Meditation group meets monthly

New meditation groups meets in Ashcroft on the last Friday of each month

This past August, Lois Petty, Jean Huba and I attended a week-long retreat with renowned Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. The retreat was held at UBC with nearly 1000 practicing Buddhists.

The setting was exquisite, the teaching sublime and the experience was life-changing.

Upon re-entry into our “normal” lives back in Ashcroft, we found people were interested in our experience and the knowledge we had gained while attending.  So we gathered one evening with friends to try and describe the experience of being immersed in teachings and different meditation practices for a whole week with Thich Nhat Hanh, age 86, and the monks and nuns he brought from Plum Village.

Plum Village is a monastery where Thay, as he is called by his devotees, settled in France after many harrowing and traumatic life occurrences. The monastery has grown and several other monasteries have been founded in other countries, including the US.

One of the treasures of the retreat for we three was the experience of group meditation. Remember there were nearly 1000 of us gathered together, all with the same intention of being in the Presence of the Universal Energy, the Source, God or whatever you want to call It. To experience something like that is life-altering. And the people with whom we spoke wanted to experience it, too.

So we gathered together in St Alban’s Hall meeting room and spent some time learning about meditation and then practicing it together. It was a rich experience.

From that, a group decision was made to gather together the last Friday of each month for further learning and practice. We have DVDs and CDs of Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks at the retreat as well as many of his books; the primary intention of gathering is to sit in meditation together.

This is YOUR official invitation to attend the Plum Village Group Meditation Practice, to learn about and practice group meditation. We meet the last Friday of each month at 7 pm at St Alban’s Anglican Church Hall meeting room and we welcome your curiosity and participation.

Our next gathering is this Friday, Nov 25, at 501 Brink St. – we meet after the Boy Scouts finish their group. If you want more information ahead of time, you can call Lois, Jean or me and we will be happy to talk with you. Hoping to see you there.

Martina Baier

Just Posted

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

The Desert Daze Music Festival is doggone good fun, as shown in this photo from the 2019 festival, and it will be back in Spences Bridge this September. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
‘Best Little Fest in the West’ returning to Spences Bridge

Belated 10th anniversary Desert Daze festival going ahead with music, vendors, workshops, and more

Internet speed graphic, no date. Photo credit: Pixabay
Study asks for public input to show actual Internet speeds in BC communities

Federal maps showing Internet speeds might be inflated, so communities lose out on faster Internet

Fireworks are among the things now banned throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, as the weather heats up and a dry summer looms. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Category 2 and 3 open fires, fireworks now banned in Kamloops Fire Centre

Ban on certain types of fires and fire activities in place until Oct. 15

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

A 50-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle Tuesday, June 15, crashing through a West Vancouver school fence that surrounds playing children. (West Vancouver Police)
Driver ticketed for speeding near B.C. school crashes into playground fence days later

‘It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was injured,’ says Const. Kevin Goodmurphy

Dr. Réka Gustafson, who is British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on April 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. public health officials prepare to manage COVID-19 differently in the future

Flu-like? Health officials anticipate shift from pandemic to communicable disease control strategies

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Camper the dog was found Wednesday night by someone walking their own dog along Hollywood Crescent. She had gone missing after a violent attack on June 11. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Camper the dog found safe after fleeing violent van attack in Victoria

Young dog was missing for almost a week after incident

Most Read