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The Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston (MPC-Houston) is a community of lay practitioners inspired by the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village). The community, formed originally under the name Dharma Rain, was founded in January 1997 by three members of the Order of Interbeing, (Tiep Hien Order.) The purpose of the sangha (a Sanskrit word for community) is to support each other in learning to live with awareness.

The practice of mindfulness helps alleviate suffering and allows us more joy in our lives. By practicing together, our mindfulness becomes more solid, relaxed, and joyful. We practice with understanding, openness, and a receptive heart. We welcome everyone who wishes to learn the art of meditation and mindful living regardless of race, ethnic or cultural origin, gender, religious practice, or sexual orientation.

Weekly Sittings

SUNDAY 6:00–8:00 PM
Our usual weekly meeting begins with an hour of sitting and walking meditation followed by incense offering and chanting. The program following meditation varies among Mindfulness Trainings recitation, discussion of a selected text, listening to a Dharma talk on tape by Thich Nhat Hanh, or an occasional special ceremony.
When coming for the first time, please contact us at as the schedule is subject to change.

Free Public Talk by Dharma Teacher Michael Ciborski

Suffering Less in Challenging Moments: Finding Refuge & Strength on the Path of Mindfulness, Meditation & Prayer

Wed., October 15, 2014 6:30pm–8:30pm
1712 Fairview, Houston, 77006
Suggested donation $15–$25
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Upcoming Retreat with
Michael Ciborski

Thursday 5pm–Sunday 1pm
October 16–19,2014
Topic: “Finding the Sacred in Each Moment by Letting Go”

Download the PDF for more information and registration

Download the Scholarship Pdf to apply for financial assistance.