Non-Dualistic View of Bodhisattva Gaia


December 1, 2011. 98-minute dharma talk from Upper Hamlet of Plum Village, France. This is the third talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong.

Thay shares about truly being present when we touch the Earth while practicing walking meditation, about not getting caught in a dualistic view of nature and the Earth. “The Earth has many good qualities: solidity, endurance, and the capacity to embrace all things. When we feel lost we can go back to our mother, the Earth. When can call her Bodhisattva Gaia. The sun is like Vairocana Tathagata. Aware of the Earth and Sun like that, every step is nourishing, every step is healing.”

At about 52-minutes into the talk, Thay continues his teaching on the Yogacarabhumi Sastra, explaining Verse 6-9 of the Paramartha Gathas.

By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. I am sad, as I am not able to clearly hear Sister give the English translations – what she says is not loud enough, and is garbled by what Thay is speaking louder.  Thank you for trying though!

  2. Dear Deb. Are you trying to listen to the audio recording or to the video recording. The audio is ENGLISH ONLY and is very clear. Please note that the translation doesn’t begin until 2-minutes into the recording. I hope this helps.

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