Stream Entering Meditation Centre – Summer 2013 News
Plum Village Australia
Unified Buddhist Church- Australia
 
 

Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

Some remarkable developments are beginning to unfold - right now, right here- for all of Thay’s students in Australia.  Causes and Conditions which are sufficient, have come together allowing the Lotus Bud  that is Nhap Luu to swell, ready to unfurl at least one more beautiful petal. Very joyfully indeed, those of us who have worked with this and more in our hearts for some years- are now preparing to help the Stream Entering Meditation Centre move onto the next phase of it’s manifestation as Plum Village Australia.

Our  main feature in this issue, is Thay Phap Kham's sharing with us of the plans for that, in his article "Peace Is Every Breath". He writes about the plans, the background and gives news of the debut "Nhap Luu Summer Opening" of 2014.  We hope you are as inspired and happy as we. There is more from him further on about additional land just purchased.

        

The handwork of Sr Doan Nghiem - visiting Senior Sister at Nhap Luu - now lines the walking meditation path-way.

I have to say, I’m truly a very fortunate Sangha member. I have both opportunity and reason to spend quite a lot of time at Nhap Luu myself- and the more time I spend, the more I want to. This body of mine is not at all young- but somehow it has not seemed important that Nhap Luu conditions are still basic. In a similar way to the original Plum Village pioneer Sangha members before us- and those of Deer Park too, I have such rich heart-opening experiences from being there, involved in the lives and practice of the Sisters, and soaking up a deeper sense of what it means to live the Dharma and the Practice. 

I would be the first to tell you that I have a very long, long way to go in developing my own practice. Nonetheless- it remains true that this is the place where my  understanding, and thus my  practice, do strengthen the most.. 

So this wonder of a place that we can all actually come home to and practice and develop in, is now about to step forward to it’s next level, and there will be many not-to-be-missed opportunities for Sangha members who are keen enough to seize the chance, to contribute. Right now, we can even see the beginnings of a locally (regionally) based "Friends Of the Monastery" group evolving. It is happening at every level.  So beautiful.

Definitely the focus in this newsletter is Nhap Luu and the new developments, so you will notice that the balance of articles - the flavour - has shifted a bit. But just for this edition - and we still have some other great offerings for you. Jenny Pittman for example, who received the Lamp of Wisdom Transmission from Thay earlier in the year, shares some of that day in the form of a very special photo. It accompanies, with others, her article in "From The New South Wales Sangha" about her recent participation in Thay’s Canadian Educators' Retreat. "Sangha Roundup" has been held over to next edition, as has the article we had for "From The South Australian Sangha" and also our newest section, "Retreat Experiences". But we do still have our first small bilingual entry - with the help of Kenny Nguyen, from Melbourne.

We hope all these offerings will nourish, and inspire joy in, the hearts of our Sangha.
 

“Flower” by Mark Ngo. Sydney.
 

To set the mood, here is a most beautifully poignant and mindful sharing in this "Tuesdays with Thay" contribution.

Tuesdays With Thay

Dear Friends

In Thay’s book, ‘The Heart of the Buddah’s Teaching’,  chapter on Right Concentration, Thay writes that in order to be concentrated, we should be mindful, fully present, aware of what is going on, and absorbed in the moment. You become the moment.

This poem by a Buddhist monk describes active concentration.

The wind whistles in the bamboo

And the bamboo dances.

When the wind stops,

The bamboo grows still.

The wind comes and the bamboo welcomes it.  The wind goes, and the bamboo lets it go.

A silver bird flies over the autumn lake.

When it has passed,

The lake’s surface does not try

To hold on to the image of the bird.

As the bird flies over the lake, its reflection is lucid.  After it is gone, the lake reflects the clouds and the sky just as clearly.

When we practice active concentration, we welcome whatever comes along.

When the object of our concentration has passed, our mind remains clear, like a calm lake.

This Poem and Thay’s writing help me to understand in such a beautiful and gentle way, that I experienced active concentration while reading this.

Enjoy the moment
Dianne Howard

Dianne Howard sits with Five Mountains Sangha, in Northern New South Wales. "Tuesdays With Thay" is an ongoing Sangha Practice there, which we were first introduced to in our second (Autumn 2013 edition).

"Peace House Lake- Ducks" from David Moore, Smiling Heart Sangha, Blue Mountains, NSW.

 

From the Nhap Luu Sisters


Dear Friends, perhaps not so much from us this time, as there is a lot to leave to Br Phap Kham. However, we do want to welcome Sr Doan Nghiem, who stays with us as our Senior Sister for six months while Sr Thuan Tien is overseas; and also our own Sr Tu Nghiem, who returns to us long-term, ☺ after years away in Plum Village and in Thailand. We recently also enjoyed a week long visit  from Sr Trung Chin, of Deer Park; and as some of you know, in Plum Village France this year, two more Australians have been ordained - Nathan Sutter of Sydney, as Thich Chan Troi Tuy Niem, and Natalie Cornish of Tasmania, as Chan Trang Uu Bat (her ordination story here too).

During the last three months Sisters Doan Nghiem, Thuan Tien, and The Nghiem lead a Mindfulness Day in Adelaide, organised at the Phap Hoa Temple, which drew about 200 people.  An English language Dharma Talk, a Vietnamese language Dharma talk, and Total Relaxation Practice were all part of it. For the Brisbane Retreat, which was later this year, Sisters Luong Nghiem, The Nghiem, Quan Nghiem,  Thuan Nghiem, Trung Ngoc, Xuong Nghiem, and Thuan Tien, went north. It was very successful, and we’d particularly like to thank Bao and Will’s family, who offered the food.

Recently, we re-instituted the tradition of once monthly working bees at Nhap Luu. Particularly at this time of year it’s really important to keep the land  fire-safe.  This month, local friends joined in, organised by our Beaufort friend Judy Nugent.  Nhap Luu’s working bees are held on the first Saturday of every month. We encourage the Sangha to come - and to enjoy the day with us as well. No special invitations needed.

The two big pieces of news that Br Phap Kham shares, tell firstly of a type of retreat that we have not organised before from Nhap Luu, but which in the future we’d like to do each year- for young adults, families, all our members in fact- and especially for those who have not yet had the chance to actually know us, and to practice with Plum Village Monastics. We are looking forward to it. His other news tells of the purchase of an extra piece of land for Entering the Stream/ Nhap luu, and the reasons behind that.  It’s all good news.

A smile, and a Lotus for you all,
The Sisters at Nhap Luu.

 

It is with mindfulness and pleasure that we announce the first ever Plum Village Australia Spring Opening "Peace Is Every Breath", scheduled for 19-25 Sep 2014, at Cave Hill Creek Resort in Raglan Victoria. The resort is just 20mins away from Nhap Luu Monastery.

We will have approximately 20 monastics present, including the sisters from Nhap Luu, and monks from Thailand, Hong Kong and Plum Village in France. The retreat will be held over six days and six nights, and is scheduled during the school holidays.

“Peace is Every Breath” 


Thich Chan Phap Kham Dharma talk, Nhap Luu 2013


The 1st Annual Spring Opening Retreat at Nhap Luu Monastery is being realized.

One early morning last September, as I was practicing ten mindful movements on the lower floor of the Peace House at Nhap Luu Monastery, a group of Kangaroos were having their morning grass outside. Wanting to have a picture taken with them, I went out of the house, and quietly walked toward them from behind, hoping that they would not notice me. I did not have any luck. They were aware of my presence and jumped away. I guessed that they liked to have their morning meal undisturbed. They were really in the present moment, enjoying their breath and their grass. While doing so, they were also aware of my approach. I did have a good time observing them from inside of the house though. It was a wonderful feeling for me that morning, being so close to nature and its inhabitants - and being a part of it.

   

I came to Nhap Luu - Entering the Stream Monastery for the first time in December 2009, during the trip to attend the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne on Plum Village’s behalf. Since then, I've had chances to come to Nhap Luu more often. The second time was in May 2010 to help the Sisters  set up Nhap Luu for its first Rains Retreat, then again in Oct. 2010 with brothers Phap Hai and Phap Dung to hold a retreat there.  On the April 2012 trip with Brother Phap Hai, I helped lead the retreats in Sydney and Brisbane, and got to know more about the Sangha members there as well. This September, I came back for the retreats at  Nhap Luu and in Sydney. Nhap Luu has grown a lot since the first rain retreat in May 2010. There are 11 nuns now at Nhap Luu, and activities there have become regular. The Sisters have also been to Adelaide to build new Sangha at the request of local practitioners, who hope to establish similar activities to those in Brisbane and Sydney. We are practicing well Thay’s teaching "Sangha building is the most important practice of a practitioner."

The Nhap Luu of today is like Plum Village of 30 years ago, actually. I remember coming to Plum Village for the first time in the summer of 1987 as a lay person, where I and several fellow practitioners from France and Norway stayed in the back room of the Red Candle building, behind the current registration office of Lower Hamlet. We slept on beds made up of 4 bricks and a wooden panel. Plum Village’s main car was a decade-old vehicle. Friends and members of Sr. Chan Khong’s extended family came to Plum Village every summer to help with the operation of the summer opening. And there were not enough toilets. Thay himself had to wait for the use of the toilet in that building. This reminds me the sharing of a friend, who said that because of lack of space, homes in France often do not have many toilets. Some members of the family have to form a toilet queue, giving themselves a chance to see each other. I would add that, because of this, they also have more chances to practice peace is every breath.

My first overnight stay at Nhap Luu was in the yurt upon the hill. It was cold during the day and even colder at night. But the cold was offset by the warmth of the care taken by Sangha members, who prepared hot water bottles for me to keep warm until morning. Sangha building means building brotherhood and sisterhood, and it does not require fancy facilities. In my experience, the simpler the facilities, the more time we have for Sangha building. A group of friends drinking tea around the fire, a cooking team happily preparing the food, a guest team joyfully preparing the bedding… are all occasions for Sangha building. 

The idea of holding the Annual Spring Opening in Nhap Luu for the whole of Australia, similar to the annual Summer Opening in Plum Village France, was discussed during the September 2013 retreat in  Sydney. We were happy to have many long time practitioners, who had visited Plum Village in the early years, in that retreat. As has been done until now, there are two usual periods for holding retreats: one in March-April and one in  the September-October period.  In each period, a weekend retreat has been held at Nhap Luu, in Sydney and in Brisbane. The suggestion is to continue holding the weekend retreats in March-April, at all those places, but a single week-long Spring Opening Retreat at Nhap Luu only, in Sept - October. There will be no retreats held in other locales during that time, thus allowing the maximum people to come to the annual Spring Opening. In the same way, people from all over the world come to Plum Village France every year for its annual Summer Opening.

Preparation is underway to make the First Annual Spring Opening, Sept. 19 -25, 2014 a successful and joyful event. Conditions are not there yet to hold all activities at Nhap Luu itself, but there will be a Day of Mindfulness held there. The rest of the retreat will be held at Cave Hill Creek Resort in Raglan, 20kms from Nhap Luu.  This is similar to what we  did when we first opened Deer Park Monastery. Big retreats were held at the University of California in San Diego for the first three years. We hope that Nhap Luu will be ready to hold the Spring Opening on it’s own property, for a few hundred people, in a few years time.  But that all depends on us.  We are not losing ourselves in the future though. Taking good care f the present means taking good care of the future. All the  future annual Spring Openings start with the first Spring Opening. We are looking forward to see you there.

Peace is every breath,

Br. Phap Kham
 

  
 

Cave Hill Creek Resort, Raglan Vic.


RETREAT PRICING: In order to keep the retreat affordable for the maximum  number of practitioners,  fees will be charged to cover running costs only.  The total retreat price is not fixed yet, but will be based on daily calculations similar to those below. Final pricing, and registration details, will be made available to you early in the New Year, by email and on the new website when it is up and running:
www.nhapluu.org / www.entering the stream.org ( both addresses wil be functional)

Adults: $65 per day.

Children: (2-16yrs) $35 per day.
Includes accommodation (with beds or camping options) and all meals.

HELP NEEDED: In order to hold a major retreat of this sort, we need a lot of help. We are looking for expressions of interest from Sangha members to join the retreat coordination team, filling the following positions. There will be more than one person in all of the positions mentioned.

  1. Registration  
  2. Accommodation allocation  
  3. Treasurer 
  4. Monastic Assistance (for the retreat schedule)
  5. Other

Should you be interested, please send an email to Gerard Lee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MORE: The links below give you more details about the venue, and also the region we are in. There is a dedicated Facebook page for the retreat.

http://www.pyreneestourism.com.au/ (Why not make a road trip of it and visit the area as well)

http://www.cavehillcreek.com.au/ - The venue

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pvaustralia/ - Sangha members are invited.

 


Sách của Thầy

Một lưu ý rằng Tu viện Nhập Lưu có giữ gần như tất cả các tựa sách cuả Thầy, bằng cả tiếng Anh và tiếng Việt, chúng tôi có thể gửi chúng cho quý vị nào muốn thỉnh. Giá cả gần như giống hệt với giá niêm yết cua nhà xuất bản Parallax Press, và  khi mua sách quý vị sẽ hỗ trợ cả Giáo hội Phật giáo Thống nhất của Úc, và nhà xuất bản Parallax và Lá Bối.  Điều này giúp tạo thuận lợi cho việc in ấn và nối tiếp các tựa sách và sự giảng dạy của Thầỵ  Xin liên hệ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Thay's Books

A reminder that Nhap Luu carries almost all Thay’s titles, in both English and Vietnamese, we will send them to you. Prices are almost identical to those of Parallax Press, and you will be supporting both the Unified Buddhist Church of Australia, and Parallax Press and LaBoi presses themselves. This helps facilitate the continued printing and availability of Thay’s books and teaching. Orders: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

HAIKU

An old silent pond......

A frog jumps into the pond,

Splash! Silence again.
 

-Basho
From Mark Ngo, Sydney.

A Novice Ordination

This story was sent from Plum Village to friends back home, by Retreatant Emyo Wang- just right at the end, as we were finalising the newsletter.  It was too lovely a story to pass up, despite this being a big issue already- so here it is- shortened a little, and with photos.

"Our Sister Natalie (from Tasmania) has transformed into Sister Chan Trang Uu Bat (pronounced "oo ba"), "True Udumbara Moon". She sends you all her love, mindful hugs, and is truly grateful for your shared practice. While she has limited access to internet, she wished to let you know that she is practising for you.  

In Buddhist legend, the udumbara flower blossoms once every 3000 years, symbolizing true rarity. The sound of the name also harks to Sayadaw U Ba Kin, and Sister Uu Bat is delighted about that, as Sayadaw was one of her first influences on this path. 

The entire four-fold sangha of over 300 assembled for the ordination at 6am in Upper Hamlet on December 8 . It was timed so that 19 aspirants in Thailand ordained with the eight in Plum Village. Incredibly, the eight in PV came from Canada, US, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam (x2), France, and Australia. 

In one part of the ordination, Thay put his hand on each aspirant's head, led a chanting of the name of Avalokiteshvara, then symbolically cut a strand of their hair. At the end of the ceremony, the monastic brothers and sisters whipped out their gear and started shaving away. Each new novice was shaved by several brothers or sisters and received their blessings.

Sister Uu Bat paid her respects to the ancestors of the land of Plum Village. She thanked her mum, for being the first person to show her the ultimate dimension, and thanked her Dad for always accepting and supporting her choices. She also thanked Brother Tuy Niem for showing her the difference between reading a book of Thays’- and practicing it. She finally thanked all the lay friends who share her journey."
 


All the new Novices after ordination, L to R they are from France, Australia, Canada, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, and the USA. The Monk in the brown  represents the 19 Novices  actually in Thailand

 
Jenny's retreat family


From The New South Wales Sangha


Happy Teachers Can Change the World: a retreat with Thay in Canada

A mindfulness retreat for educators, titled 'An Exploration of Mindfulness in Education' was among a number of retreat/conferences offered by Thay and his monastic sangha in Canada and the United States during the northern summer. My husband, Tony, and I attended one at Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada from 11 - 16 August.  We were on our way to England, and took a detour to travel across Canada by train.  The retreat was organized by several sanghas in nearby Toronto.  There were 1300 people in attendance, including 100 children.  Most people stayed in residence at the University and it was a mammoth effort on the part of the organisers.  

One aim of the retreat was to introduce the Wake Up Schools program.  The increasing research on the effectiveness of mindfulness underpins Plum Village’s establishment of this Program.  The Wake Up program aspires to teach not just students, but also teachers, administrators and parents how to nourish themselves using the simple practices of sitting meditation, and mindful eating and walking.  The focus of the Program is on supporting social and emotional learning, building inner resilience, reducing stress, and developing awareness of a more sustainable and ethical approach to living.  

There are several activities from the retreat that have stayed with me.  One was the powerfulness of the walking meditation.  We often see Thay, on DVDs, leading several hundred people in a walk.  To actually be in such a large group walking quietly in the still and cool of the early morning felt overwhelming.   Different groups would come from their accommodation and merge into one.  Even the University staff making their way to their offices began to walk more slowly.

Retreats are always places to be inspired by amazing people.  This was so with the people who were part of a panel presentation.  Michelle Chaban, who has worked with palliative and end of life care for many years, told her story of learning to walk again after a serious road accident. ‘I used my mind to find a place where there was no pain.’ Theo Koffler, diagnosed with lupus, learned mindfulness from her pain and then established Mindfulness without Borders (www.mindfulnesswithoutborders.org). John Bell works with troubled youth who say to him ‘they didn’t care about us at school’. He said ‘our job is to give care and respect.  The kids come in, closed flowers.  We, as the sun, shine on them to open them up.’  Jon Salunga, a classroom teacher in San Diego, caused me to re-think my practice of how to include mindfulness into my teaching when he changed the emphasis by talking about how he incorporates his teachinginto his mindfulness practice. He is inspired by Parker Palmer’s books.  He commented on how teaching is becoming a transaction and that this approach is reflected in the language used, e.g. ‘delivering’ a lesson, being ‘competent’.  He asked, ‘we’re doing a lot of teaching work but what are students receiving?’

Another memory is the coming together of strangers over a period of 4 days to form a ‘family’.  We were organized into groups of about 25 with the group leader being a monastic.  People’s willingness to share quite personal stories helped the group to trust and to form very quickly.  This connection was so strong that we are still in touch via emails several months later.  All the members in my group are teachers or school administrators and I was interested to note familiar ‘teacher-like’ behaviour. They regarded Thay’s teachings as a resource for teaching rather than as a resource for taking care of themselves.  I have done this myself.  We teachers can be our own worst enemies ! Yet, the theme of the retreat was ‘happy teachers can change the world!’  We do not often think about it, but teachers are agents of change.  We can make a profound difference to our students.  It is interbeing in action. However, as Thay said at the retreat:

Many people think that engaged Buddhism is social action.  But it can be practised any time of day.  We have more peace, freedom and joy so that others profit. …  If you know how to be a healthy person, how to handle painful feelings, you are doing it for all of us.  Anything you do for yourself, you do for all of us.  When you are at peace, everything you do is peace work.  … The future of the world does not depend on one person.  If you are at peace you have helped the world.

Didn’t another wise teacher say something similar? May you be peaceful, happy and light.

Jenny Pittman (True Shore of Virtue)

Jenny has been a classroom and university literacy teacher for over 40 years. She has taught all age groups with the exception of 13 -16 year olds.
 


Dharma Teacher Lamp of Wisdom Transmission, February 2013.  Jenny and her husband Tony with Thay. Her other attendant is BrotherTroi Tuy Niem, now fully ordained- and from Sydney.

Water Feature at Five Mountains Sangha, near Lismore, northern New South Wales. April 2013.

 

Touching the Earth, Healing the Earth
 

"May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, and reverse  the process of global warming"

(Fourth of the Five  Contemplations- TNH)

We Australians discard up to 20% of the food we buy. That’s one out of every five shopping bags going to waste. When we throw away food, it’s not just the item of food that we are wasting. The hidden impact is that when we waste food, we are also wasting all the water, fuel, and resources that were used to grow that food and transport it from the farm to our plate. And such food waste goes to landfill where it rots with other organic waste to create Methane- a greenhouse gas 25 times more global warming than Carbon Dioxide.

Resources for Earth Protection Practice: (our thanks to Thay Phap Ho) http://earthprotectionhereandnow.wordpress.com/resources-for-earth-protection-practice/

 

More Land for Nhap Luu
 

"On Nov 12, 2013 Unified Buddhist Church of Australia (UBCA, administrative name of Plum Village Australia) signed a contract to buy 16.1 ha (about 39.78 acres) of land for $122,000.00 (122K) AUD from Mr. Peter Finch. The first payment was made for an amount of $62,000, and Mr Finch agreed to let UBCA pay the remaining on Nov. 12, 2014, without accrued interest.

We decided to buy the land for several reasons.  A review of land aquisition records at Nhap Luu can be helpful in understanding this.

In August 2001 OI member Chan Tu Tue(Than Ho)and his wife Chan Hoai Duc (Min Ho), of Green Bamboo Sangha, Hoppers Crossing Melbourne, bought about 24 ha of land. It was bought from a brother of Mr Finch.  They had the intention to donate the land to Plum Village,so that Plum Village Australia could be established. Sangha members began work on the land, making a pond and roads, and some facilities near the lowest part of the land.

One neighbour objected to the location and asked the Sangha to move the kitchen and dining hall, the toilets, the parking lot and a hut, to a further location. Without an accurate map these facilities were moved -but unintentionally onto the edge of the land of Peter Finch. Walking meditation paths and some roads were cleared, and only after Peter Finch advised the Sangha, did they realise the mistake.

Since the facilities had already been settled, in March 2003 Chan Tu Tue and Chan Hoai Duc negotiated to buy about 4.5ha from Mr. Finch. This made Nhap Luu’s land area about 28.5 ha. The totality of land purchased by Green Bamboo Sangha was legally transferred to UBCA ownership on 1st February 2010. 

Nhap Luu, Spring 2013.Photos courtesy of Thai Nguyen( The A)


Five sisters moved to Nhap Luu and held the first (Monastics) Rains Retreat there in May 2010. Living conditions improved bit by bit. Electricity was hooked up. To prepare for more sisters, a modular home (manufactured by Bond Homes) which could house 10 people was considered  for the cost of about 180,000AUD. This would still have needed extra works such as toilets and ground preparation. However, in Sept. 2011,The "Peace House" property was offered for sale at a cost $ 254,000AUD. Given that it already existed as a finished house - had a well, and an additional 10 ha of land, UBCA decided to buy it as a better option. Final payment for the property was made in September 2012.  Nhap Luu’s land area became  38.5 ha at that point.

In June 2013, Mr. Peter Finch expressed an interest to sell the rest of his land, in preparation for his retirement. Given that it is a beautiful lot and situated right above and adjacent to Nhap Luu; that some works have already been done on the land; and that Nhap Luu will need the land for future growth- UBCA decided to buy the remaining lot from him.

As of December 2013, Nhap Luu’s land area is about 55 ha, which is big enough to keep Nhap Luu a tranquil and peaceful place for years to come- despite the fast development rate in the region.

First and foremost, it is to protect the future generations of Nhap Luu that UBCA  made this most recent purchase of the additional 16ha.

Thich Chan Phap Kham.
Plum Village, Hong Kong.

 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR BE AT NHAP LUU

The Sangha and Friends are invited to enjoy the coming of 2014 together with the Sisters at Nhap Luu.  Arrive on New Years Eve the 30th, in time for a 6.00pm meditative dinner, as a Sangha then Walking meditation at 7.30, followed by a   Dharma talk at 8.30, and Total Relaxation at 10.00. 11.00pm Touching The Earth,11.30pm Sitting Meditation,12.00pm Incense Offering, Prostrations, and Hugging Meditation for the New Year.

Walking meditation 9.15 am

Dinner                    5.30 pm

Sitting, Incense Offering and Chanting 7.00 pm 
 

SPECIAL TET PROGRAMME

Sunday February 2nd

5.30 am   Wake up- Sitting and Chanting

7.00 am   Exercise

8.00 am   Breakfast

9.30 am   Walking Meditation

10.45am  Live Dharma Talk

12.30      Lunch

1.30pm   Total Relaxation 

2.30pm   Oracle reading, and Sisters' Room Visiting

TET

Join in the festival which some say epitomises the identity of Vietnamese Culture, with the Sisters at Nhap Lu, also.  The Lunar New Year is observed in all of East Asia influenced by Chinese civilization, but each country celebrates it in a way peculiar to itself. Some rites, festivities and practices of Vietnamese TET are quite distant variants of the Chinese model, and are even original creations which hark back to myths and legends of the pre-Chinese period - an authentically Viet culture of the Bronze Age.THE Plum Village version is simple, but the programme we offer you is  two fold this year.

TET - VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR

Thursday January 30th 

Walking meditation 9.15 am

Dinner                    5.30 pm

Sitting, Incense Offering and Chanting, 7.00 pm 

SPECIAL TET PROGRAMME  

Sunday February 2nd

5.30 am   Wake up- Sitting and Chanting

7.00 am   Exercise

8.00 am   Breakfast

9.30 am   Walking Meditation

10.45am  Live Dharma Talk

12.30      Lunch

1.30pm   Total Relaxation 

2.30pm   Oracle reading, and Sisters' Room Visiting.

APRIL RETREATS 2014

The annual Plum Village Australia April Retreats, will be lead by Thay Phap Hai ( Deer Park) and Thay Phap  Khoi ( Plum Village), together with the Sisters of Nhap Luu.

Dates are as follows:

Nhap Luu:     April 11th- 13th

Sydney:       18th – 20th

Brisbane:      25th – 28th

Adelaide:      May   2nd – 4th    

Details and registration information will be made available closer to the time, by email to you all.

 

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DANA, or generosity is the opposite of grasping(attachment), and a characteristic cultivated in all Buddhist groups. Traditionally monastics depend on the generosity of the lay sangha for their livelihood and the necessities of life.

Donations to the Sisters of Nhap Luu may be made by Cheque made out to Unified Buddhist Church Australia, and posted to PO Box 10 Beaufort, Vic, 3373; or by EFT to BSB 633000, A/C No 137099818. Regular (monthly) affordable, automatic transfers are also something you could consider setting in place.
 
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