About

about

The Wake Up community is inspired by Buddhist monk, author and poet Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay or teacher to his students) and the Plum Village Sangha. Thay’s lifelong work has been to renew Buddhism to make it relevant and applicable to daily life in the modern world and to also engage in the work of community-building, to actualize the third Jewel of the Three Jewels, the Sangha. Wake Up practices in this spirit. We see the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) as a source of wisdom that can help us generate more happiness, freedom, love, compassion, joy and openness in ourselves and our world.  We also see the need to create a community of practice, especially one for those of us in our twenties or early thirties, so we can support each other on the journey.

practicing as a Sangha

The Wake Up New York Sangha offers a way to pool our energy and walk together on the path of awakening. Practicing alone as a young person in today’s world we may not go very far, but together we can sustain our aspiration and support one another. We come together to generate peace, joy, compassion, happiness in ourselves, to find ways to apply mindfulness to our lives including our work and relationships and to find ways to live lives that are more in harmony with the Earth and with each other. The foundation of the community’s practice is mindfulness and love, expressed concretely in the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. In practicing together as a family we can surely bring transformation and healing to individuals and the world!

our inspiration

Wake Up New York is inspired by Buddhist monk, author and poet Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay or teacher to his students) and the Plum Village Sangha. Thay’s lifelong work has been to renew Buddhism to make it relevant and applicable to daily life in the modern world and to also engage in the work of community-building, to actualize the third Jewel of the Three Jewels, the Sangha. Wake Up New York practices in this spirit. We see the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) as a source of wisdom that can help us generate more happiness, freedom, love, compassion, joy and openness in ourselves and our world.  We also see the need to create a community of practice, especially one for those of us in our twenties or early thirties, so we can support each other on the journey.

the wake up movement

There are also Wake Up communities budding across the world in North America, Europe and Asia.  The Wake Up movement grew out of the Plum Village mindfulness center in SW France, under the support of  Thich Nhat Hanh  and the Plum Village community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners. Wake Up ‘officially’ launched in the summer of 2008  with the goal of making the practice of mindfulness more applicable and relevant to young people. For more on the global Wake Up community, please visit http://www.wkup.org

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