On September 15th, we formally started our 90-Days Rains’ Retreat with the “Ceremony of Requesting Refuge (Varsavasana)”. The Buddha, our Teacher (Thay) and the Manyfold Sangha of Upper Hamlet, Son Ha, Lower Hamlet and New Hamlet, joined their energies to take the deep vow of helping each other to stop, rest, heal, and reflect over the coming three months.
Rains Retreat: The 90-day Rains Retreat is an annual retreat whose origins date back to the time of the Buddha. It is a time for Buddhist monastics to deepen their studies, practice, heal, and transform. In Plum Village, we also welcome lay friends to join us and participate in the 90-days of practice alongside the monastics. This creates a joyful, community experience, and a time for collective healing and transformation.