Plum Village Summer Opening

Posted on August 27, 2009

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LETTER FROM THAY

July 20, 2009

Summer Retreat, Plum Village in France

“Sitting Still, Imperturbable”

There were up to 800 lay friends who came to the third week of the Summer Retreat, representing about 50 countries in the world.  Including permanent residents, right now we have over 1000 people in the four hamlets.  Yet it is very peaceful and calm.  Everyone is happy to do walking meditation to the hillside of New Hamlet, to the forest of Lower Hamlet, and to do sitting meditation under the oak trees of Upper Hamlet, looking in the direction of the Lower Mountain Hamlet.  The Pure Land is no longer a notion; it becomes a reality during those walking and sitting meditation sessions.  Children as well as adults are able to dwell in the present moment.

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Summer Photos from the Plum Village Summer Opening Retreat 2009

And soon, Thay and the Sangha will be arriving here in California at the Deer Park Monastery in Escondido!   Check http://tnhtour.org for more information about upcoming Days of Mindfulness, retreats and public talks in the Southern California area.  Hope to see you up the Mountain!

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