Thirty six out of 36 (100%) female students filled out the evaluation forms. An overwhelming majority of them had a positive experience. Below are some selections of the evaluations of the visit given by the female students:
Did the experience fulfill your expectations? If not, where did it fall short? What would you change?
Yes, I didn’t really have specific expectations but I fully appreciated every opportunity they offered--meditation, tai chi, delicious meals. It showed a true sincerity that cannot be ignored.
Not exactly. It would have been nice if my fellow students and I made sure effort to reduce our chattery talk and listen better. Also I would change so there is less free time, or so that there were suggestions for ideas to reflect upon during free time.
It was a so much better than my expectations! It is a beautiful place full of calm reserve but a oneness I fully enjoyed.
They most definitely did. All the discussions has made me contemplate a lot.
My experiences surpassed my expectations because yes, this community does have rules, but the spirit that the nuns hold towards these rules is joyous and lighthearted, and they allow us to make our own. Thank you.
What practice, impression, teaching, or insight learned here will you retain the longest?
Both the importance of Right Livelihood and the importance of keeping clear that grief and sadness are, on the one hand, elements of compassion, but on the other hand, that it is important to avoid slipping into self-pity or anger.
The 6 paramitas--I want to strive to be a better person for not only myself but for others in this world as well.
One’s state of mind or the lenses that one wears throughout life will affect well-being. There’s self-pity or optimism. Putting timeless actions in timely manner.
I think the discussion period. I had the wrong thoughts and impressions of Buddhism.
The tai chi exercises makes me want to go and take classes.
Patience and the analogy of shaking a glass with mud and water in it needs to be still so the sediment can fall and we can see clearly.
The practice of not seeking and learning how to convert negative to positive energy; carrying mindfulness and compassion in everyday for each sentient being.
I will bring with me a deepened understanding of the 4 Noble Truths. Observing them here, outside of my crazy life, truly made me see some things I would like to better about myself.
Meditation, vowing, chanting, precepts.
I really liked the meditation and I’ll probably try to use it when finals come up.
Meditation techniques, practicing mindfulness, and learning to solve my internal problems.
I feel I will retain that the best way to improve a situation or life overall is to work on/improve self. Also, putting blame on others is no way to resolve negativity.
Always happy to be outdoors, especially gardening. It was a pleasure to help out the City in this way.
Nice work and relaxing experience.
I wish we would have been able to help longer.
I thought this was such a great service to perform for the community. A great way to connect with the land.
As an organic farmer myself, I would have loved a chance to talk with the person who runs the farm.
Very therapeutic work.