Saturday Mar.7 Day of Mindfulness, Upcoming Retreats, and an Update on Thay

Dear Friends

Day of Mindfulness (DOM)

Our next DOM, on Saturday March 7 @ Poh Ming Tse Temple, is still open for registration. You can find details and a link to register here:
http://joyfulgarden.org/2015/02/11/registration-open-day-of-mindfulness-2015-march-7-saturday-poh-ming-tse-temple/

Upcoming Retreats

Plum Village retreats allow us to enjoy simple and peaceful living, and thereby nurture our own inner growth. We take time to look deeply in order to transform both our individual difficulties and the difficulties in our society. Our practice at Plum Village retreats helps us weave mindfulness into all of our daily activities. In this way we can practice meditation throughout the day, while eating, walking, working mindfully, sitting, or enjoying a cup of tea together.

There are several upcoming opportunities around Asia to practice with Plum Village monastics:

1) "With Each Step, a Flower Blooms", the annual Spring retreat at the Asian Institute for Applied Buddhism in Hong Kong, from Mar.26 – 29:
Info: http://pvfhk.org/index.php/en/activities/coming-activities/270-with-each-step-a-flower-blooms

Registration form: http://pvretreats.org/aiab/en/component/dtregister/?controller=event&task=options&eventId=18

2) Thich Nhat Hanh & Plum Village Monastic’s Teaching Trip in Japan 2015, between Apr. 27 – May 13 (with 3 different durations/lengths to choose from):
http://pvretreats.org/aiab/en/

3) Mindful Living Retreat at Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia (between Jakarta and Bandung) from May 14 – 18:
http://ekacarya.org/events/r2015/ (the registration page is in Bahasa Indonesia; however, the main language of retreat is English)
Registration page translated into English

An Update on Thay’s Health: 19th Feb
We are happy to share news of our dear Teacher’s recovery process, and take inspiration and encouragement from his resilience and love for life. We are very grateful for the great compassion and support that Thay has received from his global Sangha Body, and thankful for your practice of mindfulness and prayers sending positive energy to him:
http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-19-feb/

Each New Year Thay offers us a compact “parallel verse,” to guide our practice in the year to come. For this New Year of the Goat the Plum Village elders have chosen an excerpt of a poem written by Thay, which hangs at the altar of the Still Water Meditation Hall in Upper Hamlet at Plum Village France:

Look deeply to understand clearly
Listen deeply to truly love

These phrases have been written in calligraphy and prepared in “diamonds” that can be printed and posted around your home or workplace, as gentle reminders to practice.


Breathe. Smile.
Joyful Garden Sangha
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