“Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already there in relaxation and letting-go”

“Wanting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping, there is space
– open, inviting and comfortable”

(Gendun Rinpoche)

Dear Sangha friends,

Another fruitful year is nearing its end.

The departure of Jane and John heralds a new phase in the life of The Orchard.
I would like to thank them again for their much-appreciated contribution over the years to the sangha, The Orchard and myself.
Their humanity and presence made all visitors feel supported and welcomed. It also allowed for a smooth transition period after Sonia’s death and made the development of a new format for the retreats possible.

The Two-week Retreats were a deeply nourishing and a joyful experience.
The Zen teachings on the practice of mind training (lojong) and compassion proved an inspiring and supportive guide for our practice and application in daily life.
The benefits and preciousness of that time together are indeed immeasurable.

The Practice Weekends have seen an increasing number of participants and enabling new students to join our sangha. They provided a welcome opportunity for a regular sharing of the practice.

As the Buddha once said to Ananda, his attendant, having sangha friends is most important of all on our path towards a life of less stress and more ease.

All the signs are that The Orchard is in a healthy shape with a positive energy providing a clear function in an uncertain world.

I am immensely grateful to all of you who have each in your own way made all this possible for the benefit of many!

Since the announcement of Jane’s and John’s departure, I have already received several offers for practical support with running The Orchard and with their help I am committed to continue with it as a place of practice and refuge.

Please use the menu at the top of the page for information on the meditation and t’ai-ji events in 2018.

I am looking forward to sharing the coming year with you.
May you all be well and happy and free from suffering and fear.

With love, Ad

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