October 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm PDT
The Dharma talk today will be offered in Vietnamese by Br. Pháp Hội with live English translation
This event is In-Person and requires advance registration (at the bottom of the page).
Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please reply to the confirmation email you receive.
We ask that all guests please observe our dress code: out of respect for our monastic brothers and sisters, please wear sleeves that cover the shoulders (short sleeves are acceptable), shirts that cover the midriff, and long pants or long skirts that are loose-fitting and cover the knees at all times. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops, nor tight-fitting clothing. We kindly ask friends to dress modestly for the duration of their time with us and to share this information with anyone attending the event with you.
There is no cost incurred for participation in the Day of Mindfulness, but a donation is greatly appreciated to keep the monastery open and able to receive guests. You will find donation boxes in the meditation and dining halls or you can donate online.
Scheduled events occur rain or shine.
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Gate open to receive registered visitors
9:00 AM – Walking Meditation
10:15 AM – Dharma Talk (translation provided as needed)
12:00 PM – Formal Lunch
2:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes
This week’s name for the Day of Mindfulness comes from a poem Thay wrote after visiting the Ajanta Caves in India in 1976.
Flowers in the sky.
Flowers on earth.
Lotuses bloom as Buddha’s eyelids.
Lotuses bloom in man’s heart.
Holding gracefully a lotus in his hand,
the bodhisattva brings forth a universe of art.
In the meadows of the sky, stars have sprung up.
The smiling, fresh moon is already up.
The jade colored trunk of a coconut tree
Reaches across the late night sky.
My mind, traveling in utmost emptiness,
catches suchness on its way home.