Please take the time to encourage your representatives to attend Thich Nhat Hanh’s Congressional Retreat October 27-28, 2011 and Thay’s Lecture, “Path Toward Peace: Cultivating Clarity, Compassion, and Courage in Political Life” at The Library of Congress October 26, 2011. Members of Congress, their spouses and families, and selected Congressional staffers (both current and former) are eligible to attend this retreat. The retreat begins at 5pm on Thursday evening, October 27th and concludes after lunch on Friday October 28th. It will be held close to DC at a beautiful overnight facility with superb meeting space and a picturesque campus on which to walk and enjoy a wide array of trees and flowers. It is the first time since 2003 that Thay returns to D.C.
Recent events in Japan remind us how fragile life can be at times and how connected we are to our brothers and sisters around the world. It’s a reminder of the truth of impermanence, the pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones, and the empathic connection we share with others as part of the global community. Thich Nhat Hanh had the following to share on a Facebook posting on 3/15/11: (more…)
By Tommy Harrison
According to the Buddha, the backdrop to all our experiences can be tied back to the Four Noble Truths. We suffer, there are reasons, there are ways to end it, and there’s a path that guides us on this journey. This is our shared human experience. How could this backdrop help one relate to the suffering experienced during the holidays? (more…)