It's too late to mail your registration for the days of mindfulness this week, but you still attend! First, sign up on the doodle poll, then complete the registration form and bring it with you with your payment. You can still order a boxed lunch from Eden Alley, too. Details and Registration
Here's the plan for the Mindful Journey with monastic dharma teachers Br. Phap Vu and Br. Phap Uyen (Br. Bear).
- Public Talk, Thursday 6/18 at 7 pm, Charles Filmore Chapel (no registration required)
- FriDAY of Mindfulness, Friday, 6/19, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, Classroom C
- SaturDAY of Mindfulness, Saturday 6/20, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, Classroom C
All events at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112
Enjoy the last part of our interview with Br. Phap Vu
Lay Dharma Teacher and former monk Michael Ciborski suggested we contact you because you were making it a point to reach out to sanghas in the middle of the country. Why have you taken it upon yourself to reach out to us folks in the dharma hinterlands?
Well, there are a few reasons, which for me began with a question. I have been living in the community on the east coast since 2005 and I do not remember one time that the monastics went to offer retreats in the Midwest. We tend to stay around our geographical area. Sometimes we venture out to Florida or Canada or go on a tour in another country or countries. A couple years ago I began to look at where we go to lead retreats and it seemed that we were pretty much going to the same places. With communities in just about every state, why couldn't we go to places we haven't been? Essentially, I just followed my question. Again, the Midwest was just not a region we have been going to. That was the foundational reason but also I was interested in developing a relationship between Blue Cliff and the various lay communities. The vast majority of community members that I had met along the way had never been to the monasteries and had never met a monastic. I think it is important for that connection to be made. Another aspect to this question is a more personal one. My roots are in the Midwest. My father was from Wisconsin, my mother from Iowa (both have passed) and I was born and spent my early childhood in Chicago. My family migrated to Southern California when I was young. I think perhaps another reason is that I enjoy traveling and visiting and it gets me out of the monastery now and then.