About us

WHO WE ARE

The COI  is a UK educational charity (The Community of Interbeing UK)

OUR VISION

A wiser more compassionate society living in harmony with the Earth.

OUR OBJECTIVE

To encourage the development of awareness, understanding, & well-being for ourselves, each other & the Earth.drawing on the proven techniques of Buddhist teachings developed continuously over the last 2,500 years.

OUR TRADITION

The COI is part of the wider international grouping of practitioners worldwide who follow the mindfulness practice and teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.  There is more information about Mindfulness here.

We welcome people of all faiths and none.  We honour the differing religious traditions of our members.  Our members are encouraged to use the mindfulness practice and teachings to become better whatever-they-already-are and there is no expectation that they will become Buddhists.

WHAT WE DO

  • We organise mindfulness retreats in the UK, led by Thich Nhat Hanh and other teachers and encourage people to visit Thich Nhat Hanh’s retreat centre, Plum Village, near Bergerac in France.
  • In order to support the growing numbers of practitioners in our tradition, we have  established a network of autonomous local UK practice groups (“Sanghas”), each with their own activities and contacts. We support over 90 of these Sanghas which are open to people of all ages and Wake Up, the UK movement of Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy and Compassionate Society for people of 18 to 35.  For further information about WakeUp please visit their international website.
  • We are delighted to support a global initiative to encourage the teaching of mindfulness to educators so that mindfulness can be taught in schools and other educational establishments.  For more information about Mindfulness and Education in the UK, please visit their website.
  • We have a small practice centre, operate a publications service and distribute Here & Now our own newsletter as well as the international Mindfulness Bell magazine.  Our books and meditation supplies service offers books and DVDs by Thich Nhat Hanh as well as meditation bells.

HOW WE ARE ORGANISED

At the national level, our educational charity is governed by a group of trustees who meet four or more times a year. The trustees discuss and make decisions by consensus on many organisational and financial aspects of our community’s life.  There is an annual assembly and formal annual general meeting to which all members of the charity are invited and which provides a valuable forum to discuss and test ideas and initiatives

More information about how we are organised can be found on our Governance page.