Plum Village is dedicated to creating an environment in which healing, understanding, happiness, and peace can blossom and grow. The brothers and sisters of Plum Village have a particular interest in listening to the people of the Middle East and sharing mindful practices with them. As part of this aspiration, in March 2019 Brother Phap Lai, Sister Luc Nghiem, Sister Mai Lam and Brother Duc Pho travelled to Palestine. In August, thanks to the generosity of our donors, Plum Village helped 16 young people from the Middle East attend our Wake Up Retreat.
The Visit to the Middle East
During their journey to the Middle East, the monastics from Plum Village hosted a multiple-day retreat and single days of mindfulness in natural surroundings. They sat with local sanghas and conducted events open to the public. They met with local peace groups, as well as students, teachers, artists, businessmen, environmentalists, and refugees, with the intention of listening, learning, and sharing mindful practices that might help these people of a region that has endured conflict for more than 70 years. The goal was to water the seeds of peace, equanimity, and happiness.
Coming to Plum Village
The invitation to young people from the Middle East to join the Wake Up Retreat, was designed to nurture a community of mindful listening, peaceful meditation, compassion, and healing. This summer, the brothers, sisters, and lay volunteers of Plum Village found these young people eager to meet together and discover new ways of seeing and dealing with their world.
One participant in this year’s Wake Up Retreat later wrote us:
A Final Note on Plum Village’s Efforts in the Middle East
Plum Village’s work in the Middle East can only happen with the support of our friends and family. More than half of the young people who came to the Wake Up Retreat received financial aid provided by generous donors to help cover their travel costs, including not only airfare, but also such things as visas and border taxes. If you would like to support Plum Village’s efforts in the Middle East please visit our donation page. Our deepest thanks go out to you.