"We need such a person to inspire us with calm confidence, to tell us what to do. Who is that person? The Mahayana Buddhist sutras tell us that you are that person. If you are yourself, if you are at your best, then you are that person. Only with such a person - calm, lucid, aware - will our situation improve. Please be yourself, please be that person. I wish you good luck." - Thay Thich Nhat Hanh
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TO THE UK WAKE-UPPERS: There is a group from the UK who plans to travel together to the EIAB this April. Anyone who wants to join them, please contact the organizer Patrick McKearney via
(subject: Patrick - easter retreat).
TO THE FRENCH WAKE-UPPERS: There is a van with space for 8 people driving from Paris to Cologne for 35 Euros. If you are interested, then please write to
(subject: Han - Paris group).
TO THE GERMAN WAKE-UPPERS: Two people from Munich are looking for a ride to the EIAB. Can anyone offer them a lift? (subject: Han - Munich group)
TO THE DUTCH WAKE-UPPERS: There is a group travelling the Rotterdam - Brussels - Waldbröl route. (subject: Bart - Dutch group)
The Daffodil Great Ordination Ceremony will begin this Tuesday, Jan. 12! Well I'm into it because our family, the Papaya family, will receive our great precepts this year (on Jan. 14). I just wrote this poem and letter to family and friends, and thought you might enjoy! (Anyone have a picture of the wonderful snow that is falling all around at the moment here in Plum Village?)
Going forth on the path, I say goodbye to loved ones, Letting go of illusory bonds, Tears of release may fall -- I know you have always been there. Countless rivers of feeling flow in me in every moment -- You are my voice...
Christmas is coming and a new year will soon begin. In these cold, dark winter months, it is all the more important for us to stay together, as a big family of young practitioners. Let us be here for each other. Wherever we may be on this very big planet, let us feel that we are together. That's why the Wake Up Family is here for you! :) At this time, there is an opportunity for all the wonderful and kind young people of the Wake Up Family to contribute to the upcoming newsletter, to share the Good News - things that are beautiful, interesting, and beneficial for us all. We know you are there, and to keep the connection with all the wonderful friends all over the world, let us come together and share for the TTT Wake Up newsletter this year! We have suggested the theme "True Love" based on these two resources: The Five Mindfulness Trainings and/ in connection with Thay's writing “A Rose for Your Pocket” - two wonderful texts that are the base of what we are, what we do and that keep us together. You may write an article, create an artwork, write a poem, etc. reflecting your own insights gained in daily life, or anything else that links us all and that lets you express what you have to say. We'll also have a "multi-sharing" section in our newsletter, where everyone can share what "True Love" means to them with max. 200-250 words. It is not an obligation to share about this theme though, it can also be about anything else dear to you that you would like to share with our Wake Up family. The most important thing is that you enjoooy it!