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Monks and Nuns on Tour

After a Covid-caused hiatus, this Spring Plum Village monks and nuns left the monastery to supply mindfulness retreats and classes all over the world. Listed here are some experiences of their experiences.

South America Tour

Sister Trai Nghiem

In April and Could 2022, Brothers Phap Huu, Troi Duc Tri and Sisters Trai Nghiem and Trang Moi Len led instructing excursions in Ecuador and Colombia, attended by round 900 folks.

“Folks have been so thirsty for the Dharma”, mentioned Sr. Trai Nghiem, “Even the organisers who had many obligations got here for all of the actions.” Retreats of assorted lengths, open actions, and pupil reductions have been supplied in order that the follow might be accessible to extra folks.

Many individuals got here with grief from the lack of family members in latest occasions. 9-year-old Mariana from Bogota earnestly listened to each Dharma discuss and joined in Dharma sharing. Seeing how she was studying the follow to recollect and proceed her grandmother impressed many retreatants to share deeply and embrace their very own grief. “Mariana obtained the 5 Mindfulness Trainings on the finish of the retreat and all through the ceremony joined her palms in such sincerity that we have been all touched and impressed”, mentioned Sr. Trai Nghiem.

The Bogota retreat was additionally an impetus for the younger practitioners, lots of whom are peace activists, to create a “Wake Up” (aged 18-35) sangha. “They actually bonded and proper after the retreat on Sunday night time, they already had their first Wake Up assembly on Monday!”

For retreatants who’ve by no means met Thay or been to Plum Village, it was a valuable alternative to listen to about Thay’s life by Br. Phap Huu – Thay’s long-time attendant. These sharings about Thay was an essential continuation of the memorial occasions in Plum Village.

Br. Phap Huu supplied all of the Dharma talks and Br. Troi Duc Tri translated them into Spanish – “I used to be the one monastic who spoke Spanish and the one one the retreatants may converse instantly with. It was tiring and satisfying on the identical time. I used to be moved to see how folks from Ecuador and Colombia actually love Mexican tradition. They have been so completely happy to sing together with the Mariachi music understanding that I’m Mexican!”

The retreats have been held in nature reserves with outside meditation halls. Sr. Trai Nghiem: “We have been surrounded by nature within the jungle. We may look out on the mountain, hearken to the chicken songs, and stroll by lush inexperienced plantations. We introduced the kids to assemble pebbles from riverbeds for pebble meditation. There was even one complete leisure the place a herd of untamed horses galloped to a close-by waterhole and stayed! Simply sharing the area with all these superb animals: turtles, iguanas, pelicans, child sharks… and seeing their struggling first hand offers us inspiration to essentially shield them. Since then, it has turn out to be second nature for me to choose up plastic and trash.”

“Tour de France ” – Francophone Tour 2022

In April, 9 French talking brothers and sisters went on a tour round France, passing by Belgium, to fulfill practitioners and native sanghas and share the follow by weekend retreats and days of mindfulness. The brothers and sisters additionally supplied their religious assist in a refugee camp, a jail, participated in a convention on inter-religious dialogue, and have been current for a day of follow round local weather nervousness.

All through their journey, because of the nice generosity of sangha members, they have been in a position to keep in properties, gites, two monasteries, and even one fort!

Our brothers and sisters from Plum Village traveled as much as Angers, after which “toured” France beginning within the North as much as Belgium, then within the East, after which taking place South and coming again up on the West coast.

In complete, they met greater than 1000 individuals who collectively learnt methods to  rework the energies of concern, nervousness and confusion into hope and compassion. The presence of Thay might be felt within the sanghas they practiced with. Lay mates and monastics alike may really feel that they have been persevering with Thay’s aspiration of providing peace and non-fear to the world. 

Our brothers and sisters marveled on the altering panorama as they traveled  throughout France. They took time to stroll within the forests of Normandy, hike within the Alps, swim within the Channel river, and stroll alongside the Mediterranean sea…

Residing collectively for one month, typically shifting every single day, and holding the retreat area collectively, the brothers and sisters deepened their connection, understood one another higher and found one another’s hidden and intimate sides. They returned to Plum Village filled with vitality, pleasure, aspiration and togetherness.

Easter retreat on the EIAB, Germany 

This Spring, a bunch of brothers and sisters travelled to Germany to assist the Kids and Teenager Applications for the Easter retreat within the EIAB.

A lot of the monastics don’t converse German, so it was a journey of discovery to construct connections by the standard of presence quite than by phrases. They created many video games to share the follow of mindfulness with the kids and heartily loved the annual chocolate egg hunt. 

One little boy on the retreat says that he desires to turn out to be a Buddha. His mom had attended a retreat in Plum Village three years in the past with out understanding she was pregnant on the time. She felt that the keep in Plum Village had benefited her child and he was born very peacefully. One other six-year-old woman loves sitting meditation and woke her mom up every morning to hitch the meditation collectively. 

Brother Troi Thien Duc, from Germany, facilitated the Teenagers’ Program. 

After the Covid break, I used to be very a lot trying ahead to being and practising with the Teenagers once more. It was fantastic attending to know every certainly one of them, assembly them proper the place they’re at and to create a enjoyable and deep setting during which we are able to really feel at residence. A particular second throughout this system was when the preliminary hesitation and distance pale within the group and emotions of belief and mutual respect emerged. We opened up and might be actual with one another.

Being with the teenagers is a deep follow for me. All through this system I had valuable probabilities to see myself a bit extra deeply by connecting to each my very own inside teenager in addition to the mother or father inside and to fulfill each with kindness.”

Italian Excursions

The Italian tour consisted of two delegations. The primary delegation was in Italy from 11-27 March. Their tour consisted of public Dharma talks to commemorate the forty ninth day of our instructor, Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing, a peace stroll and public discuss in Pisa and Firenze, a day of mindfulness in Florence, and a 4 day retreat hosted by a Catholic Convent in Lucca.

In commemoration of Thay’s 49 Day, a bunch of Plum Village monastic Brothers and sisters visited the Lay group Apply Middle in Plum Village Custom “Centro Avalokita” within the mountains in Castelli Village. On this event, as a Sangha, we explored methods to domesticate Compassion and Braveness in these troublesome occasions. Greater than 500 signed up for this on-line program (as the middle was not but open to the general public). 

Plum Village monks and nuns practiced a Peace stroll within the metropolis of Pisa with greater than 200 folks, strolling in silence, providing peace to themselves, to the town and to the world proper now. 100 folks with 20 kids gathered within the countryside in Florence for a day of mindfulness

“This journey allowed me to reconnect, to specific my aspiration, water the seed of hope and to expertise instantly that happiness, peace is feasible with the collective awakening, collective vitality of mindfulness. We have been in a position to get in contact with greater than a thousand practitioners in Italy….Deep gratitude to the monastic group work and particularly the native sangha who had been working joyfully hand in hand and harmoniously.” Br Bao Tang

…highlights for me included my first ever expertise in a Plum village kids’s programme which was an absolute pleasure permitting me to essentially really feel how nourished these youngsters are when merely given situations for freedom and enjoyable.” Br Niem Hoa

“…I felt so moved to see how a lot appreciation our mates have with Thay, with the monastic Sangha, with the follow. It nourishes my aspiration and deepens my monastic life.” Sr Sac Nghiem

“It made my coronary heart sing to see so many lay mates completely happy about our go to. They wanted that, they wanted the dharma and so they wanted the sangha…..

The sisters and brothers on tour have been superbly residing and touring collectively, in order that the lay mates benefited enormously  from our concord and variety of instructing. I see Thay smiling.” Br Ngo Khong

“It was really nourishing to have the ability to return to Italy after 3 years … to offer follow alternatives to the Italian Sangha. We had the chance to nurture peace and pleasure in such an advanced time….Individuals who joined within the actions expressed deep gratitude for this chance to follow.” Br Dao Phuong

The second delegation of monastics in Italy did a strolling pilgrimage in Assisi following key occasions within the lifetime of St. Francis and likewise participated in an interfaith occasion. This shall be added as we obtain the updates.

Dutch Tour

Sisters Hien Nghiem and Sang Nghiem and Brothers Phap Linh, Pham Hanh and Ruong Hieu toured the Netherlands.

From April 28 to Could 1, there was a big retreat on the former Capuchin monastery Beukenhof in Biezenmortel, there have been 120 individuals, together with 30 youth. On Could 3 there’s a free occasion for college kids and Wake Uppers in Utrecht. Then, on Could 5, a mindfulness afternoon was organized in Amsterdam on the Tolhuistuin location. The occasion attracted over 250 individuals and afterwards the monastics guided a strolling meditation alongside the IJ promenade. 

On Saturday, Could 7, the transmission ceremony of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings for 4 new members of the Order of Inter-being befell in Zaltbommel. It was the primary time that this might happen regionally for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 100 folks attended a good looking Day of Mindfulness in Nijmegen on Could 8.

In the course of the talks on this tour, many themes of engaged Buddhism have been coated together with ‘The Artwork of Saving the Planet’, they are often watched with Dutch translation on the Stichting Leven in Aandacht YouTube channel.

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Ski Retreat

The snowboarding retreat is a particular alternative to use dharma follow in a really dynamic context. Whereas in Plum Village we spend a whole lot of time sitting or slowly shifting round, within the snowboarding retreat we get the possibility to use mindfulness to a really quick paced exercise and setting – skying mindfully within the busy Andorran slopes.

We even have our regular follow schedule – sitting, strolling, dharma talks, dharma sharing, aware meals… So we are able to get the total Plum Village taste of the follow.

The most spectacular factor was how carefully we may join to one another. We spent a whole lot of time collectively in a day, as we had the entire morning and probably afternoon to ski with our household, with the total follow schedule on prime of that. Throughout snowboarding, a whole lot of feelings come up. How can we relate to one another? How can we method such a bodily, aggressive and thrilling exercise like snowboarding? Loads of probabilities to see ourselves, to witness clinging and encourage one another to breathe, smile and let go. Dharma sharing was additionally particularly highly effective, and a deeply relished alternative to decelerate and course of the busy day collectively.” Brother Thien Y


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