California Events

The 5 Powers Film Screening & Discussion 
October 9 | Stanford University’s Cubberley Auditorium, Palo Alto

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 comic book The Montgomery Story, which informed and influenced a civil rights movement, the animated film The 5 Powers tells the story of three inspiring individuals who used the power of mindfulness for peace during the turbulent Vietnam War. We learn about our main character’s journey towards mastery of the five powers through the experiences of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, and their friends Alfred Hassler and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Please join CCARE, Stanford Storytelling Project, and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s international community of monks and nuns for a special screening and discussion of The 5 Powers on Friday, October 9 at 6:30pm at Stanford University’s Cubberley Auditorium. Learn how to access the power of mindfulness to effect change within oneself and the world.

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Afternoon of Mindfulness – Touching the Present Moment
October 10 | The Nourse, San Francisco

Join us for a talk entitled Touching the Present Moment by the senior monastics of Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. The program includes a guided meditation, chanting, a teaching on mindfulness and questions and answers. The monastic teachers will be Brother Phap Hai and Sister The Nghiem.

Brother Thay Phap HaiBrother Phap Hai (Dharma Ocean), is a senior monastic disciple of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh who was ordained as a monk in 1997 and was formally authorized to teach in January 2003. He is an active Dharma teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness and talks throughout the western United States, Australia, South America and Asia. Brother Phap Hai has the ability to offer a charming blend of ancient wisdom, Dharma scholarship, and contemporary applications, sharing deep teachings in a warm, accessible and humorous manner. His first book, “Nothing To It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself” has just been published by Parallax Press.

Sister The NghiemSister The Nghiem (True Vow), currently the abbess of White Crane Hamlet at Blue Cliff Monastery, is a second-generation Vietnamese-American who grew up in Pennsylvania. She is one of the pioneers of Blue Cliff Monastery, helping to guide its transformation from a family holiday resort into a mindfulness practice center. As a musician, she has composed several chants and songs since becoming a nun. She has a deep interest in Buddhist psychology and its connection with Western psychology, merging the two to help people heal and touch their fullest potential.

The event starts at 3:30pm, doors open at 3:00pm. The Nourse is located at 275 Hayes Street in San Francisco, California

  • Tickets are $25, reserved seating
  • In person at The City Box Office,180 Redwood St, Suite 100
    San Francisco, CA 94102 ($1 service fee)
  • Online at The City Box Office ($2.75 service fee)
  • Telephone at (415) 392-4400 ($2.75 service fee)
  • Day of Event at The Nourse (no fee)

 


Mindfulness Retreat for Software Developers and Designers
October 11 – 16 | Mercy Center, Burlingame

Breathe and smile with like-minded techies and help manifest Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision of a Plum Village mindfulness app. This retreat will be an opportunity for a team of app developers, designers, project managers, and experienced practitioners to be together with an international delegation of monastics in the Plum Village tradition. See how to merge work and practice with other like-minded people. The retreat may include mindful work opportunities such as coding and designing mindfulness apps.

The residential retreat will take place right in the heart of the Bay Area, only 10-minutes from San Francisco Airport and a 5-minute taxi ride from BART. The Mercy Center is located at 2300 Adeline Dr in Burlingame CA 94010. Registration includes tuition plus lodging in basic, single occupancy room, and simple vegetarian meals. Arrival day is Sunday, October 11 at 3pm and concludes at 12pm on Friday, October 16.

Registration Open 

 


Afternoon of Mindfulness – Touching the Present Moment
October 24 | Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles

Join us for a talk entitled Touching the Present Moment by the senior monastics of Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. The program includes a guided meditation, chanting, a teaching on mindfulness and questions and answers. The monastic teachers will be Brother Phap Dang and Sister Tue Nghiem.

Thay Phap Dang

Chan Phap Dang is one of three monastics first ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1990. Born in Vietnam, he and his family fled after the war, eventually settling in the United States. The former abbot of Maple Forest Monastery in Vermont, Brother Phap Dang now lives at Plum Village Monastery in France. As a senior Dharma teacher, he now trains other monastics at Plum Village and leads the community’s daily practice. He is the author of several books in Vietnamese on the subject of meditation and transformation.

 

 

Sr. InsightSister Tue Nghiem (Sister Insight) has been a nun for 22 years since her ordination in 1993. After studying psychology at the University of California, Davis, she visited Plum Village Monastery where she learned not only about Buddhist psychology from Thich Nhat Hanh, but also mindfulness practices to look deeply within herself for more awareness and insight. Ordained as a Dharma teacher since 1999, she has been leading mindfulness retreats around the world helping people to practice waking up to their own beauty and capacity as well as to the beauty surrounding them.

 

The event starts at 3:30pm, doors open at 3:00pm. The Wilshire Ebell Theatre is located at 4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

 


Mindfulness Retreat in English – Breathe, It’ll Be Okay!
October 27 – November 1 | Deer Park Monastery

This English retreat, with the theme Breathe, It’ll Be Okay!, will be led by Thich Nhat Hanh’s community of monks and nuns. The event provides an opportunity to learn the art of mindfulness, to deepen your mindfulness training, and to taste the joy and peace of practicing as a community.

The retreat is open to all, including beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17) and children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the retreat under the care of their parent. Retreat Info Sheet.

We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic origin, race, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Contributions are per person and include food, lodging, and tuition. Options include 3-person dorm, 6-person dorm, 13-person dorm, tent, and commuter.

Register Online Now 

 


Day of Mindfulness in English
November 1 |  Deer Park Monastery

Join us for a free day of mindfulness on 400-acres in the glorious chaparral mountains of Southern California. We invite you to come experience the miracle of mindfulness for yourself.

No pre-registration required

 


Mindfulness Retreat in Vietnamese – Tập Thói Quen Sống Hạnh Phúc
November 4 – 8 | Deer Park Monastery

This Vietnamese retreat, with the theme: Tập Thói Quen Sống Hạnh Phúc, will be led by Thich Nhat Hanh’s community of monks and nuns. The event provides an opportunity to learn the art of mindfulness, to deepen your mindfulness training, and to taste the joy and peace of practicing as a community.

The retreat is open to beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17) and children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the program under the care of their parent. (Retreat Info Sheet/Bản thông tin về khóa tu

This retreat is open to all persons of Vietnamese origin. For Vietnamese-Americans who are not fluent in Vietnamese, translation will be provided. For those who are not of Vietnamese origin, please register for the English speaking retreat. Thank you for your understanding.

Contributions are per person and include food, lodging, and tuition.

Register online  or use the downloadable registration form: Phiếu Ghi Danh


Day of Mindfulness in Vietnamese
November 8 | Deer Park Monastery

Join us for a free day of mindfulness in Vietnamese on 400-acres in the glorious chaparral mountains of Southern California. We invite you to come experience the miracle of mindfulness for yourself.

No Registration Required

 

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