In certain times of our afternoons of mindfulness and on retreats, a period of deep silence is observed. This can be very nourishing and healing. We allow the silence and the calmness to penetrate our flesh and bones. We allow the energy of the Sangha and its mindfulness to penetrate our body and mind.

Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly, and therefore, to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us. In common areas, if we do find it necessary to speak, we do it discreetly to help preserve the silent atmosphere.

Recommended reading: Silence – The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
Transcript of a dharma talk by Sister Jina on Noble Silence

Recommended listening: Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh: ‘The Sound of Silence’ 

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