The Stream of Our Ancestors


January 15, 2012. 94-minute dharma talk from Lower Hamlet of Plum Village, France. The sangha is in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan KhongIn Plum Village we have a gatha, a short poem of practice, that we can use when walking and breathing. It is an art and it can bring us peace.

The Buddha is breathing.
The Buddha is sitting.

Don’t try to look outside yourself. There is no separate self, there are only the five Skandhas: form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and conciousness. All our suffering is based in this idea of a separate self.

I accept myself and I am a part of the stream of my ancestors. I accept this stream. We can go together, thanks to mindfulness, we can recieve these qualities both good and bad. We don’t judge ourselves harshly. We accept, and we apply this to other people as well.

We continue the sutra study (@ 56-minutes) with gatha 38-41. We are studying the Paramartha Gathas, from the Yogacarabhumi Sastra of Asanga. This is the twelfth talk on this sutra.


By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.

1 comment

  1. grandpa showed me



    grandpa showed me how to witch for a

    to lop a branch from a willow tree near
    the base of a second crotch,

    trim back to the next fork, then
    measure a hand’s length along each run and cut


    the result, a “Y” shaped tool fit to
    meet the maker’s measure


    he said to choose a time from one to
    three days before a full moon

    he said that period swelled the waters,
    ran them faster through the veins

    made it easier to feel the coldness

    to see the flow

    know its strength, its distance

    from the surface


    my grandpa

    his grandpa’s grandpa  (and his
    grandpa’s grandpa)

        flow deep below the surface



    for me to find the tools necessary to build my aging bridge

    reaching down and down thru spiral caverns emerging to a
    damp fog haze

    a sacred entry to a holy mountain range

        where I meet them face to
    face to face


    yes, grandpa showed me how to search and find the water for
    a well




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