Dear Mystic Friends (new and returning!),
We are happy to meet at the Trappist Abbey for a day of practice on Saturday, July
22nd. We’re excited to offer our focus for the day on “Cultivating Our True Home.”
Together we’ll explore key practices that connect us with our true nature, one that is
not separate from the ultimate and the divine.
As usual, we’ll gather in the lower level of Bethany House at 8:30 A.M. for check in
and orientation. The morning will include sitting and indoor walking meditation,
followed by a break and time for Dharma Dialogue. This will be followed by outdoor
walking meditation on some of our favorite trails. Please bring your own lunch and
drinks for the day which we will enjoy together as a silent meal, and bring
appropriate clothing for outdoor walking meditation, as well as any blankets or
special cushions for meditation. Please also bring materials for journaling and
reflection. We are invited to attend the monks chant at 12:30. We will end the day
with deep relaxation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma Sharing and a closing
circle. We plan to clean up and leave the Abbey by 4:00 PM.
We look forward to seeing you and we see this gathering as a way to develop our
intention to look deeply at the interbeing nature of all and how we develop mystic
practice as a foundation for being engaged in the world.
“Today, the United States is a divided country, one of many countries experiencing
bitter, deep, and seemingly insurmountable division. At the core of Nhat Hanh’s
teachings about mindfulness is non-duality (interbeing): as peace flowers in your
heart, so it flowers in the universe. As the Beloved Community is repaired, built, and
manifested in your consciousness, so is it healed for all beings.” — Marcus Andrus,
“Brothers in the Beloved Community: The Friendship of Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin
Together we will look deeply at the path of mystic which includes unconditional love
for all beings. With this awareness, we will find the resources and resilience to
emerge from what divides us. How do we create connection rather than division and
cultivate love instead of fear?
Please Note: All are welcome to attend these Saturdays, (both new and returning
Mystics), but pre-registration is required by e-mailing John at:
email@example.com. After pre-registering, you will receive a response
notifying you whether there is space for you to attend that particular Saturday or
We look forward to your participation and together we will find both refuge and
With love and gratitude,
Jerry Braza, (he, him) True Great Response
John Wadsworth, (he, him) True Land of Fortunes
Dana is the practice of generosity, and your support is appreciated!