Dharma Talks / 🎄 Inner Peace This Holiday Season: Come Home, Smile to Yourself & Be There for Others

Br Pháp Hữu

This Dharma Talk is the ninth talk of the Rains’ Retreat 2023 Sunday Talk series and part of the week-long Christmas retreat with the title “Coming Home to Peace”.

0:27: 🕯️ Brother Phap Huu shares about the practice of mindfulness as a way to find inner peace and healing, especially during the holiday season.
• 0:27: Mindfulness as a source of inner light and warmth
• 3:59: Learning to slow down and be present in the moment
• 7:23: Recognizing and embracing unpleasant emotions during the holiday season
• 9:00: Finding home within oneself and offering kindness to oneself

9:40: 🤳 Brother Phap Huu shares about the importance of mindfulness, self-care, and non-material offerings in the context of consumerism.
• 9:40: Mindfulness and self-care are essential for taking care of oneself and loved ones.
• 10:03: Brother Phap Huu emphasizes the need to recognize and appreciate positive qualities within ourselves and others.
• 10:53: Consumerism and marketing influence our desire for material possessions, leading to a sense of emptiness.
• 13:43: Generosity, gratitude, and mindful presence are highlighted as important qualities to cultivate.
• 17:44: Deep listening and loving speech are promoted as ways to offer true presence to others.

17:59: 🌱 Brother Phap Huu emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance, forgiveness, patience, and cultivating qualities like kindness and courage in our spiritual practice.
• 19:06: Practicing self-acceptance and forgiveness
• 21:01: Cultivating patience and courage
• 22:58: Supporting loved ones in their suffering with mindfulness and courage
• 26:31: Practicing reflection and avoiding quick conclusions

27:13: 🗻 Brother Phap Huu emphasizes the importance of cultivating stillness and mindfulness to make decisions and offer love and presence to oneself and others.
• 27:13: Importance of reflecting and making decisions with stillness
• 28:40: Recognizing the individual’s desire and promoting togetherness in decisions
• 29:39: Identifying and addressing grumpiness, agitation, and lack of space
• 36:25: The symbolism of a burning candle as a metaphor for offering energy and warmth to others

37:45: 🙏 Brother Phap Huu emphasizes the interconnectedness of our actions, the importance of mindfulness, and the joy of serving others.
• 39:27: Kindness and generosity as sources of joy and gratitude
• 40:23: Mind of love and serving others
• 43:04: Joy in serving others and finding energy in collective community

45:03: 😌 Our brother shares about the art of dwelling happily in the present moment and the interbeing between suffering and happiness.
• 45:03: The practice of nurturing selflessness and being less selfish leads to richness and openness.
• 46:05: The capacity to dwell happily in the present moment is a continuous journey of growth and transformation.
• 51:04: Suffering is seen as a means to understand deeply and grow, leading to compassion and inclusivity.

52:27: 🌟 Brother Phap Huu shares about the importance of letting go and embracing challenges in the practice of Buddhism.
• 52:27: Importance of embracing challenges and suffering in the practice
• 59:45: Letting go as a power and energy in the practice
• 1:00:06: Encouragement to paint a new story in the present moment

1:00:51: 🕊️ A message of unity, mindfulness, and peace in the face of suffering and war.
• 1:00:51: Introduction to the spiritual community and the aspiration for mindfulness and love
• 1:01:10: Embracing diversity and practicing together to nurture mindfulness
• 1:03:19: Teaching on the interconnectedness of all beings and actions
• 1:05:21: Acknowledgment of online viewers and a call for collective mindfulness and peace
• 1:05:36: Offering a song as a prayer for those suffering in the Middle East
• 1:07:31: Expressing the longing for peace and land amidst the refugee crisis

1:09:37: 🎶 A song of prayer for hope and salvation in the midst of despair and struggle at sea – based on Thay’s poem.

This Dharma Talk was recorded on the 24th of December 2023 in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village (France). It is the ninth talk of the Rains’ Retreat 2023 Sunday Talk series and part of the week-long Christmas retreat with the title “Coming Home to Peace”.

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