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Christmas eve talk- The true spirit of giving

Br Phap Lai gives the Christmas Eve talk on embracing the suffering that may come up during Christmas celebrations as well as the true spirit of giving. Br Phap Lai shares a story of being embraced by the collective energy of the community on Christmas eve while he was...

Br Pháp Lai

December 24, 2019

Taking care of Mother Earth

Br Phap Lai teaches on protecting Mother Earth. Protecting Mother Earth was one of Thay’s greatest teaching. He had the courage to love Mother Earth and face her suffering. In Thay’s book, Love Letter to the Earth, and his calligraphy “I am in love with Mother Earth”, he asks...

Br Pháp Lai

October 20, 2019

Wake Up Earth “Taking Care of our Mind”

Br. Phap Lai talks about having gratitude for simple things. It is easy to take things for granted when they are abundant. With mindfulness, when we are aware of impermanence, we learn to cherish our relationships and time we have left to live. Mindfulness itself is a source of...

Br Pháp Lai

August 11, 2019

Mindfulness as a Source of Happiness

Br Phap Lai started the talk with the song “In, Out, Deep, Slow”. He then explained what is mindfulness. The practice of mindful breathing helps us release the tension in our body, and to generate feelings of joy and happiness. We come to Plum Village with a common intention:...

Br Pháp Lai

July 14, 2019

Motivation and Obstacles in the Practice

Br Phap Lai talks about examining our motivation to practice on the spiritual path and working with the obstacles that prevent us from having a deep practice. Br Phap Lai shares how the Buddha gave up great power and privilege which would have enabled him to do much good,...

Br Pháp Lai

January 31, 2019

Reverence for Life and Generosity

The three month retreat is drawing to an end, and many retreatants have been able to experience community living in Plum Village. In community living we learn many things such as living in harmony, loving speech, letting go of preferences, non-judgement and to see the suffering of another. Living...

Br Pháp Lai

December 9, 2018

Taking Care of Strong Emotions

This is the last talk in the first week of the summer retreat 2018. The first part of the talk is for children. Dear children, do you ever got angry, bored, sad? Learn how not to be overwhelmed by emotions. Close your eyes, sit up straight, your back like...

Br Pháp Lai

July 12, 2018

Peace & Profound Joy

What is more important than peace? It is the capacity to enjoy peace. The conditions for peace and joy may be there already. But are we able to touch them? In this festive season, there are many conditions for joy. There are the joys of sensual pleasures, which are...

Br Pháp Lai

December 27, 2017

Letting Go – A Factor of Enlightenment

Letting go can be an attitude in every element of our daily life, of our practice. Gently, we bring our awareness to what is happening in this moment. Walking in the woods, when we stop, we start to hear the life around us. In the same way, we gently...

Br Pháp Lai

October 1, 2017
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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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