August 2, 2012. 92-minute recording given at New Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the twentieth dharma talk of the Summer Opening. The talk was originally given in French and this is an English translation.
We begin with a meditation on the birth of the flame. Does “nothing” exist? What is the existence of nothing?
What is our nature? Are we caught in the notions of birth, death, being, and non-being? These are the foundation of our fear and anxiety. In Buddhism, Right Thinking is being free of these notions. There is only continuation and manifestation. Thinking is already an action.
We continue with a teaching on Right View, Right Speech.
This concludes the 2012 Summer Opening.
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August 1, 2012. 87-minute recording given at Lower Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the nineteenth dharma talk of the Summer Opening and this is a session of questions and answers. Editor’s note, we have skipped the talks from July 29 & 31 here on this site; it may appear later.
- Why is my brother always so nasty to me?
- Why does Thay do hand symbols (mudra) during chanting?
- Why do Buddhist shave their head?
- What should we do if we begin to hate someone we love?
- Is it correct to tell a lie if the truth would hurt the person you love?
- How can I be stable? How can I live with a person who doesn’t believe in spirituality?
- Why is it that monastics sisters have more precepts than monastic brothers? If it is because they have special problems, shouldn’t the brothers at least have the same number of precepts?
- How can you help a child recognize their father of they’ve never had te opportunity to know him? For example, artificial insemination.
- What was the biggest notion in your life that you’ve overcome?
- How do I practice this teaching with suicide?
- When you have arrived on the other shore. Do you still think? Do you still suffer?
- How do we build and organize a practice center?
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July 28, 2012. 93-minute recording given at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the sixteenth dharma talk of the Summer Opening and we are beginning the fourth and final week of the retreat. Please note, we have skipped the talk from July 26 here on this site; it may appear later.
Understanding of suffering. Compassionate listening. Embracing suffering brings relief. What are the monastics doing when they are chanting the name Avalokiteshvara?
Chanting begins at 18-m into recording. The main talk begins at 39-minutes.
Listening to the bell. Deep listening. Let peace and mindfulness penetrate into you. How do you feed your happiness? Where is your true home?
The Buddha proposed sixteen exercises of mindful breathing. What are the first four exercises? How can we use this for walking mindfully? This is applied Buddhism in our daily lives.
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July 24, 2012. 80-minute recording given at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the fourteenth dharma talk of the Summer Opening and this is a session of questions and answers.
- How can you make new friends after moving to a new school?
- If there is no such thing as death, then why is it wrong to kill?
- I suffer a lot from my father. I don’t want to see him anymore. Can I stop trying to change him?
- Why did you become a monk?
- I am the last child in my family linage and there is lots of suffering to transform. How do I help my parents generation? Secondly, why is there still discrimination against women in Buddhism?
- Is there life after death?
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July 22, 2012. 97-minute recording given at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the twelfth dharma talk of the Summer Opening and the talk was originally given in French. This is an English translation.
We start with a 22-minute talk for the children. How we can share meditation with our friends when we go back home from Plum Village? What does it mean to love? Freshness of a flower. We can offer this and using pebble meditation to teach us about freshness. We also have mantras such as “I am here for you.” Solidity. Space.
What is the deep connection between suffering and happiness? In Buddhism, we speak of Interbeing. What is meant by Interbeing? Being and non-being also uses this principle of Interbeing. What is Right Thinking? Free of notions. Applying the teaching to birth and death.
The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold path.
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July 21, 2012. 98-minute recording given at Lower Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the eleventh dharma talk of the Summer Opening and this is the first day of the third week.
Listening to the chant. We suffer and we often turn to consumption to relieve our suffering. The teaching of the Buddha, using mindfulness and concentration, can help use embrace our sorrow with tenderness. We can have relieve. Listen to the chanting and allow the sound to penetrate into our body. To stop our thinking.
The silence we produce can be very healing. We feel alive. The joy of being alive. Instruction for walking meditation. The practices of “I have arrived. I am home,” mindfulness, concentration, insight. Also, the Buddha body. Who is the real Buddha? What is the real Sangha? What is the Dharma?
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July 19, 2012. 119-minute recording given at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the tenth dharma talk of the Summer Opening and the talk was originally given in French. This is an English translation. We begin with chanting and a short guided meditation getting in touch with our parents.
The teaching on “nothing is born and nothing dies” for the children. How do we live with happiness?
At 34-minutes, Sister Chan Khong introduces Alexandra from L’Express magazine who is preparing a special issue on happiness. She will interview Thay because he is a master of happiness.
- How can zen Buddhism help us westerns who are in a crisis in our society ?
- Can we reach our children to be happy?
- What is your definition of happiness?
We can use the exercises on mindful breathing starting with the first eight exercises. Mental formations are explored in the ninth exercise. The three concentrations taught in all Buddhist traditions: emptiness, signlessness, aimlessness.
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