Omaha Yoga Path Post
Coming Together to Begin Anew
The Honey Locust Sangha
Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 15
Although the Beginning Anew practice is usually used to prevent misunderstandings in relationships, or to support and maintain happy relationships, or to heal hurting relationships, in this retreat we’ll use the 4 part practice to look within ourselves.
Thay says, “Beginning Anew is to change your mind and heart, to transform the ignorance that brought about wrong actions of body, speech, and mind, and to help you cultivate your mind of love.”
That’s our focus for this retreat: Using the Beginning Anew practice to renew, refresh and restore our personal practice; to explore how we can change our mind and heart, how we can transform our ignorance and cultivate a mind of love.
Sr. Terry was ordained as a Dharmacharya in 2012.
Terry has offered Dharma talks at meditation and mindfulness retreats and workshops.
Terry is happily married to Gustavo Cortez-Vega and they live in the country with horses, chickens, too many cats, a fat polka-dot pig, a rabbit, two dogs, and various wild critters.
Thursday – Sunday $275
Friday – Sunday $215
Due to safety concerns all rooms will be single occupancy except for
couples and close friends who have agreed to share a room.
Includes meals, dana(teacher donation), room costs, and dharma hall fees
Suggested donation of $50 for dana to the teacher.
Retreat attendance will be limited
to 40 in person participants.
Online access for dharma talks and meditation sessions
will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.
All attendees must register.
Proof of COVID vaccinations will be verified at check-in.
The Six Mantras
June 16, 2012. 99-minute dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh from Upper Hamlet in Plum Village during the 21-Day Retreat with the theme The Science of the Buddha. The talk is given in English and this is the eleventh dharma talk (of 15). The podcast is available at this link.
1. Darling, I am here for you.
2. Darling, I know you are there and it makes me happy.
3. Darling, I know you suffer.
4. Darling, I suffer, please help.
5. This is a Happy Moment.
6. Darling, you are partly right.
The last one is new and for when someone congratulates or criticizes you.
In June of this year, a 21 day Mindfulness retreat was hosted at Plum Village in France for scientists throughout the world, taught by the Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. At this retreat Thay explained the connection between the five mental formations and the neural pathways in the brain. He describes how, with the practice of mindfulness, we can erase the neural pathways that lead to suffering and open new paths that lead understanding and happiness.
From this came an article by Paul Tingen call Using Mindfulness to Rewire the Brain.We’re reading this article at the end of classes at the Yoga Path to foster a practice of tapa/discipline (the third niyama),. We are striving to do things in our lives that strengthen well-being and thus allowing us to be strong enough to mindfully embrace and transform the suffering in our life. The link to this article is below.