When you look at an orange tree, you see that the orange tree is producing beautiful green leaves, fragrant orange blossoms, and sweet oranges. Those are the things an orange tree has to offer to the world. A human being is like that too. In her daily life she produces thoughts, speech, and actions. Our thoughts may be beautiful, compassionate, and loving. Our speech may also be compassionate, inspiring, full of love and understanding. And our actions may also be compassionate, protecting, healing, and supporting others and ourselves. Looking deeply in the present moment we can see that we're producing thoughts, speech, and actions. In the Buddhist tradition, our thoughts, our speech and our actions are our true continuation. -- by Thich Nhat Hanh from Answers from the Heart
This is our annual retreat for Order of Interbeing members and formal OI aspirants. The Order of Interbeing is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. This five-day retreat is a chance for OI members and aspirants, both monastic and lay, to strengthen our practice, deepen our connection as a community, and explore ways to nurture and strengthen our aspiration to live beautifully and mindfully in the spirit of togetherness.
Note: An aspirant must have already begun his or her aspirancy and must have a current OI mentor who is an ordained Dharma teacher.
The Four Principles of the Order of Interbeing, a dharma talk by Br. Phap Dung, 9-30-2018 on the genesis of the Order and the Four Pillars.