a community of practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Welcome to the Waves and Water Sangha. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, our sangha is dedicated to practicing in the engaged Buddhist tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh – a tradition that has its own particular history, teachings, and form.
We are a community of practitioners interested in developing mindfulness, concentration, and insight through everyday practices. We meditate on cushions and chairs. We also engage in walking meditation, eating meditation, deep listening and loving speech. As we take care of our families, participate in paid work, volunteer in our communities, and nourish our relationships with all beings, we practice being present in body, speech and mind.
The following is the basic format we follow each week. Noble silence is an essential practice when we enter the centre as well as our meditation room.
8:45 Doors Open
9:00 Opening Chant
9:05 Sitting Meditation
9:35 Walking Meditation
9:45 Mindful Movements
9:50 Dharma Talk & Discussion *
10:20 Closing Chant-Sharing the Merit (Noble silence is resumed)
10:25 Restore the room arrangements & exit
* On the first Sunday of every month we recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
Noble silence is continued when we exit the centre. Since we share the space with the Atlantic Soto Zen group, we must respect their practice and be very conscious of our noise level while in the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre.
Information about our current activities and upcoming events is now available online at:
Since many of our sangha members are unable to attend our weekly meetings, this blog will enable everyone to keep informed of our current activities, and maintain a connection to the sangha from afar.
This blog will also serve as an introduction for those of you who are just discovering our sangha. We welcome anyone who would like to join us either short-term or long-term to experience this tradition and to strengthen their interest or ongoing practice.
Please continue to read the weekly updates on the blog, and leave any comments or questions.