The Community of Interbeing

The Order of Interbeing is an international community created by Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam in 1966, in the midst of the war that ravaged the country, to plant a seed of peace in the climate of violence and hatred generated by the conflict and to spread, among lay people as well and with their commitment, the practice of mindful living.

The Charter of the Order of Interbeing lists four main principles: non-attachment to views, deep looking, flexibility and skillful means (methods and actions that can show the way towards a mindful and awakened life).

The Order of Interbeing rejects dogmatism, both in observing and acting. Research is in the direction of the true spirit of deep vision and compassion in life, more important than any institution, tradition or faith. The members of the community aims at transforming themselves in order to transform society.

The Community of Interbeing is formed by a core community (a few thousand members worldwide, about seventy in Italy) and by the larger community. The core community is formed by those practitioners who have vowed to practice the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and to engage in building the community of practice. The larger community is formed of those who practice inspired by the same values, having made a vow to practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Over the years, the Italian Order of Interbeing has been promoting activities that have as their foundation and objective the practice of mindfulness (publications, retreats, etc.). For further information visit: