October 22, 2016
On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Dong Hung Temple completed its 2016 English language retreat schedule by hosting “A Fall Day with the Sangha.” Twenty two people spent all or part of the day with us as we spent time in meditation, dharma discussion and enjoyed another wonderful silent lunch featuring Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine.
The Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh presided at the retreat. He made the following comments and observations during the day:
- Stress relief is an important aspect of life. Trees prepare for the stresses of winter by letting go of their leaves. We need to let go of things that cause stress for us so we can survive our “winters”.
- The concept of interbeing is important. We need to live our lives every day understanding how we are part of the interbeing of the universe.
- Buddhism is hard for someone who does not or cannot believe in themselves. Some people who cannot believe in themselves will turn to god or deity worship for relief.
- The Buddha taught two things: suffering and the way to the end of suffering.
- We should practice every day. The rewards of practice might not be evident right away, or even in this lifetime, but they will be realized eventually.
- With respect to resolving conflict, we have a relationship with every situation we encounter. Develop practice to know how to interact in a given situation.
Stephanie an afternoon dharma talk titled “Using the Expressive Arts to get Closer to the Dharma.” Her presentation was well received and created good discussion. Included in her talking points were the ideas:
- Clinging to something you love can actually hurt that thing. Sometimes love means having to let something go.
- Your absence or your presence in a relationship can mean different things or the same thing.
- There cannot be creation without destruction. This is another way to state cause and effect.
The afternoon entertainment was provided by Kyle and Janie, who performed their arrangements of several classic songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder and the Beatles.
During the tea service and feedback session, it was agreed that we will continue the retreats in 2017.
By Aryan Mark