President’s Message

Rob DeRemer



I like to talk about a book I think of often. It is called Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, poet and peace activist. He now lives at Plum Village in France. He has written a number of books, but I keep going back to this one. I went online to review his books and I didn’t realize he had written so many books all related to peace and meditation.

My favorite passage in the book is a story about his niece who comes in from playing, and asks for some apple juice. Her uncle gets her a glass of apple juice which has pulp and cloudy. She sees that, and says she does not want to drink cloudy apple juice, then goes back out to play. She comes back about an hour later and looks at the same glass of apple juice, and says to her uncle, “Look uncle, the glass of apple is clear just like you. The glass sat there and the clouds settled to the bottom”. Hopefully when people sit, their mind will settle just like the apple juice. I often think of this when I would like to settle my mind.

He also talks a lot about how the state of mind and body can affect our personal peace and of course the peace of others. He would like us to learn to transform the very situations that pressure us into moments that we can practice mindfulness and be at peace.

Be at Peace!