English/French Plum Village Retreats

Waking Up This Morning, I Smile


July 27, 2011. 31-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh, translated from the French by Sr. Pine, from Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, France. The sangha is in the annual Summer Opening Retreat and this talk is for the children.

Before the talk, the Italian Sangha and Joe Reilly & Friends offer versions of Thay’s poem on the Buddha breathing.

In the talk, Thay offers the children another poem that they may recite in the morning: “Waking up this morning, I smile / Twenty-four brand new hours are before me / I vow to go through them in mindfulness / And look on all beings with eyes of compassion.” He talks about his years as a young novice learning poems like these, and how happy he was to grow up in an environment of music and poetry.

The talk was given in French and the English translation is available below. There is a video version available too.