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Auspicious Signs

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December 10, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at New Hamlet, Temple of Loving Kindness, Plum Village.

The fourth talk (72 minutes) continues where we left off with the December 3 dharma talk on exploring the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign) this Winter Retreat.

Here we review the 10th, 11th, and 12th gathas of the discourse. Topics include vegetarianism, chastity, wisdom, faith (one of the Five Sources of Power), equanimity.

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A Happy Moment Continues

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December 3, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at New Hamlet, Temple of Loving Kindness, Plum Village.

We took a slight detour by posting the December 6 (see Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks to World Leaders) talk first because it was important to hear that talk during the time of the world events. We now resume the dharma talks for the Winter Retreat on the topic of happiness.

This talk continues where we left off on November 29 (see This Moment is a Happy Moment) with the comparison of two versions of the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign). It begins with a scholarly discussion of early Buddhist history as it relates to the texts we are reviewing.

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Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks to World Leaders

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December 6, 2009 dharma talk from Plum Village given by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) to world leaders, spiritual leaders, political leaders and to us.

Thay uses the familiar language of our basic practice like sitting meditation, walking meditation, the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and a collective awakening to send a message to world leaders meeting in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (December 7-18) and those in Melbourne for the Parliament of the World Religions (December 3-9)

We hear the Five Mindfulness Trainings and further discussion on their meaning and practice for peace, love, happiness, and helping to save the planet.

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This Moment is a Happy Moment

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November 29, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at the Dharma Nector Temple, Lower Hamlet, Assembly of Stars Meditation Hall Plum Village.

This is the second dharma talk of the 2009-2010 Winter Retreat taking place at Plum Village in France.

This talk begins a comparison of two versions of the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign). In our tradition, we use the Mahamangala Sutta, Sutta Nipata 2.4 translated from the Pali Canon. It is available in our Chanting from the Heart text. At the retreat, Thay has distributed another version from the Chinese Canon (Dhamapada 210-213). Thay also mentions Sarvastivada briefly.

As a reminder, suffering and happiness are deeply linked, like mud and the lotus.

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The Art of Happiness

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November 26, 2009. Translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong. New Hamlet. Plum Village.

This is the first dharma talk of the 2009-2010 Winter Retreat taking place at Plum Village in France. It is the fourth day of this annual 90-day retreat. The topic for the retreat is The Art of Happiness.

In this talk Thay begins our exploration of happiness by drawing a direct connection to suffering. It is linked to the practice with our feelings.

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Cultivating Peace, Joy, and Happiness

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November 19, 2009 dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh from New Hamlet in Plum Village.

In this talk Thay demonstrates the importance of gathas, short verses for practice, in the cultivating of peace, joy, and happiness.

Water flows from high in the mountains.
Water runs deep in the Earth
Miraculously, water comes to us,  and sustains all life.

During the second part of the talk, we hear about the first few exercises from the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing.

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Winter Retreat is Coming

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A dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Dharma Nectar Temple and Assembly of Stars Meditation Hall, Plum Village.

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The Three Jewels

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A dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh on November 12, 2009 at New Hamlet, Plum Village. In this short talk Thay explores taking refuge in the Three Jewels and being an island unto oneself.

Being an island unto myself
As an island unto myself

Buddha is my mindfulness
Shining near, shining far

Dharma is my breathing
Guarding body and mind
I am free

Sangha is my five skandhas
Working in harmony

Taking refuge in myself
Coming back to myself

I am free

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Deep Desire: Spiritual Strength

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A dharma talk given on November 5, 2009 in the Full Moon Meditation Hall at New Hamlet, Plum Village.

In this talk, Thich Nhat Hanh explore the idea of aspiration. He also suggests a new part to the Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony liturgy.

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