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The heart of the Mindfulness Bell is the creative expression of mindfulness practice offered by practitioners throughout the world. The beauty of each issue comes from the creative fruits offered by our readers.

The Mindfulness Bell invites submissions of prose, poetry, photography, and artwork for our upcoming issues. Material should include specific examples of how mindfulness practice in daily life is helping to transform suffering, create peace, and improve relationships and well-being. Please share from your personal practice and from your heart.

We welcome your stories, essays, poems, and feature articles. Materials of 500 – 1,500 words are most frequently printed. Longer articles of 1,500 – 3,000 words are also needed.

We especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens.

Upcoming themes:

"Without the sun nothing can grow, so it’s not possible to take the sun out of the flower. The flower cannot be as a separate entity; it has to inter-be with the light, with the clouds, with the rain. The word 'interbeing' is closer to reality that the word 'being.' Being really means interbeing. The same is true for me, for you, and for the Buddha. The Buddha has to inter-be with everything. Interbeing and nonself are the objects of our contemplation. We have to train ourselves so that in our daily lives we can touch the truth of interbeing and nonself in every moment."
– Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology (Parallax Press, 2008)
On February 5, 1966, a full moon day, Thich Nhat Hanh ordained the first six members of the Tiep Hien Order, the Order of Interbeing. To honor the 50th anniversary of this momentous event, the Mindfulness Bell's Winter/Spring 2016 issue will feature a theme of "Interbeing." We invite submissions of articles, stories, poems, artwork, and photographs reflecting your personal practice and experience of interbeing in daily life. Please send submissions by November 1, 2015.

Sanghas in Service
The second of the Five Mindfulness Trainings includes the line: "I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need." How do we practice generosity towards those who are in need? One way is through community service, and the Mindfulness Bell would like to spotlight Sangha-led community service efforts. If your Sangha is carrying out a community service project, and you'd like to share a story about what your Sangha is doing in your community, please consider sending a submission. Include details about how your service is helping the community and/or the Sangha to transform in positive ways.

For the Winter/Spring 2016 issue, submissions are due by November 1. Submissions received after that date may be considered for future issues of the Mindfulness Bell.

Art and Photo Submissions:
We appreciate photos, artwork, illustrations, and cartoons from your local Sangha, family, and community. Please send images as TIF or JPG files, 1 MB or larger. We can return originals sent by mail.

Submission Due Dates:
July 1 – for Autumn issue
November 1 – for Winter/Spring issue
March 1 – for Summer issue

It may take eight to twelve weeks for submissions to be reviewed. If you have not received a response within twelve weeks, you are welcome to contact us and inquire about the status of your submission.

How to send:

  • Preferred method is to email files to editor@mindfulnessbell.org. Artwork should be sent as JPG or TIF files, 1 MB or larger.
  • You may also send written submissions, original art, photos, or a CD of digital images to:

    The Mindfulness Bell
    PO Box 1201
    Capitola, CA 95010-1201