New Life Foundation is honoured to be hosting a talk by the Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, a ighly respected and internationally renowned dhamma teacher.
Sebastien from Belgium has been at New Life since December 2013, first as a resident, then as a volunteer. He hopes to give back to the community all the healing and support he has received here. In this blog post he talks openly about his addiction problems and how New Life helped him on his way to recovery.
When we sit down on a cushion and close our eyes to meditate, a barrage of thoughts immediately start swirling. But if we can let go of the common expectation of “clearing the mind of all thoughts”, we might realize that, in meditation, distractions do not exist.
One of the ways we foster “mindfulness and inner growth” at New Life is by taking part in a variety of 6.30 am activities on offer. Therefore everybody has to get up in time. A gong helps with that. Keith Hodges has kindly put together a 6-step program to ensure the 6 am wake up call continues to be just as effective when the job is passed on to the next volunteer.
Boy, are we excited. Within the last month or so, we’ve had several new additions to the New Life family: One is calf Pepper and one hundred Khaki Campbell ducklings. Find out which impact those cute babies have on the community.
We’re looking forward to the fantastic retreats and workshops planned for the coming months here at New Life, featuring Vipassana meditation, Ashtanga yoga, Plum Village practice, and Buddhist recovery in the Dharma Punx tradition.