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December 31, 2012. 120-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from Lower Hamlet at Plum Village in English. The sangha is in the 90-day Rains Retreat (Winter Retreat) and this is the special New Years Eve dharma talk (and the sixteenth dharma talk of the retreat with the theme Are You The Soulmate of the Buddha?).
Dear friends, please smile. You are online.
How do we go home? Home is in the hear and the now. It is the practice of healing. Every step is healing. Every breath is healing.
Nirvana is available in the here and now. Nirvana is cooling down. Cooling the fire of fear, afflictions, and wrong views. This is the Third Noble Truth. We do not need to die in order to touch nirvana. Nirvana is a state of no heat. We use the noble eightfold path. How do see the path? We need our six sense organs and our mind to experience nirvana. The Five Mindfulness Trainings help us experience the path.
Right View. Notions of being and non-being. Notions of birth and death.
Right Mindfulness. This allows you to be fully alive. It is an art of living.
Thank you to all who assist in maintaining the TNHAudio.org dharma doorway for us out here to receive Thay’s teachings! Much, much appreciation! Happy 2013 to all Online Monastery friends!
Thank you dear friend. Of course, Thay gives the talks and the monastics do the actual recording. I take care of this site by writing up a summary. It’s all a joy and I’m happy to know your appreciation. Enjoy 2013!