Mindfulness Retreat: Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World

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Hi everyone!

I’d like to take this time to invite you to the Plum Village Philippines’ annual 4-day Mindfulness Retreat this November 3-6 at Mariapolis Center, Tagaytay.

I first attended this retreat last year, at a time of confusion and loneliness. I was simply looking for a way out of my daily hustle and for guidance for my listless wandering. I was reading spiritual books and meditating a lot but I realized that I needed someone else to walk along this unknown path with me.

My mind has always liked being busy. Yoga has helped me tame it down, but not completely. Even after all these years, I still continue to practice and to learn as much as I can. And this could be frustrating at times.

This retreat with the Plum Village monks, a Sangha founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, helped me a lot to rediscover myself and insights that I’ve always known. We practiced mindful eating, mindful walking, and listened to daily talks and discussions with the monks. It was a truly beautiful experience that I would love to have again.

I’d like to share this with anyone who might be interested. Please feel free to contact Dave for any inquiries you may have.

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We warmly invite you to practice mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as Plum Village monastics lead this retreat towards “Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World”. So timely, this retreat hopes to share the practice of inner peace through meditation and how this could radiate into the society around us. It is also a wonderful opportunity for those who have joined us in the last 5 years of the Plum Village tradition in the Philippines, to come together, celebrate and renew spiritual friendships and journeys. The retreat is open to beginners.

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Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World
4-DAY MINDFULNESS RETREAT
in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
with visiting monks and nuns from Plum Village
at Mariapolis Center, Tagaytay, Philippines
NOVEMBER 3-6, 2016

Retreat Registration Form: http://goo.gl/forms/MXib9gtNdLhqtIel2

ABOUT THE RETREAT

Warmly inviting you to a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, “Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World” is a 4-day/weekend retreat program to practice mindfulness with the monks and nuns of Plum Village in the tradition of respected teacher, peace advocate and poet, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The retreat is designed for both beginners and advanced meditation practitioners, to fully enjoy the practice of breathing and integrate it into daily activities. This is the fifth annual full retreat conducted in the Philippines by visiting Plum Village monks and nuns.

Benefit from teachings and practices available with this opportunity: As meditation heals our physical and mental well-being, the special sense of community in this retreat also brings joy and love. It brings us the benefits of a healthy body and mind by combining sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating of vegetarian food, spiritual nourishment through Dharma talks, and total relaxation. The Plum Village experience is more than a vacation; it helps us deal with our everyday stress and worries.

GENERAL RETREAT SCHEDULE*
*Schedule may have slight changes

Day 1, November 3, 2016, Thursday
2:00 PM-5:00 PM: Arrivals and Check-in at Mariapolis Center, Tagaytay
5:00 PM-6:30 PM: Retreat Introduction/Practice Songs
6:30 PM: Dinner
8:00 PM – Dharma Teaching/Sitting Meditation
9:30 PM – Noble Silence (Bedtime)

Day 2, November 4, 2016, Friday
5:30 AM – Wake Up
6:15 AM – Sitting Meditation
7:30 AM – Walking Meditation
8:30 AM – Breakfast
10:00 AM – Dharma Teaching
12:30 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Total Relaxation
3:30 PM – Group Discussion/Activities
5:00 PM – Exercise/Rest Time
6:30 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Sitting Meditation
9:30 PM – Noble Silence (Bedtime)

Day 3, November 5, 2016, Saturday
5:30 AM – Wake Up
6:15 AM – Sitting Meditation
7:30 AM – Walking Meditation
8:30 AM – Breakfast
10:00 AM – Dharma Teaching
12:30 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Total Relaxation
3:30 PM – Group Discussion/Activities
5:00 PM – Exercise/Rest Time
6:30 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Sitting Meditation
9:30 PM – Noble Silence (Bedtime)

Day 4, November 6, 2016, Sunday
5:30 AM – Wake Up
6:15 AM – Sitting Meditation
7:30 AM – Taking of Five Mindfuless Trainings (Optional)
8:30 AM – Breakfast
10:00 AM – Dharma Teaching / Group Discussion
12:30 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – End of Retreat and Farewell / Check-out from Mariapolis Center

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Kindly fill up this form: http://goo.gl/forms/MXib9gtNdLhqtIel2
DEADLINE for Registrations: October 14, 2016

Registration Fees
(Includes food and accommodations)

* 4-Day Retreat – Following entire schedule – Php 4,300
* Weekend Retreat: Joining Friday evening – Php 3,300
* Additional Lodging Options:
– Twin Sharing Room: The 2 persons sharing the room will have to add Php 1,200 EACH to registration fee
– Single Room: Participant will have to add Php 2,200 to registration fee

– Participants will have to arrange their own transportation to the retreat venue. Information on taking public bus/vehicles OR carpooling options may be available upon request.

NOTE: Payment of registration fees will be via bank deposit to the retreat organizer. The bank account details will be made available in an email message after a confirmed registration.

WHO WILL LEAD THE RETREAT?

The retreat will be conducted by a delegation of 4 monastics from Plum Village Hong Kong – Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, led by Bhikkhu Thich Chan Phap Kham. Bhikku (Buddhist monk) Thich Chan Phap Kham has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1987. He was ordained a novice monk in 1998, a fully ordained monk in 2000 and a Dharma teacher in 2004. A native of Vietnam, he immigrated to the United States in 1979, studied, and worked as an electronics engineer from 1983-1997. From 1998 to 2004, he practiced at Plum Village’s monasteries in France and in the United States. Since 2005, as member of a team of Plum Village’s Dharma teachers practicing in Asia, he has led retreats and helped establish community of practices in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia. He currently serves as Director of Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism in Hong Kong, a center for Applied Buddhism Studies and Practices in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village. To know more about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, please visit http://plumvillage.org/ and for Plum Village Asia,http://plumvillageasia.org/

ADVISORIES

> Participants are encouraged to wear simple, loose, comfortable and non-revealing clothing throughout the retreat. Being a Buddhist or vegetarian and shaving your hair are NOT required for you to participate. The retreat will be done entirely in English.
Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat, meditation cushion, towel, water bottle, umbrella/raincoat, insect repellent, flashlight.
> As much as the organizers prefer a vegan diet, the retreat meals will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Food may contain eggs, milk, dairy products, soy and gluten. Vegan, raw, and non-gluten options will be made available, but allergies to certain ingredients need to be monitored by the participants themselves.
> Pollen and/or other airborne allergens may trigger attacks of asthma or other health conditions. Participants with these conditions need to prepare their own medications.
> Hot water may not be available. Toiletries such as soap and shampoo need to be brought by the participants.

For questions and other concerns, please email plumvillage.ph@gmail.com or you may contact the retreat organizer Dave Albao at 0916-4240488.

 

 

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