I have always dreamed to sit on the balcony infront of my room in TTG…with nothing to do...nowhere to go...and just dreaming away…enjoying the warm air, the sounds of various hammerings, on wood (the neighbours
who make wooden bells) on stone (workers finishing the Kindergarden ), on metal even sometimes the sound of a metal saw..…, the sound of cicadas, of laughter, of someone calling, far away some sound of horns of motor bikes, the sound of flip flops
slurping in the courtyard…a rooster, some birds…and even the sound of soft rain...what would Hue be without it?
Well thats just what I am doing now…actually I am writing it all…for me…for you....and yes
there is soft rain
I arrived back here in Tinh Truc Gia, hue, Vietnam, yesterday
Have I ever been away ?
Tinh truc Gia, the Peaceful Bamboo Family
I remember Trinh,
Tu Khanh, Hoa, Nhi, My Nhien, Tho and me, us all sitting in the very uncomfortable sort of dining room around a "formica table " in Quoc Su Quan street in the old town of Hue, near the citadel,
We rented a house there a few years in a row, it must have
been in 2005? or 2006?
We sat in a cercle and shared our « dream » of a living example of an inclusive living community with adults living with disabilities, with bio dynamic farming, with vocational training, a tea
room, a Kindergarden…a training and practical learning centre and resource centre, a happy place,
We were looking for a name, like you give a name to a child but in this case of quite a few mom’s and dad’s…
So we « brainstormed » around this cercle….
Happy, joyful, healing, …PEACEFUL , Tinh….came soon, in our brainstorming, as we were trying to not only speak about
Peace but actually live Peace in our daily activities,
Bamboo….. also came quite quickly I remember. The land that we had already bought was surrounded by bamboo…Truc actually is the young, not sot tall bamboo…with
very fresh green leaves, so TRUC was there, bamboo as an example for resilience, strength and also flexibility, …Tinh Truc
Family, GIA, of course…it felt like family and friendship from the start, …we all knew from
the start that this project was for future generations as an example as a contribution to our descendants...to leave them a happy living example, respectful of nature animals and humans,
Tinh Truc Gia was born betwen all of us
Today I sat with Trinh Tu and Hai in the SO lovely new tea house and I reminded them how many visible and probably invisible friends and family have helped us to give birth to this wonderful Tinh Truc Gia !
And yes may be I can
Sit on the balcony hear and see the lively and joyful life in TTG…just enjoying and letting life unfold
For sure ALL CONDITION OF HAPPINESS ARE ALREADY PRESENT
Ps....actually after I wrote this blog entry we had a busy busy busy time in TTG...!!! And I got the flu and all...but I'll tell about all this later!