“When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met storms or pirates, if everyone panicked, all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Dear friends,

We have lived through these months of uncertainty with so many of you, supported by our spiritual practice which invites us “not to let ourselves be carried away by the emotions of the most”, to remain stable and open even in the most unexpected and challenging moments of life.

Together we have done everything possible to strengthen our physical immune system and develop the spirit of “bodhicitta”, of the mind of love, in our spiritual heart, so that the light of wisdom and of love present in our heart could radiate on our families, society and the world.

Now, after six months of closure, the Avalokita Center is ready, on the one hand, to slowly resume its activities, being able to welcome, despite the restrictions and prescriptions related to the current health situation, some practitioners who wish to stay at least one week at the Center and share in the daily practice of those who live there. On the other hand, the Center continues to offer online activities, continuing the guided meditations in the morning, which have offered us the opportunity to practice together with continuity in the last six months, and offering the first online course, led by a nun, a very dear friend for ours, Sister Bi Nghiem. At the same time, we are very happy to support in whichever way possible the Italian brothers of Plum Village in offering online the three months Rain Retreat.

Thank you for walking together in the many different ways that life offers us!