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K2121-1: [Online] LOOKING DEEPLY AT OUR EUROPEAN HERITAGE - Healing, Reconciliation and Love in Action -

29.05.2021 - 02.06.2021

The retreat will be led by Sr. Bi Nghiem, Sr. Tam Muoi and members of the Intersein Order Aurelia Ellett, Jassy Denison and Anthony Leete.

"What happens in the world also happens in ourselves and vice versa. When we see this clearly, we cannot avoid taking a stand or taking action." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
In the second of the five mindfulness trainings, our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to look deeply into "the suffering that arises from exploitation, social injustice, theft and oppression.”
We have a tendency to see people who are different from us as "others". Historically, this ability to separate humanity into "me and my group" and "the other" has led to discrimination, violence, oppression and war. People in Europe have our own special work to do to heal and reconcile, for the past and the present.
This retreat is for those of European descent who identify as part of the majority of the country in which they live. We will practice looking deeply into our conditioning and unconscious biases. Together online we will practice guided and silent meditation, dharma sharing, and touching the earth to heal ourselves and our ancestors.
We will be holding daily online interactive workshop sessions to delve deeper into our own personal stories. To see how the seeds of discrimination were planted in our (memory) consciousness, we will look at our experiences from childhood, with family and friends, books, movies, news and other elements from our everyday culture. We ask the participants to take part in all workshop sessions, as they build on each other.
Walking meditation, journaling exercises and generous breaks for meals and refreshments will all be offline.
By realizing the roots of discrimination within ourselves, we will learn how to act mindfully and effectively for change. We will explore individual and collective practices that will support us on our way forward.
During this retreat, while we practice staying present to challenging material, we will also learn ways how not to get stuck in guilt or shame, how to cultivate our joy, and how to strengthen our beautiful aspirations and our determination to build community
This retreat is intended for those who are already familiar with the practice of the Plum Village tradition and who have already participated in at least one retreat in a Plum Village practice center. It is intended for practitioners of European descent who identify as white and are in the majority of the country in which they live.

Schedule: Programm: https://www.eiab.eu/lw_resource/datapool/systemfiles/elements/files/e4c60ce8-b23c-11eb-9b79-02db003291bd/live/document/K2121.pdf

Email-Registration: https://online.plumvillage.org/p/white-awareness
Course-fee: 140 € (Discount is possible on request)
Places are limited so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

Sister Bi Nghiem

Schwester Bi Nghiem

Sister Bi Nghiem, Adorment with compassion, was born and raised in Germany. She is a professional librarian and studied French and Italian literature in Montreal, Canada. She was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1998 and became a Dharma Teacher in 2006. Her special interest is interfaith dialogue....