Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
— Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay)
The Day of Mindfulness (DOM) is a one-day mindfulness retreat in the tradition of Plum Village and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a day for the community to come back together to be nourished from the collective energies, practising leaving behind work and worries, to experience the many wonders of life. Together we learn to enjoy doing daily things with mindfulness – sitting, listening, eating, resting, walking, speaking – bringing our body and mind into the present moment.
At this DOM, there will be opportunity to enjoy tea meditation. Tea meditation is a time to be with the Sangha in a joyful and serene atmosphere. Just to enjoy our tea together is enough. It is like a “good news” occasion, when we share our joy and happiness in being together.
At times, when we are drinking tea with a friend, we are not aware of the tea or even of our friend sitting there. Practicing tea meditation is to be truly present with our tea and our friends. We recognize that we can dwell happily in the present moment despite all of our sorrows and worries. We sit there relaxed without having to say anything. If we like, we may also share a song, a story or a dance. It is an opportunity for us to water the seeds of happiness and joy, of understanding and love in each one of us.
Sun 14 Aug 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Poh Ming Tse Temple, 438 Dunearn Road
Singapore 289613 (directions)
(Click here for a description of these practices)
10:00 Welcome & Introduction
10:15 Guided Sitting Meditation
11:00 Dharma Talk Video
11:30 Mindful Eating
12:30 Total Relaxation
13:30 Mindful Movements/Walking
14:00 Tea meditation & Sharing Circle
Our DOM is organised wholly on a volunteer basis and collectively funded by participants including the organising team. We welcome donations, or dana (generosity), to continue to make this available.