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Dharma Talks / Miracles of Reconciliation

Thich Nhat Hanh

August 11, 2011. 60-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this the third talk of the retreat.

Today we continue with the Noble Eightfold Path. Right Speech. Deep listening. The purpose of deep listening is to allow the other person, or group of people, to have a chance to speak out. Maybe nobody has listened to them and you may be the first person. They can empty their heart. Compassion can protect you, even if the other person is full of accusations, bitterness, and wrong perceptions. When we sit down and listen, we can follow our in breath and out breath to help the other person suffer less. The is the role of a bodhissatva. Every one of us has the seed of compassion inside. We can all benefit from this discipline of deep listening – we all have the seeds of compassion and understanding.

The dharma talk comes from the living experience of the teacher. The best way to listen to a dharma talk is not with your intellect – send your intellect on vacation and allow the dharma rain to penetrate the soil and it will water the best of the seeds in us. One of those seeds is awakening; enlightenment.

Right Diligence has four aspects. We need a little understanding of our mind in order to practice  true diligence. The mind has two layers: store consciousness and mind consciousness. The practice of diligence is to not allow those negative seeds inside of our store consciousness to manifest. In Buddhist psychology, there are 51 varieties of seeds . A seed can manifest as a mental formation.

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The Flower is Full of Everything

August 13, 2011. 86-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this is the final talk of the retreat. Exercises of mindful breathing from the Anapanasati Sutta: the first four are...

Thich Nhat Hanh

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A Deep Volition of Practice

August 12, 2011. 85-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this talk is a question and answer session. Children 1. How did it feel when you left your...

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Growing Corn

August 11, 2011. 26-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this talk is especially for the children. Story of corn seeds. Grain of corn to be planted and...

Thich Nhat Hanh

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If there is no death, there is no life

August 10, 2011. 52-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this talk is the second dharma talk. Thay speaks about the nature of life and death. “ We...

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Make Yourself Available

August 10, 2011. 22-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this talk is the first dharma talk for the children. Thay speaks about how to be truly present for...

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Handling Strong Emotions

August 9, 2011. 68-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour and this talk is the first dharma talk. Thay speaks about the first few steps of the mindfulness of breathing...

Thich Nhat Hanh

August 9, 2011

Listening to the Chant

August 8, 2011. 35-minute talk and chanting with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour. After a greeting and welcome, Thay introduces how to listen to chanting. We then hear the Namo’valokiteshvaraya chant. The...

Thich Nhat Hanh

August 8, 2011

Open Mind Open Heart Retreat: Orientation

August 8, 2011. 45-minute dharma talk with Thich Nhat Hanh from War Memorial Gym at University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada. The sangha is on the North American Tour. This retreat launches 3-months of touring in North America. We have over 800 people attending the retreat here in...

Thich Nhat Hanh

August 8, 2011

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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