February 2014: Tuesdays with Thich Nhat Hanh

Led by Michael Latriano


Every Tuesday in February, 10-11 AM

Minimum donation: 50 pesos. All proceeds for the benefit of the Lifepath Rinconada beautification project.

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Thích Nhất Hạnh is an 87 year old Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. In 1968 he was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace prize. His teachings on mindfulness have captured the world, and penetrated popular western culture like no other Buddhist teachings. His simple poetic style, combined with a willingness to embrace modern science, and the teachings of Jesus, make his writings very popular with Buddhists and non-Buddhists all over the world. His form of Buddhism is referred to as engaged Buddhism because of its active engagement with real life spiritual and social issues.

Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

Tuesdays with Thích Nhất Hạnh will consist of a short dharma video, a short guided meditation, followed by safe dharma sharing, all in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Afterwards, optional very short mindful walking meditation from LifePath to the Rinconada stairs, where we will share a mindful meal. If you are interested in the parallels between Christ’s and the Buddha’s teachings, and would like to experience an hour of mindfulness, this may be something which will nourish your practice.

For additional information, please email mlatriano@yahoo.com.

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