The Practice of True Presence


This is the second dharma talk of the “The Mind of Love Transforms All Difficulties” retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh at the New Hamlet of Plum Village in France. The talk is given in English with consecutive translation into Italian. In this very short talk on August 29, 2014, Thay teaches on the elements of love and the four mantras. Both the audio and the video are available below.

Mind of love – bodhicitta. Why not the heart? Bodhi is to wake up. It begins with understanding the suffering in ourselves and then we can begin to see the suffering in the other person. Then we can help him or her to suffer less.  What is love? Love me to be there. The practice of mindful breathing and mindful walking can help us to be there for ourselves and for our loved ones. What are the elements of true presence? Am I a true lover?  You can answer this question yourself by looking to see if you have these four elements.

The four mantras of Plum Village.

By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. Although it is short, this is a very inspiring talk. I would like to thank the translator, whose clear, simple Italian is easy to follow even for someone like me who speaks very little Italian. Somehow, the interplay between the two languages deepens the meaning of the talk.

  2. Very useful talk. Meditation that is useful for every day life rather than philosophy and academic meaning. Get well soon thay Peter stanford

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