Nourishing Our Beloved Community

2nd Spring Opening 2015 (Sept 18 – 23)

offered by The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village from Nhap Luu Monastery,
Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism & Plum Village Thailand

 

Registration is available on line at our registration website pvretreats.org/nhapluu

 

 

April 2015

Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to visit Thien Vien Nhap Luu – Stream Entering Meditation Centre in Beaufort Victoria, to attend the second Spring Opening Retreat. The retreat will be held in September, from the 18th to the 23rd, with the monks and nuns of Plum Village from Nhap Luu Monastery, Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, and Plum Village Thailand. The venue is the nearby Cave Hill Creek Resort, 20 km away from Nhap Luu. There will be a half-day visit to Nhap Luu on Sept. 20.

 

Prior to 2014, there were long-weekend retreats held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide every April and Sept/October. The Annual Spring Opening at Nhap Luu replaces the weekend retreats of September/October, so practitioners from all over Australia will be able to come to the home centre of Plum Village Australia to practise together, to enjoy each others' presence, and to build and strengthen Sangha.

The Plum Village tradition of practice is designed to help us weave mindfulness into all of our daily activities. In this way we can practise meditation throughout the day while eating, walking, working, sitting in meditation, or even enjoying a cup of tea together. All participants are invited to help in communal activities such as arranging the meditation halls, preparing meals, cleaning bathrooms, emptying garbage, watering plants, washing pots, cleaning the kitchen, and other tasks, as part of the daily practice of mindfulness. Since the teachings emphasize the benefit of practising with the Sangha in order to enjoy its collective energy, it is important for all retreatants to fully participate in scheduled activities. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking, drinking and sexual activity during their stay as a concrete expression of their practice of mindfulness. There will, as well, be an opportunity to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which are a template for happiness and meaning in life, and the foundation of our being together as a Sangha.

Lectures will be in mainly in English and sometimes in Vietnamese. Simultaneous translations are provided. Dharma discussion groups in one’s native language will also be arranged.

Children’s and teens’ programs

A family program is available which includes a children’s program for 6–12 year olds, and a teens’ program for 13–16 year olds. A group of staff will help coordinate activities together with the parents and other interested adults. Children under 6 are completely the responsibility of their parents. In some past retreats, some parents found they could coordinate childcare amongst themselves in order to rotate being able to participate in the adults' activities.

Regarding clothing at Plum Village - while it is fine to wear more casual clothes outside the meditation hall, please wear sleeved shirts, long pants or calf-length skirts inside the meditation hall.

We hope you will come and share in a joyous celebration of life in the beautiful peaceful environment at Cave Hill Creek, and with your fellow practitioners. We look forward to seeing you and to making steps of peace and joy with you there and at Nhap Luu itself, this Spring!

The Nhap Luu Spring Opening Registration Team. 

Please see the Tentative Retreat Schedule and and registration details in the next pages.


 

Tentative Schedule -
"Nourishing Our Beloved Community" - Spring Opening Retreat Sept 18th- 23rd, 2015 

 

 

 

Sept. 18 – Friday

Sept. 19 –Saturday

Sept. 20 - Sunday

Sept. 21 - Monday

Sept. 22 - Tuesday

Sept. 23 - Wed.

5:15

 

Wake-Up

Wake-Up


Lazy Morning

Wake-Up

Wake-Up

6:00

 

Sitting & Chanting

Sitting & Chanting


       14 MT

Transmission


5MT
Transmission

7:00

 

10 Mindful Movement

10 Mindful Movement

7:30

 

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

8:00 Breakfast

8:00 Breakfast

9:00

Dharma talk

Dharma talk

Dharma talk

Q & A


Dharma talk

11:30

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

12:30

 

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

13:45 – 14:30

 Registration & Check-In

Total Relaxation

Total Relaxation

Total Relaxation /Touching The Earth

Total Relaxation

Farewell

15:00

Dharma Discussion

Go to Nhap Luu Monastery

Dharma Discussion

Dharma Discussion

16:45

Sport / Stick Exercise

Sport / Stick Exercise

Sport / Stick Exercise

18:00

 

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

19:30

Orientation

5 MT Presentation

Back to Cave Hill Creek
Lazy Night

Beginning Anew Presentation

Be-in - Performance

 

21:30

 

Bed time – Light Out

 
 

Noble Silence Practice until after breakfast

 


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

How to register

Registration is available on line at our registration website pvretreats.org/nhapluu. Spaces are limited and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please see accommodation options, retreat fees and payment terms below. If payment is not made on time, your place may be released for someone already on the waiting list, and your own name will then go onto that waiting list. If you are having difficulties, please communicate with us as below.

 

HOUSING CODES

CONTRIBUTIONS*(Amount listed is per person and includes tuition, room, and meals)

17yrs. & older

13yrs. - 16yrs old

2yrs. - 12yrs old

DORM/
ECO-TENT

Dormitory/Eco-Tent (only pillow is provided, linen can be rented for an additional $10/week. Pay directly to the resort)

$495

$420

$370

CAMPING

Bring your own tent, pillow and linens

$410

$350

$310

 

Payment: Please pay the full amount within two weeks of registration. If full payment is not made within the two-week period, your name will be put on the waiting list, and you risk losing your place, as mentioned above. Details of how to pay are included in the confirmation e-mail you receive when you register. Please follow the instructions given there. Cancellations madebefore August 1st 2015 will attract a 20% cancellation fee. No refunds at all are available for cancellations received after August 1st 2015.

 

We encourage practitioners to take part in the full retreat. Partial bookings will only be made available on written request and if there are free places at the end of registration.

 

You may click on the website link pvretreats.org/nhapluu  to begin registering. We hope that most questions are answered right here, or as you go along within the registration process itself. If you have queries that are not answered this way however, please contact us:


Address all enquiries to:
the Spring Opening Retreat Registration Team.

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Website: http://nhapluu.org