Please join us on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 pm ET as we partner with Parallax Press, Blue Cliff Monastery, and the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation to celebrate the new edition of Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. Originally published in 1967, and one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s first books written in English, this insightful text offers the perspective of the Vietnamese people on what they often refer to as “the American War.” Guests are invited to attend in person (guests must show proof of vaccination and wear masks during the event- read Union’s visitor policy) or online via Zoom. Please RSVP here.
This book remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published, as the United States and Europe continue to grapple with their roles as global powers and the human effects of their military policies. The event will include a reading from the book, meditation, Dharma Reflections and more! We look forward to coming together as a community with Blue Cliff Monastery monastics to commemorate and discuss this remarkable book.
A group walking meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh’s former home at 306 W. 109 St to James Chapel will start at 5:45 pm. This is optional – you’re welcome to meet us at the Chapel around 6:15 instead. In case of inclement weather, silent meditation will be offered in James Chapel at 6:00 pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will food and beverages be served?
Light refreshments will be offered. All food will be vegan. There will not be alcohol at the event.
What should I wear?
Please wear modest clothing that is comfortable for sitting (i.e. shirt covering shoulders, long pants below the knees). Order of Interbeing members are invited to wear their OI jackets in celebration of the Order of Interbeing, which Thich Nhat Hanh founded while writing Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.
What parking options are available?
Street parking and local parking garages may be available. The Central Parking System garage is on West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Riverside Church Parking Garage is on West 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive; GGMC Parking is at 512-520 West 112th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive at James Chapel by 6:15 PM to allow time for checking in. If you would like to participate in the optional walking meditation, please arrive at 306 W. 109 St by 5:45 PM.
Where can I find information about the event schedule?
The schedule includes a gathering meditation, welcome and introduction, reading from the book, Dharma reflections, and silent contemplation. A reception will follow. Event programs will be provided at the event.