Archive for December 2014


Venerable Somnieng, a dear Buddhist monk from Cambodia, is leading our meditations on Friday.  The 4 pm group meditation is at Prairie Oaks and the 7 pm group meditation is at the Yoga School’s Bettendorf location.


For those not familiar with Somnieng, he is a prominent monk in Cambodia.  His temple is located in Siem Reap, where he oversees an orphanage, a shelter for at-risk young women, a sewing school, a language school and a junior high school.  Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia, with many hungry people, especially children.  


Somnieng is a practitioner of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls engaged Buddhism – the coupling of moment to moment mindfulness with effective social action for the poor. Contemplation and compassion.

Somnieng is only with us for 5 days and Friday is our one opportunity to practice mindfulness with him.