a Daylong Retreat
in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
(Registration/arrival time 8:30-8:45am; retreat ends 4:30pm)
with Meditation Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen
In today’s world, suffering seems to cry out from all sides: fires of pain are raging everywhere. We want to help: we want to grab water and run. But do we really know where we’re going? And how do we protect ourselves from burning up?
For those of us who care, the most difficult thing can sometimes be to take the time not to do anything: to be still and listen to the voice of our own heart. We may tell ourselves that what’s outside is too urgent to wait. Yet, our own unheard pain, and the unheard pain of the world, are fuel for the conflagration. And our unheard joy and awe in the wonders of this moment are essential food for life and action.
When we stop to listen—really listen—to our heart’s fears and dreams and longings—we begin to heal. We also learn to hear the cries and songs of others, and of our planet. Understanding and love grow in us, pouring out like a river in effective action—nourishing, meaningful and sustainable for us and for the world.
This retreat welcomes everyone, from long-time practitioners to total beginners! Practices will include: mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful movements, mindful eating, total body relaxation, a short talk on mindful living, and the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s insights and experiences.
Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen were among the first students to be ordained as meditation teachers by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. They have led mindfulness retreats since 1988 and are the principal Teachers of the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax.
Wheelchair accessible. Public transportation and parking nearby. There is no set fee for the day, and no one will be turned away because of cost. Financial support as appropriate to your circumstances is greatly appreciated.
Registration for this retreat is now full.
(While we can’t predict how many cancellations we may have, in the past, at least half a dozen or so people from the waiting list have ultimately been able to participate in the retreat.)
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