I am a professional photographer and have been blessed to travel the world doing what I love to do most, and that is documenting our planet and its people. I sent an e-mail to the monastery two weeks before the start of the retreat, offering my photographic services if needed. The monastery sits on 125 acres of beautiful northern Mississippi farm land, and given I was going to have my cameras and equipment anyway, how nice it would be to include the monastics. What I was not aware of, and in no way have prepared myself for the honor, was that the last day of our retreat, the monastery had a ceremony planned to welcome and receive relics and ashes of Thich Nhat Hanh. I was absolutely stunned.