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Understanding Our Mind: No Mud, No Lotus

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March 29, 2011. 140-minute dharma talk given in English, with consecutive translation into Thai, with Thich Nhat Hanh on the fifth day of the Understanding Our Mind retreat at Mahachulalongkornrajavidhayalaya Buddhist University (MCU) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thay speaks on the Four Noble Truths, on the interdependent nature of the mud and the lotus, transforming our compost into happiness. In the second half of the talk he goes into a detailed discussion of the Thirty Verses of Vasubandhu, focusing on the nature of manana (manas) and its characteristic, and how mindfulness can help transform the mind at the base so that manas may become the wisdom of non-discrimination.

The talk was given in English and Thai at the same time and is available below for listening or download. You may also view the video.

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