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Boas, Ants and Laughing Buddhas

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Boas, Ants and Laughing Buddhas
Dear Friends,
The hidden mountain quickens with life—the rosy boa making an appearance along with a giant ant. We enjoyed deeply the monastic retreat here at Deer Park, listening to talks filled with laughter and lightness from our elder brothers and sisters, taking mindful steps on new paths, and creating art and cooking food together.
Now we’re preparing to host the Wake Up Earth Online Retreat, from May 26 – 30. Why not invite the young person dear to you to join?
As the last moon of spring begins to wax, we offer to you inspiration for your daily practice and contemplation. Thay’s poem Message rekindles hope of a revitalized spring of understanding even in an encounter with death. Sara Henry recounts how she grew and flourished before the pandemic as a long-term guest at Clarity Hamlet. Brother Phap Chung teaches us how to touch the Buddha nature in us in the presence of a Buddha statue by getting in touch with the virtues and actions of bodhisattvas.
In this week’s short teaching from Thay in 2011 we learn that by seeing ourselves as empty of a separate self we get in touch with the fullness of the whole cosmos within.
This is a legendary moment. Please enjoy it with a loved one near you.
In joy and gratitude,
The Monks and Nuns of Deer Park Monastery

Wake Up Earth Online Retreat
Rosy Boa Near the Gatehouse
Message
Giant Ant Foraging in Clarity
The Buddha Statue Reminds Us to be Compassionate
Invoking the Bodhisattvas’ Names
To Be Means To Inter-Be
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