householders - Jack Kornfield 

Prerequisites for Meditation - Ayya Khema

The great way of Reality,
Is our true natures pure ocean
The source of Mind penetrates everywhere.
From the roots of virtue springs the practice of compassion.
Precepts, concentration and insight -
The nature and function of all three are one.
The fruit of transcendent wisdom,
Can be realized by being wonderfully together.
Maintain and transmit the wonderful principle,
In order to reveal the true teaching!
For the realization of True Emptiness to be possible,
Wisdom and Action must go together.

Zen Master Lieu Quan

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