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The Five Remembrances exercise : My Living Will

Friends attended “Protecting & Transforming” retreat were invited to practice the Five Remembrances * together by sharing their experience with another retreatant. After the sharing, each friend was encouraged to write a living will letter to their beloved. This is an act of love to themselves and especially, to their beloved ones. Impermanence is a […]

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A Letter to Present Me (Dear Melinda), you can be happy.

This letter was written by a teenager who visited the monastery for the first time and stayed five days practicing with friends. One night, the teenagers were invited for an activity called “Dear Present Me”. They were encouraged to write a love letter to themselves, a letter that gives them strength, courage and determination in […]

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A Letter to Present Me (Dear Michael)

This letter was written by a teenager who visited the monastery for the first time and stayed five days practicing with his friends. One night, the teenagers were invited for an activity called “Dear Present Me”. They were encouraged to write a love letter to themselves, a letter that gives them strength, courage and determination […]

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Adventures In Mindful Moviemaking By Larry Kasanoff

I make movies about martial arts, science fiction, killer robots, funny cartoon characters, pretty girls.  And I love it. An article in the Washington Post about me once started this way: “…fights, explosions, mindblowing visual effects and hot babes – this is Larry Kasanoff’s formula for success in the movie business.” So how did I […]

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Students Experienced Uninterrupted Peace and Acceptance

Dear Sangha, Please accept my apologies for not letting you know sooner how transformative the retreat has been for my students. We arrived back in New Orleans after 8pm on Sunday. The students went home, slept, and luckily the very next morning we were all able to see each other again. We immediately sang together, […]

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High School Students : the Aftermath

Retreat with high school students from New Orleans on March 17-21, 2012: the aftermath! Dear Sangha, I hope everyone is enjoying the day of mindfulness at the center. Here in New Orleans it is a beautiful, clear day…many birds are singing. I wanted to share with you several things that have happened since our return […]

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I Love Myself

In the time that has passed since I was at that monastery, I have often written you. I did not send the letters because the words seemed too feeble to express my gratitude. But today, while eating breakfast mindfully, I realized that the week I spent with you saved my life. I stopped eating and […]

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My Creek Has Died

(For my beautiful Mother) By Jill I went to see my creek But she wasn’t there I wanted to feel her soft trickle on my feet And listen to her quiet song I went to see my creek But she wasn’t there It just seems so cruel My creek is gone Who could do such […]

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Breathing in, breathing out- Warren Easton High School students

Breathing in, breathing out- Warren Easton High School students On April 14th-16th, 2011, a group of twenty senior students and two teachers from Warren Easton High School from New Orleans, LA made a psychology trip to Magnolia Grove Monastery to practice mindfulness and meditation with the monastic Brothers and Sisters. Instead of going to Florida […]

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