Dharma Talks / Ethics, Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths

Thich Nhat Hanh

What are the roots of our personal sufferings and the pains of the world? We bring our mind home to re-examine our sufferings, to find a path. How to act. What we ought to do. What we ought to be.

Join us in reflecting and applying Thay’s 2008-09 teachings on a Buddhist contribution toward a Global Ethic – made available for the first time with English subtitles.

Short excerpt of the talk (English)
https://plumvillage.org/articles/seeing-the-roots-of-suffering-and-a-path-of-transformation

This is the first talk of the series, which the community in Plum Village France watched on the 25th of October 2023.

Original Date: 2008.11.20

1:55: 🙏 Lay practitioners join monastics for the Rains retreat, marking an improvement in participation.

  • 1:55: Lay practitioners join the three months Rains retreat with monastics in Plum Village and Germany.
  • 3:02: In the Buddha’s time, the Rains retreat was only for monastics, but now lay friends are also participating.

10:08: 🔔 The video emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and being present in the moment to find happiness.

  • 10:08: Mindfulness and being present lead to happiness
  • 10:34: Taking time for daily activities can bring peace and happiness
  • 11:57: The sound of the bell brings the speaker back to their true home

18:58: 🌿 The three-month retreat focuses on finding presence and happiness through the path of the Buddha.

  • 20:14: The theme for the three-month retreat is ‘The Path of the Buddha’ and the pursuit of happiness and transformation of suffering.

30:30: 📚 The retreat emphasizes deep contemplation over extensive reading, with a focus on a global ethic declaration from the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

  • 30:30: The emphasis is on deep contemplation rather than extensive reading, in contrast to university study.
  • 32:07: The retreat will provide minimal reading materials, including a 10-page declaration from the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

44:30: 🌟 The video discusses the concept of virtues and the path of virtuous conduct in Eastern philosophy.

  • 44:30: The Eastern definition of ‘luân lý’ and ‘đạo đức’ emphasizes virtues that lead to happiness and prevent suffering for oneself and others.
  • 45:18: The term ‘đạo đức’ can be translated as the path and virtues that guide behavior and actions.
  • 46:27: The World Honored One’s enlightenment led to immediate focus on the path of virtuous conduct.

55:20: 🚶‍♂️ The Buddha’s journey from Bodhgaya to Deer Park in search of his five old spiritual friends.

  • 55:20: The Buddha walked from Bodhgaya to Deer Park in search of his five old spiritual friends, taking at least two weeks.
  • 56:19: The sangha went by bus from Sarnath to the Bodhi Tree, a trip that took six hours, while the Buddha had walked mindfully from the Bodhi Tree to Deer Park.
  • 56:58: The Buddha set out to find his five friends at Deer Park after hearing they were there.

1:07:57: ⚖️ Ethics and morality guide us to recognize and resolve suffering, rather than just proving its existence.

  • 1:07:57: Ethics and morality help us recognize and resolve suffering.
  • 1:08:14: Instead of focusing on the universe, we should re-examine our own sufferings.
  • 1:09:18: The Buddha’s intention was not to prove everything is suffering, but to acknowledge its presence.

1:17:34: 🌊 Growing old is a wonderful journey, and illness can provide insight and strengthen the immune system.

  • 1:17:34: Growing old is wonderful, like a river reflecting the sky and clouds.
  • 1:18:31: Illness can provide insight and strengthen the immune system.
  • 1:19:05: Childhood illness helps build a strong immune system.

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