Thank you to dear Thay, dear Plum Village monastics and all the wonderful volunteers who made Sit in Peace a great success. And thank YOU to those who sat in Trafalgar Square and made HISTORY!
Thay guided thousands of people in meditation. Afterwards, Thay talked about the four mantras, as featured in his book True Love. It was an incredibly powerful and moving talk. In the last fifteen minutes, the Plum Village monastics chanted the name of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, who represents the capacity of awakened understanding and capacity in all of us.
See the pictures here. A film will be released soon.
The team are very busy preparing for the big day! Less than two weeks away and we’re beaming with excitement and joy! Our awesome artistic member of the team, Ethan Pollock, has produced a beautiful banner for the stage – we’ve been sending out loving and positive intentions to the banner!
Yesterday on 17th March, we had a joyful team meeting about Sit in Peace – our last one before the event! This is our message to all of you out there:
“I’ve been interested in Thich Nhat Hanh for a number of years, not just for his peace activism but also because his poem Call Me By My True Names seems to really encapsulate the ethos at the heart of The Forgiveness Project – namely that good and evil exists in us all.” Read more
Wake Up London, a group of young practitioners of the tradition of Thay, are becoming well-known for organising meditation flash mobs in Central London every month. Before Sit in Peace, the young practitioners are planning a meditation flash mob in Soho Square Garden on March 10th, to join in with an international annual event ‘The Moment of Peace’.
The Moment of Peace event aims to unite millions of people around the globe in meditation, prayer and mindful silent sitting.
It is based on a simple idea:
‘That a single person being mindful and silent
can create peace for all humanity.
That single person is you!’
Join Londoners and thousands of people in over 300 cities around the globe for an hour of silence on March 10th. Let’s spread true peace to London before Thay’s visit!
RSVP to the Facebook event here and spread the word!
Peace Sounds is a music album lovingly put together by Wake Up London & Friends.
The album is a mixture of songs recorded over the past five months by Wake Up London, a group of young practitioners of Thay’s tradition, as well as songs contributed by their wonderfully talented friends.
Together, we bring to life an album that celebrates peace within us and around us, in the here and now.
You can listen and download via Bandcamp
By supporting The Community of Interbeing UK, we will help them continue to promote and facilitate the practice of mindfulness in the UK, by hosting future talks and retreats, and supporting local practice groups.
Here’s one review so far:
“Joyful, gentle, and barely an octave above a whisper, the dozen tracks on Peace Sounds certainly live up to the album’s title. Ostensibly a musical celebration of a visionary individual once nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize, Peace Sounds is a fine collection in its own right for anyone seeking an hour’s escape from the sound and fury of the everyday rush.” – Lee Durbin
Please send in your reviews to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Sit in Peace is not only happening in London….
People around the world are being inspired to organize an event to coincide with ours. We’ll soon be posting details of events happening around the UK and the world…
But in the mean time, do you feel inspired to bring people together and Sit in Peace?
Imagine, people of all backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and religions uniting together around the world, being peace, spreading peace, celebrating peace…
Email us at email@example.com to let us know your event.
And please remember, we are not sitting for peace…sitting is peace.
Watch this beautiful film of hundreds of people gathered together for meditation in Trafalgar Square in June 2011, organised by Wake Up London, a group of young practitioners of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. As you watch, you will hear the gentle voice of Thich Nhat Hanh and soothing singing voice of monk Phap Niem, from the track End of Suffering.
“It was simple to be impelled along on that sudden wave and to just sit down among the throng. And a deep silence immediately arose. I was astonished. There was a sense of naturalness and openness. The steady sound of the water in the two fountains, the grumble of traffic masked behind them, and a light hither and thither breeze. It felt not so much a comment on mad commercial London but more a coexistence with it – unifying in its effect rather than polarising.” – Naseem Khan, Guardian journalist
No-one knew that a Guardian journalist was among the crowd of meditators that day, so finding a report about the meditation flash mob on The Guardian’s website was a delightful surprise! Read the article called “I was wrong about the Trafalgar Square flash mob” here.
Breathing in … I am present … breathing out … I am at peace …
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Sit in Peace blog for London. We hope we can all join together on Saturday 31st March for a lifetime’s opportunity to sit peacefully with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh – one of the most influential Zen Buddhists alongside the Dalai Lama.
We live in a day and age where there is rush, anxiety and pressure to reach our desired destination. But where is it that we are really going to? What does our journey really mean? And what do we miss when we move with such desperate speed, instead of walking with mindful steps and savouring all that passes us by?
Despite the various journeys that we follow, the different directions that we take, at the heart of every human being is the need for peace. And sometimes we need the guidance of someone who has experienced, understood and mastered the one true journey that we all need – the journey within.
It isn’t often that we can say we have been in the presence of a truly enlightened being who can help us on our way. Join Thich Nhat Hanh on the 31st of March to be guided into meditation which will help you let go of the perils of the past, the frets of the future and immerse yourself in the only moment that really counts: the present.
Follow this blog for updates on Sit in Peace as well as special peace offerings to keep you inspired.
We look forward to seeing you there…
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