Saturday, September 4, 2010

Peace is Every Step

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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, his disciple called him Thay means teacher in Vietnamese, one of the highly respected Zen master in the 20th century, Thay lives in Plum Village Meditation Center, France. He spent most of the time teaching the art of mindful living to Western and Eastern communities. Art of mindful living is a method to guide us out of the ocean of suffering. Throughout our journey of life, we have experienced anger, sadness, disappointment, conflict, dispute with others which turn our mind to a endless neverending battlefield. When practiced mindfulness in our daily life, it helps us to bring peace and joy to many people. Thay has been very intelligent at integrating practices from various traditions of Zen also the method from Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism method wisdom, and Western psychology. This combination that produces a practical method in daily activities with full attention to consciousness.

Living in awareness make life real, makes us fully present with them that are in us. We also always there while we're doing things. Applied the mindful living in our daily routines at home, such as walking, sitting, working, eating, and so forth. We practice to be aware of what we are doing. In addition to practicing as an individual, practicing as a community to make the atmosphere became so cheerful, relaxed and steady. Every person becomes a bell of awareness for other companions. Remind each other and support each other along the way the practice, remember to always live in the present moment. The past is gone, and the future has not yet arrived, only the present moment which is a miracle of life. Living in this atmosphere, we have become a beautiful member of the community. We will be skilled to work in a continuous process of building a refuge for many beings.

The presence of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in the activity entitled "Peace is Every Step" Creating Peace in Every Step is bringing benefits. Through a series of activities that will be led by Him, Buddhism Indonesia experienced momentum of rising of the second phase, after Buddhism was bring back to alive in Indonesia by the late Venerable Ashin Jinnarakhita. The two great figures of the Buddhist religion has the same vision of bringing Buddhism to life, universal, free from the sectarianism, bring out the spirit and the essence of Buddhism. The presence of Plum Village Sangha members who always live together in harmony will become a model for Buddhists in Indonesia. And most importantly, Indonesian Buddhists feel the direct benefits of living in peace, joy and harmony. In addition, Indonesian society became increasingly sympathetic towards Buddhism which is a religion of peace, radiate the spirit of non sectarian, and universal.

Peace Walk will be conducted at the Borobudur Temple is one of the historic sites of Buddhism and is the pride of the Indonesian. Peace Walk will be held on October 7, 2010 followed by the monastic and lay friends. After the Peace Walk we will listen to the Dharma Talk by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in the courtyard of the Borobudur Temple.

Map of Borobudur [JPEG Version]

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