October

Opportunities for regular practice

Sitting meditation

Upcoming Sits

October 6th, 20th

Congratulations to one of Happy Heart’s bell masters, Alda Ngo

In August, she travelled with her family to Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi for a family retreat, where Alda was Ordained into the Order of Interbeing.

The Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien in Vietnamese, is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, a distillation of the Bodhisattva (Enlightened Being) teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Established by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon in 1966, the Order of Interbeing was founded in the Linji tradition of Buddhist meditative practice and emphasizes the Four Spirits: non-attachment from views, direct experimentation on the nature of interdependent origination through meditation, appropriateness, and skilful means.

Alda shares that as an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, she makes a formal commitment to practise in the Plum Village Tradition and as a continuation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage. She humbly offers her commitment to do her best to practise, guided by the 14 Mindfulness Trainings. As an ordinee, she offers her Practice in service to all those around her and aspires to continue her Engaged Buddhist Practice, with her life as a lay person being her Monastery.

Congratulations Alda, we look forward to continue sharing and growing our practice with you!

Retreat Opportunities

Compassionate Presence – Adrianne Ross
October 25-27th, Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon
Hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Solid as a Mountain: Mindfulness Retreat – Alexa Singer-Telles
November 8-10th, FCJ Centre, Calgary
Hosted by the Wild Rose Sangha

Metta Meditation Retreat – Anne Mahoney
November 21st-24th, Mt. St. Francis Retreat Centre, Cochrane, AB

Inspiration

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” -Thich Nhat Hahn-

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