The Five Mindfulness Trainings--A One-Day, In-Town Retreat

  • 18 Jun 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Red Clay Sangha
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The Five Mindfulness Trainings
of Thich Nhat Hanh

A One-Day, In-Town Retreat with Richard Skoonberg

Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 9:00 to 5:00 

To become a sincere, Buddhist practitioner, one commits to practicing the precepts. The five basics precepts are: do not kill, do not steal, do not lie, do not abuse sex, and refrain from intoxicants. During this retreat, we will combine meditation with an examination of the precepts (trainings) offered by the late Vietnamese Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. The Five Mindfulness Trainings are his foundational teachings on sila, the Buddhist term for ethical behavior. His teaching provides a deeper perspective on the meaning of the five basic precepts. Practicing the Five Mindfulness Trainings is how we can take our practice off the cushion and into our everyday lives.  

"The Five Mindfulness Trainings are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. They are true practices of compassion and understanding."   
    --Thich Nhat Hanh

Cost  The registration fee for this day-long retreat is $10.

Richard Skoonberg is a founding member of Red

Clay Sangha and has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 19 years. At Red Clay, he regularly leads the Sunday Sutra Service and the Dharma discussion that follows. He also the co-leader for the Buddhist Sitting Group at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta. Richard received the Five Mindfulness Trainings several years ago from our teacher and Dharma friend, Therese Fitzgerald, in a formal ceremony.

What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

Location  This day-long retreat will be held in our new sangha space at 3315 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Chamblee, GA 30341.  Our new location is a storefront in a small strip mall at the corner of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and West Hospital Ave. There is ample parking.  

Lunch  A healthy, vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Questions or More Information? Please contact Richard Skoonberg at 

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