Individual and Collective Manifestation

November 21, 2013. 93-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from New Hamlet of Plum Village. This is the second talk of the 2013-2014 Winter Retreat. We begin with two chants from the monastics. The talk was given in Vietnamese and this is an English translation by Sr. Tue Nghiem. 

Story of a poet Thay met in the 1940s in Saigon. Shares a poem called the Dalia. Another poem from the 60s called  Song of April. A flower in the poem is used to teach on manifestation-only and the dharma body. This is the work of Mahayana Buddhism. We can hear the dharma in everything. The Buddha is the flower. Where does the flower come from in manifestation-only? 

We can apply this same teaching to our own seeds, such as anger. We don’t always see our anger until it manifests, but to say that it is not there is incorrect. It’s just hidden. 

Text of the 30 Verses of Vasubandhu

Consciousness has two parts. The subject and object. The two parts rely upon one another to manifest. 

Can our mind see the object of reality? The object and the subject rely upon one another order to manifest. Cognition.  Understanding this alcan free us from the idea of birth and death, being and non-being. 

The mental formation contact. The relationship between subject and object and the mental formation of contact. We also look at the second mental formation of attention. This teaching is illustrated by the sound of the bell and other distractions that may be occurring at the same time. Appropriate attention. As a practitioner, we can choose the object of our Mindfulness. With practice this can become automatic. No effort.

The cells of the body and the collective energy of a group of people. Can we sit peacefully? Individual manifestation and collective manifestation. The collective is comprised of the individual. Our practice can affect other people. 

  • Ed van Duijn

    English subtitles would be great!

  • http://kenleyneufeld.com Kenley Neufeld

    If you type them up, I’ll post them into the video. Actually, there should be a integrated tool into YouTube to crowd source the subtitles.

  • Jo Mooy

    Is it available in English?

  • Guest

    yes, really would love to see the english version…

  • http://kenleyneufeld.com Kenley Neufeld

    It’s kind of difficult to provide English video when he spoke in Vietnamese. But you can listen to the English translation (audio only) linked right underneath the video (download or stream). If you want to watch too, you might be able to sync/align the two sources. I hope you enjoy the talk as much as I did.

  • jkirksings

    The English audio translation is perfect! Thanks!

  • Lisa LeVasseur

    So nice to hear your voice, Sister Tue Nghiem! Thank you for the beautiful translation, and thanks, Kenley, for posting these! _()_

  • Happy

    I tried but the video is 1:36 without chanting while the audio is 1:33 with chanting…so how could i a sync it? anyone success?

  • http://kenleyneufeld.com Kenley Neufeld

    They are from two different sources so you’ll need to do the best you can to align the talks.

  • Happy

    32:09 in video is 34 in audio, i guess