Meditation / Deep River Sangha

Deep River Sangha (mindfulness community) shares heart-centered mindfulness practices in the Plum Village tradition of peace activist and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

The community meets at from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday at New Garden Friends Meeting. We enjoy sitting and walking meditations, as well as readings and sharing. Beginners and seasoned meditators welcome.

Who We Are

We are a group of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, religions, and spiritual traditions. We come from across the Triad and practice and encourage each other to live in mindfulness in each moment of every day.

On the first Wednesday of every month we enjoy a mostly silent practice. The last Wednesday of each month we recite the Five or Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, keeping our practice fresh. Occasionally, we hold “Beginner’s Mind” practice for people new to mindfulness and for those who wish to refresh their practice.

More Information
To learn more about Deep River Sangha, contact Susan Poulos.

The Three Roots of Our Practice


Calming the mind so that worries and anxieties do not dominate our lives.


Recognizing that we are not separate, that we are part of a community, an ecosystem, and the world around us.


Recognizing that the choices we make and actions we take affect our happiness and health, that of our fellow humans, and the wider natural world; we seek to cultivate appropriate conduct for the benefit of all beings.

“Buddhist precepts closely parallel Quaker testimonies. One of the pioneers in noting this was Teresina Havens, who spent time studying in Japan in the 1930s and taught and published at Pendle Hill and at Friends General conference gatherings as late as the 1980s. Her influence was strengthened during the Viet Nam war by George Lakey and other Friends, who worked closely with Buddhist peace groups associated with Thich Nhat Hanh.“

Rhoda R. Gilman