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You Are My Garden: A Day of Mindfulness

February 19 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm PST

For our Day of Mindfulness today, we will practicing walking meditation together, listen to a Dharma talk by Sister Kinh Nghiem (in English), followed by the Ceremony to Recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration (at the bottom of the page).

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 Recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings

12:30 PM – Vegetarian Lunch

2:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes


You Are My Garden

A tree is dying in my garden.
You see it,
but you also see other trees
that are still vigorous and joyful.

And I am thankful.

I know a tree is dying in my garden,
but I do not see it
as the whole of my garden.

And I need you to remind me of that.

I am told to take care of the garden
left to me by my ancestors.
A garden always has beautiful trees
and others that are not so healthy.
That is the reason why
we have to take good care of it.

You are my garden,
and I know that I should practice as a gardener.

I have seen an old, untended garden,
where the cherry and peach trees
still bloom wonderfully
and always in time.

Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems
Thich Nhat Hanh
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10 responses to “You Are My Garden: A Day of Mindfulness”

  1. We are two families registered for this Sunday’s Day of Mindfulness. Looking forward to it. We are bringing three children – 13-, 10-, and 7-years old. Aside from Walking Meditation, are there specific activities planned for children if they do not want to join in sitting meditation or the dharma talk?

    • It’s possible we will have a childrens program but have not received confirmation from our volunteer team. The children are more than welcome regardless of an official program taking place. And if many children appear, we may put one together at the last minute.

  2. Hello kind people. My login gave me admin rights to the backend of the website! I just want to let you know so you can keep the site secure. Namaste.

    • The backend you are seeing is just an area where you can see your profile and account information. Thank you for the concern, but it’s as it should be. 🙂

  3. Hello I have a 4 months old. Can I attend with her? I can breastfeed her if she decides to cry or leave early if she seems to be too loud.

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