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Dharma Talks / Applying Buddhist Teachings to the Classroom

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 2, 2012. 115-minute dharma talk given at The American School in London by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is part four (and final part) of the Educators’ Retreat: An Exploration of Mindful Education .

Memorizing gathas to help us establish mindfulness. There are four domains of mindfulness: body, feelings, mental formations, and objects of mind. Mindfulness can help us be together in these four realms. Once we have established mindfulness, we can have concentration. The final kind of energy is insight – this can liberate you from your fear. This is not the product of your thinking, it is the insight of Interbeing. True education should be based in this insight of Interbeing.

In order to see things, we need an organ (for example, the nose to receive oder). The organ of thinking it is called manas, and there is a lot of mis-perception in this organ. For example, the view of a separate self – this is at the base of all our complexes (inferiority, superiority, and equality). We can use mindfulness to gain the insight of non-discrimination. In the field of education, it is the same thing. The happiness of the students is the happiness of the teacher. We need non-discrimination to enjoy the teaching and the learning.

In the teaching of the four noble truths, the first truth is there is suffering. In education, the first thing we should do is identify the suffering and acknowledge it to each other. We have to see the truth so that real change can happen through a collective awakening. Thay continues with the application of the second, third, and fourth noble truth in our lives.

We learn about what is meant by sangha and how it can be applied to the community of teachers. What is suffering and why is it important? The last part of the talk looks closely at the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Happy teachers will know how to generate understanding and love that will help the younger generation change the world.

A video version may be available.

— More from 2012 UK Tour

The Noble Eightfold Path

April 15, 2012. 106-minute recording given at Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Ireland by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the third (and final) dharma talk for the Mindful Living Today retreat. Thay begins with an explanation of no-birth and no-death,...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 15, 2012

Inclusiveness is the Love of Jesus

April 14, 2012. 95-minute recording given at Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Ireland by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the second dharma talk for the Mindful Living Today retreat. We begin with a new chant with the inviting the bell...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 14, 2012

Being a Better Christian through Mindfulness

April 13, 2012. 99-minute recording given at Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Ireland by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the first dharma talk for the Mindful Living Today retreat. We begin with a teaching for the children on pepple meditation...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 13, 2012

Ireland Retreat: Orientation

April 12, 2012. 112-minute recording given at Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Ireland by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is orientation for the Mindful Living Today retreat. Everyone is capable of generating mindfulness. But many of are caught by the past...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 12, 2012

Cooling the Flames in Dublin

April 11, 2012. 160-minute recording given at he Dublin Convention Centre by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the public talk in Ireland. Though it has been over twenty years, this is Thay’s second trip to Ireland. The recording begins...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 11, 2012

Nottingham Retreat: Final Talk

April 10, 2012. 97-minute recording given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is final dharma talk for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat . In this talk we review the 16-exercises from the Sutra on the...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 10, 2012

Nottingham Retreat: Question & Answer Session

April 9, 2012. 118-minute recording given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the question and answer session for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat. After the monastics do chanting, the questions begin about 12-minutes into...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 9, 2012

Are dreams important?

Thay answers questions on 21 June 2014. Question 14 ~~~~ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FzEO/ Topics: mindfulness, buddhism, thich nhat hanh, thay, nottingham, dream, meaning, interpretation, consciousness, suffering

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 9, 2012

What is the meaning of life the universe and everything?

Thay answers questions on 21 June 2014. Question 6 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FzEE/ Topics: mindfulness, buddhism, thich nhat hanh, thay, plum village, teenager, teen, meaning of life, universe, 42, wonder, ideas, signlessness, here and now, meditation, understanding

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 9, 2012

Has Thay ever hurt someone on purpose?

Thay answers questions on 21 June 2014. Question 2 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FzEA/ Topics: mindfulness, children, kids, thich nhat hanh, thay, plum village, q&a, hurt, agression, intention, suffer, ignorance

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 9, 2012

Did Thay suffer when he started learning meditation?

Thay answers questions on 21 June 2014. Question 4 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FzEC/ Topics: mindfulness, thich nhat hanh, thay, plum village, children, kids, meditation, suffering, beginner, gatha, verse, recitation, compassion, happiness

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April 9, 2012

What if you are afraid to disagree with people? |

Thay answers questions on 21 June 2014. Question 16 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FzET/ Topics: mindfulness, thich nhat hanh, thay, nottingham, anxiety, conflict, disagree, perception, understanding, compassion, the way, skilfull means

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 9, 2012

Repairing the Past

April 8, 2012. 115-minute recording given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is third dharma talk for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat . We begin with Br. Phap Trien singing with the children, Sr. Chan...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 8, 2012

Hands Practicing Non-Violence

April 7, 2012. 130-minute recording given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is second dharma talk for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat. We begin with the new chant by Br. Phap Linh called “Praising the...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 7, 2012

Cultivating Happiness with the Bell

April 6, 2012. 115-minute dharma talk given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the first dharma talk for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat. The recording begins with a couple of practice songs before Thay...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 6, 2012

A Cultivated Mind Can Bring Happiness

April 5, 2012. 125-minute dharma talk given at The University of Nottingham by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is orientation for the Cultivating Happiness Family Retreat. We begin with an introduction to chanting. By recognizing the suffering in ourselves and...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 5, 2012

Happy Teachers will Change the World

April 1, 2012. 67-minute dharma talk given at The American School in London by Thich Nhat Hanh. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is part three of the Educators’ Retreat: An Exploration of Mindful Education . The first few minutes the audio is bad but then...

Thich Nhat Hanh

April 1, 2012

Taking Care of the Teacher

March 31, 2012. 53-minute dharma talk given at The American School in London by two senior dharma teachers. The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is part two of the Educators’ Retreat: An Exploration of Mindful Education . Normally this site would only post talks given by...

Thich Nhat Hanh

March 31, 2012

Orientation for Educators’ Retreat

March 30, 2012. 64-minute dharma talk and orientation by Thich Nhat Hanh from The American School in London . The sangha is on the UK and Ireland Tour and this is the orientation for the Educators’ Retreat: An Exploration of Mindful Education . A video version may also be...

Thich Nhat Hanh

March 30, 2012

True Peace and Happiness

March 29, 2012. 73-minute talk from the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. The sangha is on a tour of the United Kingdom and this is the first public event. The recording here is the main talk of the evening activities. We focus our attention on our breath. One...

Thich Nhat Hanh

March 29, 2012

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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