The following videos are from our Spring 2012 Retreat with Dharma Teacher Chan Huy.
April 4, 2010. This 65-minute dharma talk was given by Thich Nhat Hanh in Dharma Cloud Temple, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. Some of the themes explored in this dharma talk are: It's spring time and every flower is open. Your heart is like a flower. Let your heart be open like a flower. The Kingdom is here and now. Right Thinking. We suffer because we don't know how to think. What is Right Thinking? Our environment is created by our Right Thinking. You can be protected by the right environment to transform your suffering. The Upper Hamlet is a product of all of us who want to create a right environment with the collective energy of mindfulness. Thinking is already acting. In Buddhism we speak of retribution; the retribution of our action. Karma. Our action consists of thinking, speaking, and doing. There are two aspects of retribution. The first result is our five skandhas.
March 14, 2010. A short 55-minute dharma talk given in English by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village. This talk is given a month after the end of the Winter Retreat and also the annual period a rest. Spring is beginning to arrive in Plum Village and our Teacher reminds us this is a moment of happiness. The focus of this talk is our feelings – painful, neutral, and pleasant feelings. Short, simple and clear. Please enjoy.
Thay Thich Nhat Hanh offers a special Dharma Talk to the 2009 Parliament of World Religions being held in Melbourne Australia. This very special and powerful talk, transmitted by video to hundereds of people in Australia, opens the doors of practice available through the Five Mindfulness Trainings. The Five Mindfulness Trainings offer a concrete path of practice that can lead to a collective awakening, that can transforming our hatred, fear and greed, in turn bringing healing to ourselves and our planet, solving the problems of climate change, terrorism, and poverty at their root
In this talk given at Stonehill College during the 2009 U.S. Tour, Thay shares on three themes: the beauty and importance of the sangha; transforming mano; and the 16 Exercises of Mindful Breathing. Beginning with a teaching for the children on the wonders of the true sangha, Thay shares the value of sangha building and how the sangha can bring joy, peace and hope to our society. In the second part of the dharma talk, Thay teaches about the relationship of mind consciousness and store consciousness to mano. Characterized by attachment, clinging and delusion, mano manifests in six ways: seeking pleasure; avoiding suffering; ignoring the dangers of seeking pleasure; ignoring the goodness of suffering; ignoring the law of moderation; and always trying to own and possess. His teachings show us how to use mind consciousness and meditation to transform mano and relieve our suffering. In the final portion of his talk, Thay introduces the 16 Exercises of Mindful Breathing and how they apply to the four realms of Body, Feeling, Mind and Object of Mind. He uses many of his classic stories to illuminate teachings on happiness, impermanence, the wisdom of non-discrimination, and the true nature of birth and death.