This is a Legendary Moment

This is the first dharma talk of the The Mind of Love Transforms All Difficulties retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village in France. The talk is given in English with consecutive translation into Italian. In this short talk (30-minutes) on August 28, 2014, Thay teaches on the mind of love of the relationship between suffering and happiness followed by chanting with the monks and nuns. Both the audio and the video are available below.

The mind of love is a tremendous source of energy. Can we look inside and recognize the mind of love? What is it? What is our deepest desire? To relieve the suffering in the world is a good desire. And understanding is the foundation of love.

How can we wake up to be a Buddha? We have to wake up in order to help others who are suffering. To wake up to the beauties of nature and heal yourself. And to wake up to the suffering of the world and to help. That is the career of the Buddha.

The art of happiness and the art of suffering. What is the connection between happiness and suffering? The practice of mindfulness. How do we help the other person to suffer less?

Who is Avaloketeshvara?

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4 Replies to “This is a Legendary Moment”

  1. Beautiful message, music and chanting. I am new to this practice so would someone please write down the words they were chanting and the translation? Thank you. Also who is Avaloketeshvara?

  2. Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Deep Listening. A bodhisattva is literally “enlightened being,” one committed to enlightening oneself and others so that all may be liberated from suffering.

    The chant is simply her name along with namo which is a phrase uttered when paying homage or respect to someone or something.

    The actual words are “Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya” repeated.

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