Sunflower: A Day of Mindfulness

November 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am 1:30 pm PST

Our Day of Mindfulness today will include walking mediation, a Dharma talk by Sr. Tuyết Nghiêm in Vietnamese with the theme “Open the Source of Love” (Suối Nguồn Yêu Thương) and a Ceremony to Transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Children’s Program: Families can drop off their young ones between the ages 6 and 12 after walking meditation in front of the Big Meditation Hall and pick them up before lunch. Register your child here.

Important Information

Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please login again on this page and indicate you are not attending.

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 (also available as a livestream)

11:30 AM – Ceremony to Transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings

12:30 PM – Vegetarian Lunch

2:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes

Sunflower (Poem)

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Come, dear, with your innocent eyes
and look at the clear, blue ocean of the Dharmakaya,
and look at the green color,
the manifestation of suchness.

Even if the world is shattered,
your smile will never vanish.
What did we possess yesterday,
and what will we lose today?

Come, dear, look right into existence,
adorned by illusion.
Since the sunflower is already there,
all flowers turn toward it and contemplate.

The sunflower is prajñaparamita, transcendent understanding.

Excerpt From
Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems
Thich Nhat Hanh
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18 responses to “Sunflower: A Day of Mindfulness”

  1. Hi, quick question, when does registration open for this Day of Mindfulness. Is there a set schedule that registration always opens XX days before an event? Thank you.

    • We usually open the registration on Tuesdays, 12 days before the event. There are a couple other exceptions, but in general, that is the intention.

  2. Hi brother Joy, is dorm/lodging available for booking when we register for just 1 day on Sunday? We live a bit far from the monastery. Thank you

    • Hi Kat. We do understand about distance and the challenges of that with coming for the day. Unfortunately, we don’t offer overnight stays for just one night.

    • There is no set time for opening registration, but registration did open earlier today and you can still register.

    • There is no set time for opening registration, but registration did open earlier today and you can still register.

  3. I’m trying to register for November 20th for a day of mindfulness.
    There is nowhere to sign up. Can you help? Thank you

    • There is no set time for opening registration, but registration did open earlier today and you can still register.

  4. I would like to join the waitlist for this event if it is possible. I can attend with a couple days advance notice. I’ll look forward to hearing if this is an option!

    With deep gratitude and warmth,


  5. I am planning to come from San Diego, but my car isn’t working well and I was wondering if anyone else is driving from San Diego and could give me a ride? Is there any ride share organizing happening? Thank you.

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