Remembering, Honoring and Celebrating with our Ancestors

Let’s share the traditional retreat of the Feast of the Dead, organized by the Comunidad de Plena Consciencia (Mindfulness Community, Mexico). You are invited to meditate on the present moment, connect deeply with your roots, and by the hand of our ancestors, to become calm, to transform and to heal, and to begin again fresh and renewed.

You are invited to a time of deep practice, deep looking and deep humanity in the spirit of our precious earthliness. Everyone can bring something for the altar written in big letters.

We will explore Thich Nhat Hanh’s last talk before his stroke. We will nourish our happiness and insight as we touch the 8 manifestations of our bodies. We will touch the profound nature of reality both individually and collectively. We will ask ourselves why this matters to our lived experience of mindfulness.  We will enjoy ways of Mexican indigenous wisdom and ceremony as we come home to our precious lives.

The retreat will start the evening of Thursday, November 1st and end before lunch on Sunday, November 4th. The retreat room and board costs includes 3 nights and vegetarian meals for only USD $200.00. Single rooms are no extra charge so you can let us know if you'd prefer a single or double room.

Peggy ​and ​Larry ​follow ​a ​long ​tradition ​of ​offering ​the ​Buddha’s ​teachings ​without ​charge, ​as ​these ​teachings ​are ​priceless. ​As ​part ​of ​this ​tradition ​those ​receiving ​the ​teachings ​support ​the ​teacher. ​Therefore we ask that you also please ​consider ​making ​a ​donation ​at ​the ​retreat ​according ​to ​your ​means ​and ​the ​value ​you ​feel ​you ​have ​received. ​Suggested ​Dana ​is ​$25 ​per ​day ​or ​$175 ​for ​the ​retreat ​and ​may ​be ​paid ​by ​cash ​or ​check ​on-site, or via paypal to The Lotus Institute using the link below. Opportunity for Dana or contributions to teachers is welcome but not expected. 
Travel: There are buses that run regularly from the Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca, the line is Pullman de Morelos, it takes less the 90 minutes, and the cost is MXN 250.- (US $13!). From the bus terminal Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca a taxi brings you to the Monasterio Benedictino in Ahuatepec. *Note, past retreat participants report that travel was very easy, reliable and straightforward coming from the airpost! 

Please email peggy at thelotusinstitute dot org to register and click the button below for payment. We can provide more detailed instructions after registration. Thank you! 

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Welcome To The Lotus Institute

We offer Buddhist practice(s) for change makers on the journey of individual and collective healing, transformation and liberation. Because whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever you do matters. Every moment, each breath, each inner and outer action is an embodiment of your practice. We are here for you to go deep, deeper, deeper still.

The Lotus Institute was founded by Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward, two of Thich Nhat Hanh's senior, non-monastic dharma teachers who have dedicated their lives to a path of service.
Founded at the urging of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, The Lotus Institute offers embodied education for those wishing to explore or deepen their path of practice. Lotus' offerings are rooted in awakening and embodying a path of compassionate action made accessible for today's times. Lotus offers in person and online resources for those who are changing the world through art, work, and/or activism (especially those who see these as interconnected and inseparable).