Days of Mindfulness

Boston Old Path Sangha, along with the Mindfulness Practice Community of Greater Boston, holds a Day of Mindfulness periodically throughout the year.


Day of Mindfulness on

Exploring White Awareness
With Dharma Teacher John Bell and OI Member Lillian Fuchs

9:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017

First Church Unitarian Universalist
404 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA

Join us for a Day of Mindfulness with practitioners who experience being white as part of our identity journey. To help create Beloved Community, we will use deep reflection and deep listening to explore habit energies we hold as white people. We will look into both what we see in ourselves and also what we may not be able to see.

This day is intended to be a journey of discovery and freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that our main task is to wake up from the delusion of feeling separate. In our country, racism has played such a huge role in separating us from one another. Racism has brought untold damage to people of color, and has compromised the humanity of white people. Recovering from the effects of racism is key to our individual and collective freedom. Such work takes us to the heart of Dharma practice.

Our practice will weave together meditation, movement, and dharma sharing in the Plum Village tradition with prompts from current films and authors. Together we will build a respectful space to explore this challenging subject with our bodies, hearts, and minds. This day will conclude with options for longer-term work.

To honor the seriousness of the work, we ask you to commit to coming for the entire day.

First Church in Belmont. (The temple in Roslindale was not available.) Ample parking in the church lot. Bus #75 from Harvard Square stops across the street. Directions here .

All are welcome, understanding focus is on white awareness. No registration fee. Dana only. It would be helpful if you could RSVP to John Bell for planning purposes and space set-up: Please bring lunch.

John Bell, Dharma Teacher, former VP of YouthBuild USA, author and trainer
Lillian Fuchs, Order of Interbeing Member, massage therapist, movement teacher


The registration fee of $20.00 supports the temple. However no one is required to pay to attend any Day of Mindfulness. Checks should be made out to Temple Vietnam. In addition, a Dana basket will be available for the teacher(s). Please dress warmly, especially with socks and slippers, and wear comfortable clothes. Kindly bring a vegetarian bag lunch, a cup and a napkin. Tea and light snacks will be available.

Temple Vietnam is one mile from Forest Hills MBTA and the Arborway. You can reach it via the Arborway to Washington Street or via Forest Hills Orange Line MBTA. Search 68 Bradeen Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 in your navigation. Drive inside the gate for plenty of parking or park at end of the street.

Future Days of Mindfulness:

  • March 10, 2018 — Order of Interbeing member, Yenkuei Chuang
  • April 14, 2018 — Dharma Teachers Michael & Fern, from Morning Sun
  • May 12, 2018 — Dharma Teacher Peggy Smith with OI member Theodate Lawlor

Previous Days of Mindfulness:

  • November 12, 2016 — Dharma Teacher John Bell:  “The Heart of Our Practice”
  • December 10, 2016 — Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday: “Freedom from Fear and Separation”
  • January 14, 2017 — Dharma Teacher Elizabeth Wood with Margrit Romang:  “Wonder as the Antidote to Worry”
  • February 11, 2017 (CANCELLED)
  • March 11, 2017 — Dharma Teacher Richard Brady: “Joy”
  • April 8, 2017 — Dharma Teacher John Bell: “Climate Change as a Door to Awakening”
  • October 14, 2017 — Sister Ocean: “The Art of Listening”