“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
– Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Joyful Garden Sangha is a lay community of practice in Singapore following Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.
It was formed in 2008 by a group of friends who were inspired by the practice of mindfulness, taught by our dear teacher. In September 2010, we were fortunate to receive Thay and the Plum Village Sangha in Singapore, listen to his dharma talks and be in a retreat under his guidance. It was then that more fresh breezes were brought to the Sangha. Two months after Thay’s retreat, even though our Sangha was new and inexperienced, we have been able to organize Days of Mindfulness together.
Joyful Garden Sangha continues to blossom with the following manifestations:
- 2 July 2014: Our Sangha has its first monastic sister ordained at Plum Village. She is part of the Oriental Cypress ordination family.
- 30 Dec 2014: Six core Sangha members were ordained into the Order of Interbeing at Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre. They are part of the Forest ordination family.
- 16-19 Jul 2015: The first Singapore mindfulness retreat fully organized by the Sangha was held at Camp Challenge.
- 30 Dec 2015: Three more members were ordained into the Order of Interbeing.
- 19 Aug 2015: Our Sangha is formally registered as Joyful Garden Community of Mindful Living (UEN: T15SS0130J).
We are grateful for the many wonderful conditions that support us, including the efforts of our predecessors in the Sangha, our spiritual teachers who watered the seeds of awakening, our blood ancestors who were the pioneers of this land, and the various beings and elements who support our practice.