The Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness is a nurturing and supportive practice community comprised of six meditation groups or sanghas that meet regularly to deepen our understanding of mindfulness and engaged Buddhist practices in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We aspire to realize true understanding and love for ourselves, each other, and the world by transforming our seeds of suffering, cultivating seeds of peace, and being joyfully together.

All sangha meetings are open to the public and warmly welcome newcomers. Each gathering typically includes the study and practice of meditation, mindful listening and speaking, and consideration of what it means to practice awareness in every moment of daily life. For sangha contacts, meeting times, and locations, please visit our Rhode Island Sanghas page. For information about days of mindfulness and retreats, please visit our events page.

The local guiding teacher for the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness is Joanne Friday, a Dharma teacher in the Tiep Hien Order or Order of Interbeing founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966. For more information about Joanne and to access her teaching schedule, selected print and audio resources from Joanneā€™s talks and writings, and other resources and links, please visit