Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center
6814 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912-3408
Contact: Mitchell Ratner
Many of us live as though there were tape recorders in our heads - constantly
playing back worries, fears, regrets, commentary, and criticism; or replaying
old songs and scenes from the past. Mindfulness practice enables us to find the
pause buttons on our recorders, to shift from thinking about the world to
experiencing it. We become more aware of our bodies, our feelings, our emotions,
and our environment. We are better able to respond wisely and compassionately to
events as they unfold.
The Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center's mission is to nurture all who wish
to practice Mindfulness. We are part of a world-wide network of communities
inspired by the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, a widely-known
Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and activist. We are also incorporated as a
religious non-profit corporation in the state of Maryland.
Members of the Still Water community come together to sit quietly in meditation,
to learn Mindfulness practices (from sitting meditation to hugging meditation),
and to support each other in our lives' journeys. Each Thursday evening, from
7:00 - 9:15 p.m., there is a community gathering which includes sitting
meditation and a program focused on mindfulness in everyday life. (A Still Water
orientation is offered the first Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.)
Each weekday morning members of the Still Water community gather together to
practice sitting and walking meditation before beginning their daily pursuits.
Newcomers and experienced practitioners are always welcome.
In addition to our regular program we regularly offer workshops, retreats, and
other special events. The best way to stay informed about our activities is to
subscribe to our email newsletter, which provides information about each
Thursday's program as well as other events in our community and in the area.
Almost 60 years ago, Paul Reps published a picture poem in Zen Telegrams:
a bowl of green tea
I stopped the war
When we drink tea with Mindfulness we resist the busyness, materialism, and
alienation of our modern world. We practice Mindfulness for ourselves, to become
calmer, more alive, more genuine. And we practice Mindfulness for the world - to
create a world in which there is greater understanding and compassion, a world
in which our essential oneness is embodied in thought and action.
About Still Water MPC's Senior Teacher
Mitchell Ratner, Ph.D. has been a lay member of the Tiep Hien Buddhist order
since 1993 and in 2001 received the Dharmacariya (Meditation Teacher)
transmission from Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
An applied anthropologist and a founder of the Still Water Mindfulness Practice
Center, since 1994 he has taught classes and workshops focused on practicable
methods of integrating mindfulness meditation with work, meaningful
relationships, and the challenges of everyday life.