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You are a Formation

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December 16, 2010. 99-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh in Assembly of Stars Mediation Hall at Lower Hamlet in
Plum Village. The talk was given in Vietnamese with English translation (French and original Vietnamese audio are available as well as video version). The monastery is in the 2010-2011 Winter Rains Retreat.

Mindfulness is one of the fifty-one mental formations. Everything you can see is a formation. Your body is also a
formation. Many conditions come together to create a formation. The practitioner should be able to identify the mental formations in your body and mind. The practitioner must be present to recognize them in yourself. Mindfulness is very powerful for coming to the present. Mindfulness is the heart of meditation.

Discusses the subject of Mindfulness and the object of Mindfulness. All formations have a subject and object. Explores impermanent nature of all formations – you’ve heard this teaching so many times but you still behave like everything is
permanent.

Mindfulness. Concentration. Insight.

Covers some of 16 breathing exercises, especially as it relates to impermanence. Continues with a discussion of subject and object. Non-dualistic thinking. Compares the teachings and experience of the Buddha and Jesus Christ and how we can apply it to our lives today.

Transform your corner of the earth into heaven in the here and now. Live in the ultimate dimension.

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By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.

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