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

27.05.2021 - 03.06.2021

The retreat will be led by Sr Bi Nghiem, Sr Dao Nghiem, Sr Tam Muoi and Order of Interbeing members Aurelia Ellett, Jassy Denison and Anthony Leete, along with other Sangha members who have been doing this work together as a group, over the past two years.

“What is going on in the world is also what is going on in ourselves and vice versa. Once we see this clearly, we cannot fail to take a stand or to act”. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

In the second of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to look deeply into and relieve the "suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression."

We each have an inbuilt tendency to see people different from ourselves as “other.” Historically, this capacity to separate humanity into “me and my group” and “the other(s)” has led to discrimination, violence, oppression and war. European people have our own particular work to do, to heal and reconcile these sufferings, past and present.
During this retreat, intended for those of European ancestry, who identify as part of the majority of the country they live in, we will practice deep looking into the conditioning and unconscious biases that each one of us has, through the practices of guided and silent meditation, walking meditation, Dharma sharing and Touching the Earth to heal ourselves and our ancestors.
We will also have daily interactive workshop sessions to go more deeply into our own personal stories, to see how the seeds of discrimination were planted in our (store) consciousness, looking at our experiences from childhood, with family and friends, books, films, news and other elements from our everyday culture. We kindly ask the participants to attend all the workshop sessions as they build on each other.
Each sharing group will include monastics and/or experienced lay Plum Village practitioners to create safe spaces to share and listen from the heart.
By identifying the roots of discrimination in ourselves, we will learn how to take mindful and effective action to transform them. We will explore individual and collective practices to support us on our continuing journey.
Throughout this retreat, although we will be practicing staying present for challenging material, we will also be learning ways how not to get stuck in guilt or shame, how to cultivate our joy, and how to strengthen our beautiful aspirations and determination to build community.
Practicing together, we will be empowered to discover that deep looking can be done in a spirit of love, joy and community, leading to our own liberation and the capacity to practice inclusivity for all people.

This retreat is intended for those who are already familiar with Plum Village tradition practice and who have already participated in at least one retreat at a Plum Village practice centre. It is intended for practitioners of European ancestry, who identify as White and part of the majority of the country they live in.

1. Applying for a reduction is possible. If you are currently facing financial hardship please email the registration office of eiab at register@eiab.eu to request a partial scholarship.
2. If Covid restrictions prevent the EIAB from hosting this retreat live, it will be offered online.
3. Due to Covid restrictions and the wish to ensure smaller sharing and workshop groups, places on this retreat are limited. Please register soon to reserve your place.

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....



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