The White Clad Disciple


January 24, 2013. 67-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from Upper Hamlet at Plum Village. The sangha is in the 90-day Rains Retreat (Winter Retreat). This is the twenty-third dharma talk of the retreat with the theme Are You The Soulmate of the Buddha? The talk is given in Vietnamese and this is a translation provided by Sr. Chan Không.

We continue the teaching from the sutra on the white clad disciple – Upasaka Sutra, Madhyama Agama 128. The second Sutra we are learning is he teaching for those who are sick or those who are dying – Ekottara Agama 1.1, 8 (in consultation with Majjhima Nikaya 143 and Madhyama Agama 26). Both these texts are available in the Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book.

The laypeople only need to learn two teachings and they will be happy living in this very moment. The first is the five mindfulness training. And the second is the four recollections.

How do we skillfully practice? Dwelling happily in the present.

By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. I can only manage the lectures in English the translater is speaking so softly .sins listening and learning I have began to recovering from my illness,, having learned to sit ,relax ,
    and eat being a eurythmist, in the eurythmy lesson I teach ,,3 fold walking ,,which is the most healing thing Man can do for his health , it is connecting all aspects of life .Thich nhat Hahn is so right .!thank you for being on line .

  2. the translater is speaking too softly and without the correct intonation of the talk — it is impossible to hear this talk. I find most of the translated talks aren’t very good. This translator is especially bad.

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