What a privilege to indulge in mindful retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây, respected teacher in Vietnamese) monks, nuns and lay friends for a couple of weeks at Deer Park meditation center. I’m grateful to have the time for learning, studying and practicing these mindful ways of understanding and love. To cultivate peace in myself and aspire to support others on their path. Yes, two weeks is enough time to fully embrace all 4 noble truths; that suffering or being dissatisfied happens, there is a path to suffering. Importantly, there is well-being, and an eightfold path leading towards well-being. As a staff member on the retreat there were frequent opportunities to experience all of the noble truths, sometimes, all at once. There is great beauty and happiness that comes from transforming difficulties. As Thây says, “no mud, no lotus.”
In future posts more will be shared about this retreat experience. There is also a video with hundreds of smiles of retreatants in production. Makes me smile looking at all those images. It was nice to have a camera at Deer Park, and nice to not have a camera with me most of the time, depending if a camera lead to more ill-being for myself and others. Today I’d to share some colorful images captured with the intent of sharing colorful moments of true love and friendship on the path.
We are quite fortunate that the talks from the “finding our true home” retreat are posted on youtube, here. I will enjoy my breath while reviewing Thây answering my question about a better way to not behave as a victim.