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This Moment is a Happy Moment

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November 29, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at the Dharma Nector Temple, Lower Hamlet, Assembly of Stars Meditation Hall Plum Village.

This is the second dharma talk of the 2009-2010 Winter Retreat taking place at Plum Village in France.

This talk begins a comparison of two versions of the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign). In our tradition, we use the Mahamangala Sutta, Sutta Nipata 2.4 translated from the Pali Canon. It is available in our Chanting from the Heart text. At the retreat, Thay has distributed another version from the Chinese Canon (Dhamapada 210-213). Thay also mentions Sarvastivada briefly.

As a reminder, suffering and happiness are deeply linked, like mud and the lotus.

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By Chan Niem Hy

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