“Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Parallax Press, Berkeley, California, 1999.


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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year Greetings from Joyful Garden Sangha! May the energy of mindfulness be with you and may your life be filled with treasured moments of peace, love, and happiness.

The beginning of the year is a good chance for us to begin anew with ourselves and our practice. Let us refresh our bodies and minds, and gather together for a Day of Mindfulness (DOM) on 23 January 2011.

The DOM is a day for us to leave behind our work and worries, and enjoy each other’s presence. We can experience the happiness of the present moment simply by enjoying a series of mindfulness practice activities. By being mindful, we become truly alive. So let’s come together to sit, walk, sing, and learn in mindfulness. In practicing together, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful and steady.

The DOM program is as follows:

09:30 Arrive at Poh Ern Shih for registration

10:00 Introduction and Singing

10:15 Sitting Meditation

10:45 Thay’s Dharma Talk (DVD)

11:45 Walking Meditation

12:15 Lunch/Mindful meal

13:00 Total Relaxation

14:00 Dharma Sharing in small groups

15:00 Brief Sitting Meditation + Five Mindfulness Training Recitation

15:45 Wrap-up and Feedback

16:30 Farewell

The registration cost for the DOM is S$12 per person. This nominal charge helps to cover the costs of a vegetarian lunch, air-conditioning, and A/V equipment rental.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate children below 13 to participate in the DOM at this time. We are a young Sangha and unable to provide separate facilities, activities, and facilitators for the children's program.

Venue: Poh Ern Shih, 9 Chwee Chian Road, Singapore 117488

Please refer to the following location map: http://www.pohernshih.org/Contact(E).htm

How to register:

We can accommodate about 70 persons for this DOM. Please let us know if you are attending this event by registering online at the URL below:


Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We are expecting to reach maximum capacity, so please register early. A confirmation email will be sent to those who have successfully registered 2-3 days before the DOM. Please bring S$12 cash on the day of the event to help with rental and food costs.

If you need further information, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you at the DOM!

Breathe and Smile,
Joyful Garden Sangha


[1] Joyful Garden Sangha consists of a group of lay practitioners, who have been meeting and practicing together since 2008. We adhere closely to Thich Nhat Hanh’s (Thay’s) teachings and traditions, and are under the direct guidance of Plum Village monastics.

[2] The DOM is a one-day retreat organized by and for mindfulness practitioners in the tradition of Thay and Plum Village. It is facilitated by the Sangha, with the intention to strengthen our practice and build our brotherhood and sisterhood. It is also an opportunity to re-engage in the mindfulness practices Thay and the international delegation joyously shared with us at the recent September 2010 retreat, at Kong Meng San Monastery.