Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society.
Austin’s Wake Up sangha has been active since 2009 and has evolved over the last decade along with our beloved city. To learn about the history of Wake Up Austin, visit our legacy page.
Wake Up Austin meets as a sangha every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm to share our practice of mindfulness in a safe and nurturing environment.
A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. In coming together and practicing with others regularly in this way, we are not only rejuvenated in our own personal practice but we also help build a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood amongs each other and thus help move our society in the direction of collective awakening.
The main form of sitting meditation practiced in this tradition is mindfulness of breathing. We sit with the community in a comfortable way and return to our body, our feelings, our perceptions, our mind and our consciousness. We observe what is going on within us and around us and we let our minds become spacious and our hearts soft and open.
Each week we also spend time sharing our insights, experiences, our joys, our difficulties and questions relating to the practice of mindfulness. We practice deep listening (without reacting, judging or offering advice) while others are speaking, helping create a calm and receptive environment.