The Heart of London Sangha is part of a UK network of practitioners, Plum Village UK – also known as the Community of Interbeing – which is associated with Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Monastery in France.
We are a peer-led group. Experienced members facilitate our Mornings and Evenings of Mindfulness each week. We have a Care Taking Team with rotating membership that deals with administrative tasks.
We rely on volunteers in other ways too, for instance to set up the room and greet those arriving. If you would like to help that would be welcome.
We have a library from which anyone may borrow once they have come to the sangha three times. We also have a small stock of books for sale.
In addition to our regular Mindfulness Mornings and Evenings, other activities include occasional full Days of Mindfulness, plus monthly shared lunches. Please join our mailing list to be kept up to date with these and similar events by an occasional email newsletter.
If any particular questions about anything please get in touch by email or just chat with us when you come along.
In 2020 Heart of London Sangha has its 25th anniversary.
We have come a long way since November 1995 when a small group of practitioners started meeting in the Tower Room of St James Picadilly church. Ever since we have offered space and structure for practice in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.
Members of our sangha have included Natasha, Dylan and Ben, who are now senior monastic Dharma Teachers in Plum Village – Sister True Dedication, Brother Phap Lingh and Brother Phap Lai.
The bursary scheme is intended to help committed practitioners on a low income attend a retreat in the UK, at Plum Village or the European Institute of Applied Buddhism.
The criteria for applying are regular attendance at our sangha for at least one year (although some exceptions may be considered) and contribution to sangha life.
The maximum amount allocated will be half of the retreat cost and/or travel expenses, and funding will only be available for retreats of up to one week in duration.
The whole process will be confidential.