Our Nature is Non-Local


July 12, 2011. 111-minute Dharma Talk in English given by Thich Nhat Hanh at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, France. This is the first question and answer session of the Summer Opening Retreat.

Thay takes questions from the children, the young adults, and from other retreatants.

Why do people lie? Why does anger come with sadness? Why do we so easily mixup sexual desire and love? How can we reconcile with someone we’ve hurt? How practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the corporate world? Why would someone want to be born into a world of suffering? How do we practice when we still are caught in the idea of having a separate personality? Is Thay a realized Buddha? How do we practice to forgive ourselves? How can we maintain our practice when we live in a place lacking compassion, without a Sangha? How can we make sense of the death of a child before they are born? How can we find happiness again?

The talk was given in English and is available below. There is a video version available too.


By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. Hello there – just to let you know the talk for 9July has inadvertently been added twice, instead of 9th and 12th. Many thanks for taking the time to give us these talks from the Summer Opening, also the Spring Retreat and all your notes – much appreciated as ever – I love them all, including Thay’s talks for the monastics, its lovely to hear Thay giving so many different angles, each retreat is different yet essentially the same. Trish  

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