Mindfulness is the energy awakened by the awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness touches life deeply, and is putting into practice by repeating it every moment. An essential point is mindful breathing. Buddha teaches that mindfulness is the source of happiness and joy.
Each person has a seed of mindfulness in them. However, most people forget to water it. But if you learn to rely on your own “breathing” and “walking”, you can pick up the seeds of joy and peace in yourself and raise them to greater pleasure.
In this year’s Japan tour of the Plum Village Monastics, 12 monks from France, Hong Kong and Thailand will visit Japan and hold 6 events to tell of the teachings from Thailand.
◆ Retreat Contents
During the 2 week Japan tour, a 4 day 3 night retreat will be held. Just as last year, the retreat will be held at the Fuji midori no Kyukamura.
Embraced by the great nature at the foot of Mt Fuji, and experience the practice of “Mindfulness” based on the teachings Thich Nhat Hanh as carried out in the Plum Village. Together with 12 monks, you will learn mindfulness that you can apply and practice in daily life such as walking meditation, eating meditation, sitting meditation, relaxing meditation. In addition, this retreat is a unique opportunity to experience the great healing power of "Sanga" (collective mindfulness energy.) created by about 130 participants together.
In addition, last year’s popular kids program (for children who are 4 years or older on April 1st, 2018) will also be held this year. We look forward to have families with children participate.
For more information about the retreat, please see the following website:
Date & Time: 3 May (Reception 14:00 ~ 16:00) ~ 6 May 2018 14:00 estimated finish time
Location: Fuji midori no Kyukamura
8532-5, Narusawa, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
Adults: ¥ 56,000
Middle School students: ¥ 50,000*
Primary School students: ¥ 40,000*
Infants - 4~5 year (age on 1 April 2018): ¥ 40,000*
The participation fee includes stay and meals during the retreat.
All meals will be vegetarian. If you have a gluten allergy, please let us know when you sign up.
All rooms are gender separated shared accommodations. 1 room (12.5 tatami) will be shared by 5~6 people.
This year the kids program will again be held parallel to the main program.
The kids program, marked with an * in above fee list, is for children 4 year and older (total capacity 25 children). Middle school students can also attend main program.
◆ Access to Fuji midori no Kyukamura can be checked from the following page:
● You can use a free shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko station to "Fuji Green Vacation Village"
【About 25 people bus】 Kawaguchiko station departure time (required time: about 20 minutes)
13: 30 14: 00 14: 30 15: 00 15: 30 16: 00 16: 30
※ If you arrive before to 13:30, please make a telephone reservation directly with "Fuji Green Vacation Village" to use the free shuttle bus departing every hour at :00. TEL: 0555-85-2236
※ When taking a taxi, the required time is about 15 minutes, the cost is around 3000 yen.
Transportation is expected to be crowded because it is during GW. Please allow extra time for your travel.
Thich Nhat Han
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books have been translated into 30 languages, many of which have become bestsellers.
Last year, he was introduced twice in the NHK program "heart of the era", and it created a sensation in Japan.
Born in central Vietnam in 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh became a novice monk at the age of sixteen. Thich Nhat Hanh received the ‘lamp transmission’ as a dharma teacher of the Lieu Quan Dharma Line in the 42nd generation of the Lam Te Dhyana school (“Lin Chi Chan” in Chinese or “Rinzai Zen” in Japanese).
In the 1960s, during the Vietnam War, he dedicated himself to anti-war activities to make the case for peace and to call for an end to hostilities. Dr. Martin Luther King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
In 1982 he founded “Plum Village”, a community/monastery based on the teachings of mindfulness, and strengthened his activities to relieve the suffering of people. He has been invited all over the world to lead retreats and teach mindfulness meditation.
He suffered a hemorrhage in fall 2014, but is now showing a miraculous recovery.
Currently, the Plum Village is the largest monastery in Europe.
Sermon at the Google HQ ( 4 Minute Video）
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◆ Please note
- Tickets can be purchased online on Peatix.
- After your purchase is completed, an order confirmation email will be send to your registered email address. (If you purchased tickets through a convenient store/ATM (within Japan only), the order confirmation email will be sent about two hours later.)
◆ Multiple ticket purchase
- Multiple ticket purchase is limited to families only.
- For group participation, please sign up one attendee per order.
We recommend that you participate in all activities so you can get used to the practices and use it in daily life. In case you are unable to participate in some activities, please contact the organizer directly. Please note that here will not be a refund or discount on the participation fee.
◆ Cancellation policy
Tickets purchased up until April 26 0:00 can be cancelled/refunded. (if the tickets are purchased with conbini/atm payment, or if more than 50 days have passed since the credit card payment, a 500 JPY cancellation fee will be charged).
Tickets purchased after April 24 0:00 can not be cancelled/refunded.
The organizer will try as much as possible to make sure that everyone can participate safely. Any costs resulting from injuries or illness during the retreat will be borne by the participants. Also, the organizer will not be responsible to theft and/or damage.
Attendees who are worried, should prepare travel insurance before the retreat.
Please see the following website for more information about the rules of theFuji midori no Kyukamura
http://www.kyukamura.jp/stipulation/ (Japanese only)
The retreat is a location to practice mindfulness. If the organizer determines that you are caused disturbance to other participants, you can be asked to leave the retreat.
- Use of personal details
Personal information entrusted by the attendee will be used for among other send emails and documents, providing information, and answering questions.
- Sharing of personal information
The organizer will not share personal information entrusted by the attendee with third parties.