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Plum Village Online

The Plum Village is a Buddhist Monastery and Retreat in the Dordogne region of France. It is the home monastery of Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk. The following is paraphrased from the Plum Village Webpage: “Plum

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Cloud Mountain Retreat

Cloud Mountain Retreat is a non-sectarian Buddhist center located in southwest Washington. Situated on 15 acres of wooded land approximately 60 miles north of Portland Oregon, Cloud Mountain was conceived and built with the goal of providing groups and individuals

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Japanese Garden-Hermann Park, Houston Texas

I rarely do a second report on any of the locations presented here at the Retreat.  This is a special occasion.  While Hermann Park in Houston Texas was highlighted months ago because a Retreat member was moving to Houston, I

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Monastery of St. Anthony (Maine)

The Monastery of St Anthony in southern Maine is about four miles from the town of Kennebunk.  It is the home of a Lithuanian Franciscan Monastery.  Situated on 66 acres of New England land with an extensive walking network, it

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Oshima Japan

Oshima or Ojima is a small pine covered island in the Matshushima prefecture in Japan.  Once a meditation retreat for Zen (Chen) Buddhist Monks, it is now a walking tourist destination.  It is accessible by a walking bridge from the

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake in Oregon (United States) is a caldera lake formed from the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama in roughly 5500-6000 BCE.  Human interaction with this area has been traced back to the ancestors of the Klamath Tribe who

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is what most people in the world think when you talk about the desert southwest of the United States.  Colored plateaus, tumbleweeds, and endless plains.   While the area contains several National and Tribal parks, the vast area allows

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Plum Village, France

What follows is only a shot introduction to the Plum Village and with it Thich Nhat Hanh.  I encourage readers to follow the link at the bottom to learn more. Plum Village is a Buddhist Monastery started in Thenac, Dordogne,

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Rila, Bulgaria

The Rila area of Bulgaria hold numerous areas that hold an appeal to those looking for walking meditation, quiet solitude or a place of hermitage.  Rila, thought to be of Thracian origin, means “well-watered mountain” and its connection to the

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