A Special Holiday Community Chat with Sister Boi Nghiem and Sister An Nghiem of Magnolia Grove Monastery!
6pm CT
23 November 2020

Sister Boi Nghiem (Sister True Pearl) and Sister An Nghiem (Sister True Grace) join us for the November Community Chat to discuss Giving Thanks, Thankfulness, and Gratitude. The Sisters are nuns at Magnolia Grove Monastery, a residential monastery, and Magnolia Village, a Mindfulness Practice Meditation Center. Magnolia Grove Monastery & Magnolia Village follow the tradition of Plum Village, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Community Chats are monthly gatherings typically for Community Meditation members. Each month features a guest who will bring a teaching, a book, or a topic alive for an hour. Free for all members of Community Meditation and available for others via a donation.

However, this special Holiday Chat is free for anyone who wishes to join!  Simply register below.

During these difficult and uncertain times for many people around the world, the monastics are also facing a challenge. While they usually depend on retreat fees to cover their basic necessities, they now rely entirely on the generosity of people like you while the centers are closed to the public.

Please let’s consider coming together in community to make a donation to help the monastics this Thanksgiving. A link will be provided the evening of the event.

Your donation means so much. It will help feed, house, and provide health care for the monastic sisters and brothers. With your help, they can continue to send healing and compassion out to the world, carry on Thich Nhat Hanh’s legacy, and offer the practice of mindfulness.


Author, Spiritual Teacher, and Healer Brenda Salgado presents, “Mindfulness, Indigenous Prophecy and Toltec Medicine in the time of COVID.”

“We’re all part of a seven generations thing where we came from, seven generations who came before. And we are responsible to the seven generations that are coming, but yet unborn. And we’ve kind of lost we kind of are in this kind of Feeling that we create our world by ourselves right now, and that’s simply not true. We came from somewhere and we’re going somewhere. And so we’re in training to be good elders. And then when we’re elders, we’re in training to become good ancestors. And we have a lot of unhealthy ancestors that didn’t do their work, that lost their medicine, they lost connection to the earth and lost connection to spirit and ancestors. And so they did atrocious things that have to be dealt with energetically, spiritually. Otherwise, we’re going to keep recreating the same systems. So all of this is up for review and it’s coming up, so it can be healed in the same way, like if I had an infection in my arm and there was a lot of puss and tenderness here and I’d have to open that up and drain that puss out so that my body can heal that. We can’t get to the healthy body without healing the puss. And that’s what’s happening right now. There’s a lot of people becoming aware of racism in a way that has been very visceral and real to a lot of people for a long time. A lot of puss is visible that people haven’t wanted to look at.” — Brenda Salgado