Thanksgiving at Deer Park Online
Thursday, November 26th, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST
Offering Gratitude to Our Land Ancestors
Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us online for a Dharma talk on Thursday morning, November 26th, at 10 AM PST, by Thay Phap Dung and Sister Tinh Nghiem followed by mindful walking down to the Oak Grove for our annual Peace Offering to Our Land Ancestors.
Dear Land Ancestors,
We, the monastic and lay practitioners of Deer Park Monastery, on this day of remembrance and gratitude, respectfully gather to make an offering of the heart to you and to all the elements that make it possible for us to be present here.
We realize how difficult this moment is, when many of us do not have the opportunity to gather together with our loved ones. When we are able, though, to come back to our breathing and get in touch with the earth beneath our feet, we see that our land ancestors are already there supporting us. We touch their wisdom of interbeing, and see that we are not ever truly alone.
We are aware that without your support, care and energy, it would not be possible for us to live and practice here today. We aspire to live like you did for countless generations—respectfully and in harmony with the land and with all the natural elements that you considered to be your kindred spirits. You truly lived with the wisdom of interbeing—just as we aspire to do now.
The Dharma talk, which will be offered partly in English and partly in Vietnamese, starts at 10 AM and can be followed on Zoom here, with translation into English and Vietnamese:

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 952 2611 7032

Passcode: 7965539

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You may also follow the activities on our YouTube channel live at the following links:

Dharma Talk at 10 AM: https://youtu.be/qEydw-GqiLE

Thanksgiving Ceremony at ~12:00 PM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LnQq5-kDjU
With great respect, we ask you, our land ancestors, to please protect us and nourish us with your wisdom and compassion. Trees have their roots and water has its sources. We know that you, our ancestors, are also our roots; we are your continuation. We ask for your guidance and understanding to show us how to proceed on the path of awakening.
We look forward to see you on the path together with our ancestors.
 
From the chaparral of the hidden mountain,
The Brothers and Sisters of Deer Park
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