[ UPDATE! ]
“Showing the way fearlessly and compassionately,
the stream of all our Ancestral Teachers,
to whom we bow in gratitude.”
We are pleased to announce that Ven. Suhita Dharma (“Bhante”) will be one of our teachers offering dharma talks at the retreat!
Ven. Suhita (Bhante) Dharma: Ven. Suhita Dharma, Mahathero (called “Bhante” by his students), is a well-known senior Buddhist bhikkhu ordained in the three Buddhist lineages: Mahayana, Theravada, and Varjayana. He is the first African American to be ordained a Buddhist monk; he was ordained by the late Ven. Thich Thien An, the first Vietnamese Buddhist master to come to Los Angeles. Bhante has been traveling to Mexico recently on a pilgrimage to pay respects to the ancient deities of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, praying to ask permission for the establishment of a Buddhist center in Mexico at the request of the Mayans, Yaquis, Tarahumaras, Pimas, and Aztecs and to meet with the chief shamans in those traditions. A longtime social justice activist and social worker, Bhante began working with Indo-Chinese refugees entering the U.S. in 1975 and has since worked with homeless persons, people with HIV-AIDS, and ex-offenders. Bhante teaches compassion meditation for everyday life and practice for those who are working with people in different communities, emphasizing a one-one-one approach as well as introducing students to the practice of the Kalyanamitta (spiritual friend) and helping those who are within the sea of samsaric suffering.
How fortunate we are to have the presence and guidance of several dharma teachers supporting our time together!!!
Br. Larry Ward
Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Ven. Suhita Dharma
If you have not yet registered for the retreat,
the last day to submit registrations will be JULY 20th, 2012.
Visit the REGISTRATION LINK above for more details.
There will be NO late or on-site registration.
The last day for scholarship application submissions is also JULY 20th, 2012.
Thank you all who will be joining us for this summertime mindfulness gathering and co-creating a community of practice for ourselves and for our communities.
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Thanks to all who have been visiting the retreat Facebook page, blog and sharing the announcement with friends. Thank you for breathing life into this aspiration to come together as a community of practice!
We have arrived!
We are home!