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