Original Fear and Original Desire Retreat

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Date(s): Apr. 27, 2018 - Apr. 29, 2018
Language: English, Dutch

Vriendenhuis Nooitgedacht, Tricht, The Netherlands

Original Fear and Original Desire

Two sisters from Plum Village come to Vriendenhuis Nooitgedacht to lead this retreat, to practice stopping with us and look deeply into our Original Fear and Original Desire.
Original Fear and Original Desire is our human condition. We are afraid to not get something and we have a desire for that something. We are afraid that we are not loved and we deeply desire love. When our desire is fulfilled we are afraid to lose it.
Sr. Thang Nghiem writes the following about this:
“Even when we are full of joy, there is fear of this joy. We are afraid that the joyful moment will pass, that we will not get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we are not safe.”
Our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches us that the only way to reduce anxiety and to be truly happy is to acknowledge it and to look at its origins. Instead of wanting to escape the fear, we can invite her into our awareness and look at it deeply and clearly. If we can relax in our strong emotions, we do not pass on fear to our children and the generations after us.


Sr. Tao Nghiêm was born in Vietnam, emigrated to France and has been in the monastic community of Plum Village for 9 years. Her favorite practices are the contemplation of the body in the body, compassion and impermanence.
Sr. Thang Nghiêm was born in Vietnam, emigrated to the US and has been in the monastic community of Plum Village for 14 years. Her favorite practice is mindful breathing; “The key that helps me to stop running and to look deeply”.
The Dutch Order of Interbeing members Maria Ruiters and Jorieke Rijsenbilt will be facilitating.


Language: the sisters speak English. Dutch translation is ensured.
For whom: people who are familiar with Buddhist practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, who have participated in a retreat and / or are affiliated with a Sangha are most welcome. And of course the people who are interested in the theme of this weekend: Original Fear and Original Desire.
Location: Vriendenhuis Nooitgedacht, Tricht, the Netherlands
Dates and times: You are welcome from Friday 27 April at 6.30 pm. The program starts at 20.00. We end at 17.00 on Sunday, April 29th.
Cost: € 90.00. Afterwards, Dana is asked for both the location and Plum Village and the sisters (travel expenses).
A reduction rate of € 67.50 is available for students and people in a similar income situation.
The maximum number of participants is 20.