Saturday, August 4, 2018

Day of Mindfulness August 18 2018: with Brother Thay Phap Tri [aka Brother Ivar], at Riverside Church 10:00am-4:00pm

Inspired by the Teachings and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh
invites you to a

Day of Mindfulness
Saturday August 18 🌻 10am to 4pm
The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC,   Room 20T   

With our dear Monastic Brother
Thây Pháp Trí

Building a Statue of Responsibility
Thây, Nhat Hanh, our dearly beloved teacher, while answering questions after his talk at the US Library of Congress in 2003 said, "I think we have to make a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast of America in order to counterbalance (the Statue of) liberty. Because liberty without responsibility is not true liberty. You are not free to destroy.”
Figuratively speaking, as Buddhist practitioners in the Plum Village tradition, how can we help to realize his wish?  Could it be, as a concrete expression of our gratitude to him, that we accept responsibiity for our practice-to ourselves, our families, our community and the world we live in- and fulfill it by becoming a living Statue of Responsibility?  If so, Where would we start ?

Thây Pháp Trí, who some know as Br Ivar, first arrived in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village to test the waters in late 1993,  the shoe fit, and he's been part of the community ever since. 

Thây Pháp Trí, received the robes of a novice monk in 1995, became fully ordained as a Bhikkhu in 1996, receiving the lamp as a Dharma teacher from Thây in 2001, at which time he  was transferred to Deer Park Monastery and practiced there until Blue Cliff Monastery opened in 2007 where he became Abbot  in 2010, a position he held until asking to go on sabbatical in March of 2012. 

He began his extended sabbatical years in Vermont, at the former Maple Forest Monastery. From the very beginning, and with the encouragement of Thay, he invited others to join him.  This has become Rose Apple Society, a contemplative center for self practice, open to all members of all folds of the Sangha,  who upon request, receive permission to come and practice there.

We will enjoy mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditations, eating together in mindfulness, a dharma talk and the opportunity to ask questions of Brother Tri.

Bring: Your own Vegetarian Lunch, & a sweater 🥦 Chairs and Cushions Available 
Please Do Not Wear Fragrances & kindly RSVP to