Welcome to SnowFlower Sangha

A Buddhist community in Madison, Wisconsin, practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village


Blue Cliff Monastic Great Lakes Tour
in Madison September 21-25 with public events on September 23rd and 24th.
See this link for details!

Autumn SnowFlower retreat
October 3-5, 2014
Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Open Mindedness, Open Heartedness: Mindfulness, Concentration & Insight Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

The SnowFlower Sangha and Dharma teacher Jack Lawlor invite you to come immerse yourself in mindfulness in a beautiful country setting. This primarily silent weekend includes sitting meditation, indoor and outdoor walking meditation, Dharma talks, and small group discussion. Meditation instruction is provided.

thich nhat hanhWhen he woke up at the foot of the Bodhi Tree, the Buddha Shakyamuni said, "How strange—all beings possess in themselves the capacity to understand, the capacity to love, the capacity to be free. Everyone has that capacity, but everyone allows himself or herself to be carried away on the ocean of suffering. How strange." This is what the Buddha declared at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. 

He noticed that what we are looking for, day and night, is already there within oneself. What is beautiful, what is true, what is good, is already there in oneself. We can call it the Buddha-nature, the Buddhahood, the awakened nature, the true freedom, which is the foundation for all peace and happiness. This wonderful thing is in us, and a real teacher is someone who can help you to touch that thing in yourself, who helps give birth, to bring about the real teacher which already exists in yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh

For more information about our Sangha, see our About Us page.

We welcome newcomers and any questions.  If you do have any questions at all, click here (questions@snowflower.org).  We also have an e-mail list-serv to keep you up to date on sangha events.  To subscribe, click here (listserv@snowflower.org).