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New Meetup: Fall Retreat: Living Life Where Life is Lived: Coming Home to the Present Moment

From: Diana
Sent on: Sunday, October 3, 2010 3:50 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston!

What: Fall Retreat: Living Life Where Life is Lived: Coming Home to the Present Moment

When: Friday, October 22,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $210.00 per person

Where: Heartland Country Inn
9402 Palestine Road
Brenham, TX 77833

Registration form

Living Life Where Life is Lived: Coming Home to the Moment, Oneself, One?s People and the Earth
A Mindfulness Retreat with Brother Michael Ciborski

When: Friday, October 22, 2009 - Sunday, October 24, 2010.

Where:Heartland Country Inn, Brenham, TX


In our daily life, we are often lost in the complex task of sorting out who we are and what is best for us in this busy, complicated and fast-paced society. We have many relationships and all of them need our attention. We have many responsibilities to ourselves and commitments to others that we are trying to manage and maintain. Sometimes when the pieces all fit, we think we ?have it together?, but most of the time we are struggling with dispersion and feel lost in our attempts to live peacefully and happily.

Mindfulness is the awareness of what is unfolding in each moment of life. By nature, it is unbiased and renders no judgment of right or wrong, better or worse, self or other. It is to be present and to ?see? things as they are. Seeing things as they are, we are able to speak and act appropriately to foster understanding and well-being.

Practicing mindfulness means to come home to life, and when we do, we discover that life has so much to offer. True happiness, meaning and fulfillment are found by being in deep relationship with all that is inside and around us ? by being refreshed and healed through joyful celebration, by being clear and open in the midst of mourning and pain. Being aware and in relationship to what is actually going on, we are not pushed or pulled this way and that, by stress, worry, fear and suffering.

Mindfulness gives us the opportunity to practice accepting and embracing our suffering, and whether or not we have wealth, recognition, success and material security,we have deep happiness and fulfillment.

Retreat Format

This residential retreat is designed for both beginning and experienced practitioners. It will center on periods of sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talks by our teacher. There will be small-group Dharma discussions and active, mindful work practice . Periods of silence will deepen and enrich the experience.


The Heartland Country Inn is a spacious retreat/meeting center north of Brenham, Texas. Vegetarian meals are included in the price of the retreat, beginning with dinner Friday evening.


The Buddhist teachings are considered priceless, and teachers do not charge for their services. Dana is the practice of giving. It manifests the fundamental interconnectedness of life and is a way for us to support the life and work of the teacher. At the retreat there will be an opportunity to make a donation to Michael. For normally employed people, $80-120 is suggested.


Check-in will be from 4:00 ? 6:00 pm on Friday, October 22. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday.


$210 per person for registration with full payment by Sep. 10.

$235 per person thereafter

- a non-refundable deposit of $75 will hold your reservation

- refunds of full payments (less $75) will be granted until Oct. 12


Partial scholarships may be available. Our ability to offer scholarships depends on donations to the scholarship fund.

Questions/Contact [address removed]

Registration form

Please send the registration form and your check made out to Mindfulness Practice Community of Houston (MPCH), 1131 Jerome St., Houston, TX 77009.

About the Teacher

Michael is a lineage holding Dharma teacher in the tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. (Michael?s Dharma name is Chan Trung Dao, True Middle Way.) He lived as a monk for seven years in Plum Village, France, and has worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support and offer meditation retreats around the world. Michael has been described as, ?A very human and delightful teacher of profound presence?, and as ?An articulate teacher in both word and action?. A skilled musician, he studied voice training and chanting of several European and Asian traditions and served for several years as an English language chant master in the monastery. He lives now in New Hampshire with his wife and children and is working to create a mindfulness practice community and education center for sustainable living.

Heartland Country Inn

Heartland is located on 158 acres perched atop a hill overlooking a view of the rolling countryside just north of Brenham, Texas. There are eleven large houses (each with kitchen and dining area) and two chapels. Each bedroom contains one to six comfortable beds, with private or shared bath. For this retreat, we will have the dedicated use of one house and one chapel.

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