Our sprouting peace and permaculture dojo, where we are growing a peace culture, is also an important piece in our lives. “Our hope is that, like Gandhi’s ashrams, the Possibility Alliance in Missouri, Casa De Paz in California, Plum Village, and many other places to practice peace, this can be part of the global peace infrastructure during the Great Turning.” Like in Schumacherian economics, the dojo’s vision is to create “health, beauty and permanence and learn to live peacefully, not only with our fellow humans but also with nature”. We’re really happy that our baby, who is already involved in helping to create the dojo, will be a part of creating this peace culture.
We also went to pay respect at a temple that I found by chance with the participants of Day of Mindfulness while doing our walking meditation. It was a pleasant surprise to find such a beautiful temple near us with a big bell that you could invite, and yet hardly anyone seems to visit. Inviting the bell is a practice we learn from Plum Village, and it’s really rare to be able to invite big temple bells like this.
May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos.
In even the darkest spots, may living beings hear it clearly
so their suffering will cease,
understanding arise in their hearts,
and they can transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow.
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddha.
– Thich Nhat Hanh