Plum Village, France10:30pm 21st January, 2022 Dear Beloved Community, With a deep mindful breath, we announce the passing of our beloved teacher, Thay Nhat Hanh, at 00:00hrs on January 22, 2022 at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at the age of 95. Thay has been the most extraordinary teacher, whose peace, tender compassion, and bright wisdom has touched the lives of millions. Whether we have encountered him on retreats, at public talks, or through his books and online teachings–or simply through the story of his incredible life–we can see that Thay has been a true bodhisattva, an immense force for peace and healing in the world. Thay has been a revolutionary, a renewer of Buddhism, never diluting and always digging deep into the roots of Buddhism to bring out its authentic radiance. Thay has opened up a beautiful path of Engaged and Applied Buddhism for all of us: the path of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing. As Thay would say, “Because we have seen the path, we have nothing more to fear.” We know our direction in life, we know what to do, and what not to do to relieve suffering in ourselves, in others, and in the world; and we know the art of stopping, looking deeply, and generating true joy and happiness. Now is a moment to come back to our mindful breathing and walking, to generate the energy of peace, compassion, and gratitude to offer our beloved Teacher. It is a moment to take refuge in our spiritual friends, our local sanghas and community, and each other. We invite you to join our global community online, as we commemorate Thay’s life and legacy with five days of practice and ceremonies broadcast LIVE from Hue, Vietnam and Plum Village, France, starting on Saturday January 22nd. Please see our website for more details coming shortly: www.plumvillage.org/memorial Let us each resolve to do our best over the coming days to generate the energy of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, to send to our beloved Teacher. Over the coming hours on the Plum Village website, we will publish some inspirational chants, texts, and mindfulness practice resources, to support you to come together with your local sangha to generate a collective energy of mindfulness and compassion, and create your own ceremony or session in tribute to our Teacher. As Thay has always taught, nothing is more important than brotherhood and sisterhood, and we all know the power of collective energy.
We invite you to share your messages of gratitude or personal transformation and healing on our website: plumvillage.org/gratitude-for-thich-nhat-hanh With love, trust, and togetherness, The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village, France
Cultivating Peace Vermont (Cultivating Peace) is a Vermont-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in September 2020 by two practitioners of engaged Buddhism and mindfulness meditation as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. Cultivating Peace formed in response to a world of increasing polarization, unrest, materialism and violence. Over the past year, Cultivating Peace has brought people together through online and in-person meetings to practice meditation, deep listening and creative arts. Our work has included dharma book groups, days of mindfulness, community ceremony, and art sessions aimed at increasing internal peace and community connection.
One of our main efforts in the coming year is the performance of a ceremonial musical Earth Keepers, which highlights the connection between Earth and humans. Check out our page about Earth Keepers for more information.
Cultivating Peace is currently seeking support in the form of sponsorships or grants.
Give sponsorship or grant support for Earth Keepers today online at Cultivating Peace Vermont. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the Home page and enter your donation via paypal. Once we hear from you, we will email a receipt and collect additional information regarding sponsorship.
Send a check payable to Cultivating Peace Vermont and mail to PO Box 78, South Barre, Vermont 05670. Please specify your sponsorship interest and contact information.
Engage in a Grass Roots community theater project: Earth Keepers! Earth Keepers is a ceremonial musical highlighting the connection between Earth and humans and the cost of war. To start, we will create colorful cardboard props for the play over two Saturdays with the option of meeting regularly throughout the winter. We are excited to meet in the beautiful First Church Barre, Universalist, Saturday Oct 16th and 23rd from 11:30am- 1pm.
Vaccination and Masks are required to participate. Email Ginger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to confirm your participation. Space is limited. Sponsored by Cultivating Peace Vermont
Please understand there are risks of injury or damage associated with this activity. By participating, you voluntarily assume all such risks and you waive any liability of First Church Barre Universalist and Cultivating Peace Vermont as to any and all claims or injury that might arise from participation.
“We invite you practice and share about caring for Mother Earth, in particular how we can listen to ourselves, our loved ones, and the Earth. Continuing Thay’s legacy through our own mindfulness is the most powerful gift we can offer. We know that what nourishes and sustains Thầy’s spirit the most, is to hear all the ways that his students, both lay and monastic, all over the world, are continuing to put his teachings into practice in their daily life and in society. “ – The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village
Join us as we engage in walking meditation on the Barre Town Bike Path Sunday October 10th at 3pm. We will meet at the Barre Town Elementary & Middle School Bike Path entrance promptly at 3pm. All beings welcome. Instruction, movement, bells of mindfulness and sharing of Earth Contemplations we will offered.
We invite you to participate in an online Dharma Book Practice and Discussion Group. Together we will explore the teachings and practices in the book Healing Resistance By Kazu Haga over the course of eight weeks.
We invite you to participate in an online Dharma Book Practice and Discussion Group. Together we will explore the teachings and practices in the book The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh over the course of four weeks.
We hope to enjoy walking meditation with you this evening on the Montpelier bike path, meeting near the Montpelier High School near Bailey Ave. Warm, cozy clothing and snow/ice appropriate footwear to support a pleasant walk. We may adjust the route slightly dependent on the temperature.
If you are unable to join us please consider completing an Earth Peace Treaty Commitment