These are new Facebook groups inspired by the Plum Village lineage. Their tagline is: Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy, Compassionate, and Wise Society. www.wkup.org
Wake Up Canada: http://www.facebook.com/WakeUpCanada
Wake Up Ontario http://www.facebook.com/WakeUpOntario
Wake Up ― Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy, Compassionate, and Wise Society ― is a world-wide network of young people practising the living art of mindfulness. We share a determination to live in an awakened way, taking a 21st Century version of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings as our path and guiding light.
The Wake Up network has grown out of Plum Village meditation centre in SW France, under the guidance of Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Plum Village has been offering retreats to young people for over two decades, and the Wake Up movement was formally launched in the summer of 2008.
Young monks, nuns and young lay people of many different nationalities help co-ordinate groups and events from Plum Village practice centres all over the world – Deer Park monastery in California, Blue Cliff monastery in New York, La Maison de L’Inspir’ in Paris, the European Institute for Applied Buddhism in Germany, and Thai Plum Village (in Thailand).
We are of all nationalities and of all faiths – or none. We don’t ‘believe’ blindly in the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness; we each experience the teachings for ourselves. When we practice mindful walking, breathing, smiling, sitting, eating, talking, listening and hanging-out together, we experience happiness and peace – a kind of oasis of relief from the junk of life. At last we have a chance to live more deeply, happily and meaningfully. There is joy, relief and healing.