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November 1, 2012. 76-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from New Hamlet at Plum Village. The sangha is enjoying the Autumn Retreat and this is a Day of Mindfulness. This is the 8th, and final, dharma talk of the fall retreat. Thay begins with a short review of what’s been covered in the last four weeks.
Today we will look more deeply into the nature of our birth and our death. We begin with an analysis of a cloud. What is a cloud and when does it exist? We have to look at the cloud with eyes of signlessness. The rain is the new form of the cloud. How do we appy this to our own being? Is there really birth and death? There is only continuation.
Collective action. In Buddhism, the notion of action is very important. It is called karma. Triple action: thought, speech, and action. With mindfulness we can recognize our thoughts and make a decision that they produce healing and reconciliation. In order to so, we need Right View and Right Understanding. What is the connection between birth, death, and karma?
We need mindfulness and concentration to gain the insight if Right View. Birth and death inter-are with each other. Thay teaches briefly on each of the other elements of the Noble Eightfold Path.
Is there a way to listen to these talks?
All these talks are posted right here on this site. At the bottom of each posting is a link to download or you can play right on the page.
I’m also not seeing the link for the audio or download. Is it possible it is not showing because of an ad blocking program?
Yes, that’s very odd. I’ll need to look into this further. Until then, if you go to the main home page (http://tnhaudio.wpengine.com) the link does appear correctly there (you’ll need to scroll down a little to see it). Wish me luck resolving.
The download option has now been revealed on this page and the page you linked me too has both download options and streaming options. Thank you so much, my students will be very pleased!
I manually inserted it here on this page. It doesn’t really explain why it stopped working in the first place. After running a few tests I haven’t found a solution yet.