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The Five Mantras and Noble Eightfold Path

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March 5, 2011. 96-minute dharma talk in French with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, France. This is the fifth day of the 5-day French Retreat and the translation is provided by Sr. Pine.

The fifth Mantra. This is a happy moment.

Mindfulness is the source of happiness. Smirti. We should be able to transform any moment into happiness with mindfulness. This moment is worth living. Moment after moment.

I’m here for you. This is the First Mantra. This is for generating your concentrated presence.

My dear, I know you are there and I’m so happy. This is the Second Mantra. To recognize the presence of your lived one. Your loved can be anything.

My dear, I know you suffer and I am here for you. The Third Mantra. Used when you notice something is not right. Not well.

My dear, I am suffering and I want you to know. I’m doing my best. Please help me. The Fourth Mantra. This is the most difficult because it’s when you are suffering and you think you’re loved one is the cause. We want to punish. After you have tried to cool the flames, maybe 24-hours, then you can practice this mantra. Tell him in a calm voice. If you are not able, then write it down.

Right thinking is thinking that goes in the direction of non-discrimination in the direction of understanding. We can always produce a thought of right thinking using mindfulness. Anger is no longer possible with this type of action. Karma (action) is our continuation. Thought is our action. If your thinking is beautiful then you action will be as well. With Right Thinking you can bring Right Speech and Right Action.

The path recommended by the Buddha begins with Right View. In addition to Right Thinking, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Concentration, Right Effort, and Right Livelihood. The noble eightfold path. This path leads to the end of suffering. The fourth noble truth. This is the presence of happiness.

A discussion on the Ultimate and Historical dimensions – they are not separate. Nirvana. Suchness. With the instrument of mindfulness and concentration, we can see the nature of reality. Being and non-being disappear.

The talk was given in French with English translation and is available below. There is a French recording as well as video version too.

2 replies on “The Five Mantras and Noble Eightfold Path”

This talk is very helpful and very practical. Listening to Thay’s talks, trying to absorb them and make them part of myself, I find they help my understanding of family members, and those with whom I come in contact. His talks offer wonderful tools for cultivating the garden of the human heart.

Thank You so much for this very intimate talk . I was especially touched by the part about dealing with frictions in a relation .

I wrote the five guidelines on a piece of paper and hung then on the mirror in our bathroom . So we will be remembered every morning when when refreshing ourselves in the morning.
We refresh our body and our relation every day..

I’m here for you.
My dear, I know you are there and I’m so happy.
My dear, I know you suffer and I am here for you
My dear, I am suffering and I want you to know.
I’m doing my best. Please help me.

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