Realizing Love: Meeting the Challenges of Our Time With Peace, Understanding and Compassion
A Mindfulness Retreat with Brother Michael Ciborski Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 (Additional day for Order of Interbeing members and aspirants, Wednesday, November 7)
American Bodhi Center Hempstead, TX (between Houston and Austin on US 290) sponsored by Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston
We all feel the call to be active, to participate in the transformation of collective suffering. To be truly effective in whatever we do, we need sufficient calm and clarity within ourselves. We know that we cannot do it alone. We need our spiritual community.
In this retreat, drawing on more than two millennia of engaged spiritual practice in Buddhism, we will work to establish the practice of mindfulness in our bodies and minds and to transform afflictions that burden us. We will also work diligently, through dharma teachings, reflection, discussion, and other shared practices, to build a collective inspiration and insight into how we can make use of the practice to help us engage with society and the world in a way that is relevant, skillful, and meaningful.
Come practice together, and we can distill the myriad facets of the practice of mindfulness into this simple expression: “The practice of mindfulness is a path of love.”
About the teacher Michael is a lineage holding Dharma teacher in the tradition of the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. (Michael’s Dharma name is Chan Trung Dao, True Middle Way.) He lived as a monk for seven years in Plum Village, France, and has worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support and offer meditation retreats around the world.
A skilled musician, he studied voice training and chanting of several European and Asian traditions and served for several years as an English language chant master in the monastery. He lives now in New Hampshire with his wife and children, where they are building a residential mindfulness practice community and education center for sustainable living.
Retreat Format This residential retreat is designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. It will center on periods of sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talks by our teacher.
There will be small-group Dharma discussions, meal meditations, and active, mindful work practice. Periods of silence will deepen and enrich the experience by allowing time for personal reflection.
Order of Interbeing members and aspirants Beginning on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 7, there will be an additional day for ordained Order of Interbeing members and aspirants. Ordained members are those who have formally received the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.
American Bodhi Center The American Bodhi Center is a beautiful rural sanctuary developed by members of the Texas Buddhist Association. It is located on 500 acres just north of Hempstead, Texas. There are beautiful grounds to enjoy, two dormitories, a library/meditation hall, and a dining hall. The mission statement on their website reads: American Bodhi Center upholds Buddha’s teaching by promoting an engaged form of Buddhism through education, culture, philanthropy, and service to the public.