Five Fingers Living in Harmony


July 12, 2013. 100-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from New Hamlet of Plum Village during the 2013 Summer Opening. This is the fourth talk of the summer and this is an English translation from the French. The recording begins with four chants followed by a talk for the children (at 16-minutes) and then the main talk begins (at 28-minutes).

You should plant this question in our heart. A question is a seed. It’s a lesson from when Thay was a boy. In my hand are five fingers and each finger has it’s name. They live in harmony. How are they a able to do that?

We continue from a few day ago (July 9) when we learned about the Sutra on the Full Awareness if Breathing.  The last time we covered the first eight exercises. First we review briefly with mind and store consciousness and the role of seeds. The practitioner had to be present I recognize the mental formation.

  • Recognize each mental formation
  • Beautify/Gladden the mind

Watering the good seeds, especially in our relationships. Maybe sign a peace and happiness treaty. How do we work with our mental formations to have a happy and healthy life?

First, we try not to water the seeds of suffering.  Second, if a seed if suffering exists then we can invite a wholesome seed to manifest. Third, when a good seed is manifesting, we try to maintain the positive energy. Fourth, we try to keep the good seeds alive. This is the practice if right diligence. The art of happiness.

The first aspect of the noble eightfold path is right view. The insight of interbeing acquired through meditation. This is followed by right thinking. Free of all notions. No discrimination. The third is right speech. With these we can practice loving speech and deep listening.  The Five Mindfulness Trainings are an expression of the Noble Eightfold Path.

Play

Just a simple monk!

Posted in Audio

Upgrading the Mindfulness Bell

Your support will help us to make sure the Mindfulness Bell is accessible to Sangha members around the world – online and in print – as a medium to sustain our community’s essence of brotherhood and sisterhood, and to nourish each other on the path of practice. Read more ››

A very important exercise is to eat in silence and calmness, even if only for a few minutes. It keeps us away from distractions that get in the way of having real contact with our food. — Thich Nhat Hanh

Plum Village Channels

Israeli Palestinian Retreat 2003


Watch on YouTube

Podcast

How Mindfulness Can Transform Movements for Racial Justice and Equality

The American Prospect - 2 weeks ago
The kind of mindfulness exemplified by Vietnamese...

Thich Nhat Hanh making "extraordinary progress," says Plum Village

Lion's Roar - 2 weeks ago
Following the statement shared here on February...

Thich Nhat Hanh continues to recover from a severe stroke

National Catholic Reporter (blog) - 2 weeks ago
According to a statement credited to Thich Nhat...

UPDATED: Thich Nhat Hanh drinks tea, smiles in rehab

Patheos (blog) - 2 weeks ago
In the update, Sister Chân Không, Thich Nhat...

Thich Nhat Hanh Making Steady Recovery

Tricycle (blog) - 2 weeks ago
More good news to report about the health of...

News via Google. See more news matching 'ThichNhatHanh'