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K2444-5: PEACE IN ONESELF - PEACE IN THE WORLD: Step-by-Step Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Practice

31.10.2024 - 03.11.2024

“When you produce peace and happiness in yourself, you begin to realize peace for the whole world. With the smile that you produce in yourself, with the conscious breathing you establish within yourself, you begin to work for peace in the world.”
– Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh –

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to transform environments that are often filled with anger, stress and frustration into islands of peace by bringing the energy of mindfulness into our daily life activities.

The world today needs more people who can bring peace to themselves, their families, their country and the world.

We will focus on basic meditation practices taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village Meditation School that we can apply in our daily lives.

We will meditate together while sitting - still and guided - and while walking - slowly and in the forest.

In addition, we will practice loving speech and deep listening during mindful sharing.

In this way, we cultivate abiding in the present moment to transform suffering and find peace for ourselves and the world.

There are also introductions to eating meditation, metta meditation and deep relaxation.

“Humankind has become a very dangerous species. We need people who can sit still and be able to smile, who can walk peacefully. We need people like that in order to save us. Buddhism says that you are that person, that every one of us is that person.”

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone, will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
- Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh -

This retreat is open to everyone 18 years old and above from any background, having the aspiration to practice mindfulness, meditation, loving kindness and being joyfully together. It is suitable for experienced practitioners as well as for beginners.

English and German.

This Simple program will help you to rest in the present moment.

06h15 Mindful Movements
06h45 Sitting Meditation (silent/guided)
07h30 Breakfast
09h00 Practice Input/Tea meditation
11h15 Walking Meditation
12h15 Mindful Lunch
15h00 Circle Sharing/workshop
17h00 personal time/Sport
18h00 Dinner
20h00 Various Meditation (Sitting Meditation, slow walking Meditation, Fruit Meditation, Touching of the Earth, etc.)
21h30 Noble Silence

In addition to the payment to EIAB (for board and lodging), we humbly ask for a donation (suggestion) of 50 Eur to 120 Eur. You can donate online or cash during the retreat. You can donate less or more than the suggestion, according to your financial condition.

The checklist "what to bring" and Transportation will be informed after registration. You may find some information in the registration information below.

(NOTE: All of our programs embrace the nature of impermanence, if the condition is not sufficient the elements of the retreat may be adjusted, be rescheduled or be canceled)

Before booking the course, please kindly read thoroughly the registration procedures, policies and prices at the following link:
Registration Details

Alexander Böckmann

Alexander Böckmann

Alexander first came to the monastery in Plum Village in 2012. There he received the five mindfulness exercises and was given the name: Beginners Mind of the Heart (Tam Ban Dau).
After graduation, he moved back to Plum Village, where he found a home as a long-term guest for a year and a half.
Since then he has supported the Sangha at numerous retreats in France and Germany....