Poetry and Music for Tet

Tet 2009 in Bruxelles
Image by jepoirrier via Flickr

February 13, 2010. This 2-hour dharma talk in Vietnamese, with translation into English, was given by Thich Nhat Hanh in Dharma Cloud Temple, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village.

On the eve of the Tet celebration, we are offered a very special dharma talk by our Teacher. Over the course of two hours we hear poetry sung beautifully by solo monastics while Thay provides background and discussion. You have to sing the poem and every time you sing the poem you put it to new music depending on the person. Much of the poetry is about the culture and society of Vietnam.

The talk is finished with 12 points given to Vietnam in honor of the 1000 year anniversary of the establishment of Hanoi.

I apologize for the delay in posting this talk, as Tet is now complete and the winter retreat at Plum Village has ended.

Categorized as Retreats

By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. Is there a link to hear this without the translation? 🙂 After hearing it WITH the translation to know what the songs and poetry mean, it would be so enjoyable to listen and enjoy the poetry and singing more directly. – Mark

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