A Retreat organized by young monastics and lay friends
For people aged from 16 to 30 years-old
Spring awakening! Let`s all come together to breathe in the fresh spring breezes and to wake up together to the question: What would Buddha do?
It is so easy to practice at a retreat center when everyone is practicing. But how do we bring the retreat center, the Buddha back home? The focus of this retreat will be on how to live from our Buddha Nature, on how to be free where we are - in our daily environment, at our home, school, university, workplace.
Together we will explore the Buddha`s teaching on the Noble Eightfold Path and learn concrete tools and practices which help us apply this teaching into our daily lives.
It's easy to say "I love you", but not easy to know how to love.
In this beautiful Dharma Talk, given on 26th December in the Dharma Cloud Temple (Upper Hamlet) during our Winter Retreat, Thay teaches how we can take care of and respect both ourselves and our loved-one in an intimate relationship.
This Dharma Talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was recorded in Plumvillage Upper Hamlet on 24 august during the Youth Retreat. Thay asked the young people for questions and in this Dharma Talk a la carte Thay answered them all.
We - the Wake Up Youth Sangha - are sitting together on Skype in the many corners of Europe in order to read, and listen deeply to, the Bat Nha koan. Feeling touched by it, we are compelled to connect to you - our Brothers and Sisters of Bat Nha.
It is easy to sit in our comfy chairs and write some warm sentences and pat our shoulders. But what do we know? We feel a sense of inappropriateness, of literally not finding the words. There would be a kind of dishonesty in claiming that we know what you went through one year ago, that we know what the situation really is. Because we don’t. However, despite our intellect not being able to fully understand, if we really listen inside of ourselves, we become aware that in our heart there is true connection, that there is true understanding and compassion. It is in the language of the heart that cannot be put into words anyway.