Mindfulness in San Miguel
By Michael Latriano
We all know that San Miguel is a world-class international tourist destination. But a much smaller group of enlightened tourists also appreciate it as a spiritual destination as well. Because, in addition to the multitude of historic churches, fiestas and pilgrimages, we are also home to several centers for practicing various forms of Eastern spirituality. This would include Shamalah, Bon, Zen, and Vipassana Buddhists, vedanta and yoga centers, as well as the occasional Sufi, and several non-affiliated ‘new age’ spiritual centers.Video & Meditation Tuesdays, 10am With Thich Nhat Hanh LifePath Rinconada de la Aldea 29 50 pesos minimum donation
In February LifePath is proud to bring to San Miguel the mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Thích Nhất Hạnh is an 89-year-old Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, traveling internationally to give retreats and talks. In 1968 he was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace prize. His teachings on mindfulness have captured the world, and penetrated popular western culture like no other Buddhist teachings. His simple poetic style, combined with a willingness to embrace modern science, and the teachings of Jesus, make his writings very popular with Buddhists and non-Buddhists all over the world. His form of Buddhism is referred to as engaged Buddhism because of its active engagement with real life spiritual and social issues.
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
—Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness
Tuesdays with Thich Nhat Hanh, at LifePath, 10am, will consist of a short dharma video, a short guided meditation, followed by safe dharma sharing, all in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Afterwards, optional walking meditation from LifePath to Cafe Monet, where we will share a mindful meal. If you are interested in the parallels between Christ’s and the Buddha’s teachings, and would like to experience an hour of mindfulness, this may be something which will nourish your practice.
Minimum donation 50 pesos. All proceeds for the benefit of the LifePath Rinconada beautification project.
Please join us at LifePath on Tuesdays at 10am in February. Michael Latriano, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, will be your host. The address in 29 Rinconada de la Aldea 29. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.