Washington Mindfulness Community
2003 Elections Information Sheet

Sunday, January 5 Nominations open for Board of Trustees and Practice Council candidates
Saturday, January 11 Voter registration forms mailed (if we have your e mail address you will receive it by e mail; if not, or by request, it may be sent by regular post)
Sunday, February 9 Close nominations, 9:30 PM
Monday, February 17 Ballots mailed out to those who have requested to receive them by mail
Sundays, February 16 & 23 Ballots available at the Vihara; ballots are also available by regular post if completed registration form requesting so is received by Wednesday, February 19.
Sundays, February 16 & 23 Practice Council Candidates statements available in writing at the Vihara
Saturday, March 1 last day that mail-in ballots can be received
Sunday, March 2 Election takes place at approximately 5:00 pm at the Vihara

Positions Available:

2 Trustees The Board of Trustees shall manage the business and affairs of the WMC. As the elected representatives of the community as a whole, the community entrusts the Trustees with holding the well being of the community in their heart and with embodying in their actions the needs of the community as a whole.

The Board of Trustees consists of four people. Each Trustee shall be a member of the WMC* and of the age of eighteen years or more. A Trustee need not be a citizen of the United States or a resident of Maryland. Trustees shall serve a term of two years. These terms shall be staggered so that approximately one-half of the Board is elected each year.

2 Members of the Practice Council The Practice Council shall have responsibility for overseeing the spiritual life of the community and supporting the mindfulness practice of the congregants. The Practice Council will look for guidance from the teachings of Thich Nhat and from Dharma teachers from his tradition. It is also a function of the Practice Council to determine membership in all working committees.

The Practice Council consists of four people. Each member of the Practice Council shall be a member of the WMC* and will have formally taken the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Practice Council Members shall serve a term of two years

Process for Making a Nomination

    1. It is customary for those who want to serve in an elected office to nominate themselves. A member may also nominate another. In this case, please talk with the person you are nominating before making the nomination to the Elections Committee.
    2. All nominations must be made directly to a member of the Election Committee either in person, in writing or by telephone so that qualifications of the nominee can be verified.
    3. All nominations must be made AND confirmed by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9th.

Process for Accepting Nomination

    1. Nominees must confirm to a member of the Election Committee, either in person, in writing or by telephone, their qualifications to hold office.
    2. Nominees must confirm their willingness to hold office to TWO members of the Election Committee either in person or by telephone
    3. Nominees for the PRACTICE COUNCIL are requested, though not required, to submit a written statement to any member of the Election Committee outlining their commitment to serve on the Council. These statements will be made available to the members on February 16th and 23rd at the Vihara before and after meditation, as well as at the election on March 2nd.

Process for Voting

    1. Qualify as a member of the WMC*
    2. Complete an elector registration form. A form will be sent electronically to members on or about January 11th. Forms will also be available every Sunday night at the Vihara beginning on January 5th.
    3. Submit a completed registration form to a member of the Election Committee either in person or by mail. Please consult the registration form for further instructions on mailing.
    4. In order to receive your ballot by mail, REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH. If the Election Committee has not received your registration form by 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th, your ballot WILL NOT be mailed to you. Rather, you must pick up your ballot either at the Vihara on Sunday nights or at the time and place scheduled for the elections.
    5. Submit your completed ballot either by mail or in person to a member of the Election Committee. Whether you submit your ballot by mail or in person, YOUR BALLOT MUST BE PLACED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE. This is the only way we can maintain an accurate record of the elections. Consult the ballot for further instructions on mailing.
    6. Your completed ballot must be in the hands of the Election Committee by 3:00 p.m. on SUNDAY, MARCH 2ND at the place determined for the election. Ballots that have been mailed in MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL BY MARCH 1ST. VOTES MUST BE RECEIVED ON AN OFFICIAL PHYSICAL BALLOT. No other form of vote will be recognized or considered (phone, e mail, etc.)

*Definition of "Member of the WMC"

"Member" status shall be open to persons who . . .

  1. agree with the Corporationís mission statement
  2. have been participating in Washington Mindfulness Community activities for a minimum of six months
  3. have provided Washington Mindfulness Community with a current name and contact information
  4. have expressed the desire, in writing, to participate in elections for the Practice Council, the Board of Trustees and/or amendments to the Corporationís Articles of Incorporation.


The Washington Mindfulness Community, formed in 1989, is composed of men and women inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and of Thich Nhat Hanh, a contemporary Vietnamese Zen Master, peace activist and writer. The mission of the community is to nurture mindfulness, love, and understanding among those who participate in its activities and in the larger society.

Members come together to meditate, to deepen their understanding of the practice of mindfulness, to encourage and inspire each other through dharma discussions and mindful actions, to support each other through difficult times, and to celebrate the joys and wonders of life.

Recognizing that each person's peace and happiness are interwoven with the peace and happiness of others, the Washington Mindfulness Community offers activities that welcome the children, families, and companions of members.

The community also organizes retreats, lectures, and other public events; supports communities and causes in accord with the community's mission; and works with groups that relieve suffering through compassionate actions.


Carolyn Bluemle

Irene D'Auria
202-667-0812 (home)
202-737-4147 (work)


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