Who We Are

SCMPC is a group of friends who come from diverse spiritual backgrounds with the common interest in the practice of mindfulness in daily living. Our practice is inspired by the teachings on engaged Buddhism by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and other teachers.


SCMPC members are friends who regularly attend the weekly practice and other programs/functions.  Membership is free and open to all regardless of spiritual background or level of experience in meditation practice.

Practice Location and Time

We meet for sitting and walking meditation, dharma discussions and tea every Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the home of Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge, Florida 32955 (small building east of the main Friendship Hall)

Contact: Dat Nguyen, 321-301-4203, scmindfulness@yahoo.com

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One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, our teacher Thay [Vietnamese for "Teacher"] Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in 1926 and became a Buddhist monk at the age of sixteen. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

In Saigon in the early 60s, during the Vietnam War, Thay founded the School of Youth Social Service, a grass-roots relief organization that rebuilt bombed villages, set up schools and medical centers, resettled homeless families, and organized agricultural cooperatives. Rallying some 10,000 student volunteers, the SYSS based its work on the Buddhist principles of non-violence and compassionate action. Despite government denunciation of his activity, Thay also founded a Buddhist University, a publishing house, and an influential peace activist magazine in Vietnam.

After visiting the U.S. and Europe in 1966 on a peace mission, he was banned from returning to Vietnam. On subsequent travels to the U.S., he made the case for peace to federal and Pentagon officials including Robert McNamara. He persuaded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to oppose the Vietnam War publicly. Dr. King later nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Thay also led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

In 1982 he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile in south France, where he continues his work to help refugees, boat people, political prisoners, and hungry families in Vietnam and throughout the Third World. He has received recognition for his work with American Vietnam veterans, meditation retreats worldwide, and his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and peace. He has published numerous titles of poems, prose, and prayers, with more than 100 in English, including the best selling Call Me by My True Names, Peace Is Every Step, Being Peace, Touching Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ, Teachings on Love, The Path of Emancipation, and Anger.

Thay's main residence is in Plum Village in the meditation community he founded, where he would teach,write, and garden, and would lead retreats worldwide on "the art of mindful living." Thay's key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one self and in the world.  At present, Thay  resides at Thai Plum Village, another practice center he founded in Thailand.

Adapted from Parallax Press


Mindfulness practice

in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh



SCMPC welcomes participation from any interested person regardless of spiritual background

or level of experience in meditation practice.

Practice Program

Sundays* 4:30 - 6:30 PM - Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, Rockledge, FL 32955

- Incense Offering
- Chanting of Sutra Opening Verse
- Heart Sutra Chant
- A reading selected by the session host
- First sitting meditation (25 minutes)
- Walking meditation (10 minutes)
- Second sitting meditation (10 minutes)
- Recitation of Five Mindfulness Trainings (first Sunday of the month)
- Touching the Earth**
- Dharma sharing/discussion
- Recitation of The Three Refuges
- Recitation of Sharing the Merit
- Tea***

*Except for the third Sunday of the month which is dedicated to the recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
**With reading from “Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations With the Buddha”. Optional - At the host's discretion
***Optional - At the host's discretion



The fragrance of this incense
Invites the awakened mind
To be truly present with us now.

The fragrance of this incense
Fills the practice center,
Protects and guards our mind
From all wrong thinking.

The fragrance of this incense
Collects us and unites us.
Precepts, concentration, insight,
We offer for all that is.

Namo Bodhisattvehbyah.
Namo Mahasattvebhyah.

Source:  Chanting from the Heart, Plum Village