Mindfulness Retreat
Offered by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh & Plum Village International Monastics and dedicated lay friends

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
August 8-13, 2011

You are warmly invited to join Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the fourfold sangha of monks, nuns, laymen and laywomen for a special residential retreat at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. When we take time to slow down, breathe and smile we can become truly present for ourselves, for our beloved ones and for our environment. We see the smiles of our children, know the wonder of being alive and understand how deeply we are connected to one another. Out of this awareness our true heart of understanding and love awakens. During this five-day retreat, we will practice together as a community, as a spiritual family, learning to lovingly embrace our sorrows and fears with the art of mindful living and bring about healing and transformation.

Each moment is a moment to awaken, to be truly alive. We will learn and practice how to breathe, sit, and walk freely and peacefully so we may truly enjoy the many conditions for happiness already available to us. We will share our experience of the practice within dharma discussion groups and enjoy the deep peace of total relaxation.

These are some of the practices that we will engage in during this retreat:
* daily Dharma Talks by Thây
* sitting meditation together
* mindful meals in silence – taking time to truly enjoy the food and the company of other practitioners
* Dharma Sharing in small groups – practicing loving speech and deep listening, sharing our experiences with the practice of mindfulness
* Total Relaxation – learning how to rest and relax our body and our mind
* Observing Noble Silence

More information are available on https://www.pvretreats.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:awakening-the-heart-retreat-at-ubc-vancouver-canada-aug-8-13-2011&catid=34

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