Zen master, disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, to offer retreat in McCandless

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

No matter what you think of Buddhism, you gotta love this name: The Laughing Rivers Sangha.

The Pittsburgh sangha or community, which follows the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, will offer a four day retreat at the Kearns Spirituality Center in McCandless Oct-11-14, 2012.

Retreat leader Chan Huy, a senior dharma teacher, is on "Cultivating stillness in a story of uncertainty: Practicing during difficult times."

Chan Huy was born in France to Vietnamese parents. He spent his youth in Vietnam, but moved to Canada at 18, becoming an engineer. He isn't a monk, but is marrried with two grown daughters.. He gives talks and leads retreats throughout North America.  He is a leading disciple of  Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk and peace activist who lives in France and is known for his teaching on "mindful" living. The Laughing Rivers Sangha is a Pittsburgh community that formed around his teachings and meets Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Squirrel Hill to practice mindful sitting and walking..

"We all experience anxiety, confustion and fear. Often we are consumed by these emotions and don't know what to do. Mindfulness gives us the means to look deeply at our suffering, embrace it and let it go," Chan Huy said. "It allows us to understand our responses to challenges presented by our pesonal history, our relationships and the world. With that understanding, our compassion for ourselves and others blossoms into peace."

The retreat starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and ends at 2 p.m. on the 14th. The cost is $250 for four days ($190 for three days) and includes vegetarian meals and overnight lodging. The registration deadline is Oct. 1. Cancellations after Oct. 5 will receive a partial refund of $100.  For more information or to register contact Laura Langer 412-606-6799 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Natalie Neal 412-901-7662 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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