Finding Our True Home Questions and Answers


October 15, 2013. 103-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California during the 2013 Nourishing Great Togetherness teaching tour. The sangha is on the 6-day retreat with the theme Finding Our True Home. Today we offer a session of questions and answers.

  1. How can I practice to have a connection with my father who has passed away? Also, can you talk about becoming a monastic?
  2. How can I stop being obsessed with playing video games?
  3. How do I practice compassion for those who are harmful to my family and friends?
  4. What is the purpose of doing good and creating happiness if they inter-are with suffering?
  5. How do I become more stable and confident in the decisions that I make and not to seek assurances from others?
  6. How do I work with having too much energy and a fear of burning myself out?
  7. I am fearful of the toxic air we are breathing, especially as it related to chem trails, and I am also angry. What can I do as an activist with these feelings?
  8. If I cause something and it doesn’t effect until the next life, who reaps the effects if there is no-self?
  9. I suffer from PSTD and I often wake up from nightmares. Are there practices I can do to work with my nightmares?
  10. I am new grandmother who’s heart has filled with love and a responsibility about the future for my grandchildren. I feel alone and fearful about the future.
  11. Seizing the moment for peace. Can you advise us on transforming our feelings of frustration to act for peace?
  12. How can I behave in a way so to not be a victim?

By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. Clicking the download links on the posts with my iphone or subscribing to the podcast via iTunes Store.

  2. I do know that itunes only plays a 30-second sample until you actually subscribe the podcast and then play through the podcast app on the iPhone. I’m not sure what to suggest.

  3. Will the website be posting the Dharma talk from October 16th? I was at the retreat at Deer Park Monastery, and certain portions of that day’s talk really touched my heart and was hoping to be able to listen to it again. Thank-you.

  4. Thanks for the reminder. For some reason I thought I’d already posted it. Oops. I’ll put it up soon. If you’re signed up for the email list (upper right) then you’ll get a notification.

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