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Welcome! The Wake Up community has its roots in the Plum Village Tradition of Zen Buddhism and was originally created by the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Sangha he practices with. They created it to encourage the young adult population to gather together in order to support each other in their practice of mindfulness (the art of living fully in the present moment). Although the focus is on supporting people from the ages of 18 to 35, it is by no means exclusive, and anyone is welcome to attend our Sangha gatherings. 


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The Wake Up San Diego Sangha is  a group of young people dedicated to living mindfully and to creating a happy, healthy and compassionate society.  The meditation group began in 2011 by sitting together in a park in San Diego.

Flowing as a River

The Wake Up movement offers a way to pool our energy and walk together on the path of awakening to the present moment. Practicing the art of mindful living, alone, as a young person in today’s world will take us far, but in joining others we can sustain our aspiration and support one another. We come together to generate peace, joy, compassion, and happiness in ourselves. We aspire to find ways to apply mindfulness to our lives including our work, chores, recreation and our relationships so that we can live lives that are more in harmony with the Earth. The foundation of the movement’s practice is mindfulness and love, expressed concretely in the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. Generating the energy of mindfulness and love we can surely bring transformation and healing to individuals and the world!

Our Inspiration

The Wake Up movement is inspired by the Zen Buddhist monk, author and poet Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay to his students) and the Plum Village  community. Thay’s lifelong work has been to renew Buddhism to make it relevant and applicable to daily life in the modern world and to also engage in the work of community-building.  The Wake Up movement continues in this spirit. The Buddha’s teachings (aka the Dharma) can be seen as a source of wisdom and clear practices that can help people of any background generate more happiness, freedom, love, compassion, joy and openness without needing to be Buddhist.

Wake Up Around the World

The Wake Up movement grew out of the Plum Village mindfulness center in SW France, under the support of  Thich Nhat Hanh  and the Plum Village community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners. Wake Up ‘officially’ launched in the summer of 2008  with the goal of making the practice of mindfulness more applicable and relevant to young people. Besides San Diego, the movement is also budding across the world in North America, Europe and Asia.

For more on the global Wake Up community, please visit our contact page.

Specifically, check out how Wake Up International describes Wake Up.

More About Us:

Mission Statement

Practicing Together

Wake Up Sangha

The Wake Up House

What is Mindfulness?

More about Thich Nhat Hanh

The Blog

Contact Us

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Stay Connected, to Keep the Flame of Awakening Alive!

“I’ve been a monk for 65 years, and what I have found is that there is no religion, no philosophy, no ideology higher than brotherhood and sisterhood. Not even Buddhism.”

– Thích Nhat Hanh

Wake Up San Diego

You can contact us using the email address: sandiego@wkup.org

Or visit our Facebook Group to keep up on the latest events

We meet every 2nd and 4th Friday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church:
4190 Front St., San Diego, CA 92103, Room 323  

*GPS: use 298 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103 – across the street from UCSD Medical Center.
*Free parking is available in the lot – parking passes will be available for pick up in Room 323 directly preceding Sangha. If there is an attendant just let them know you’re here for an event at the UU. 
*Room location is 323 in the Welcome Center Upper Level, walk up outside stairs next to room 311

Wake Up International

For more on the global Wake Up community, please visit:




You may also contact the US Wake Up Team at: us@wkup.org

You can also find many more Wake Up groups by navigating to: http://www.wkup.org/links/