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Sr Hội Nghiêm


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“Mindfulness of breathing is the great vehicle used by buddhas to save beings who are drifting.” – Master Khương Tăng Hội

Meditation Master Khương Tăng Hội, the first patriarch of Zen in Vietnam, was a great source of inspiration for our teacher Thầy to practice and develop Engaged Buddhism.

In this talk by Sr. Hội Nghiêm (English translation by Sr. Lăng Nghiêm) on the master’s Memorial Day, we learn how mindful breathing helps us to take care of our body and mind, to gradually let go of all afflictions and views that bind us. Practicing mindfulness in our daily life enables us to keep balance on our path of service. As our hearts become more free, our activism also gains a new, deeper dimension.

Sources:
Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness: https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-the-four-establishments-of-mindfulness/

Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing: https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-the-full-awareness-of-breathing/

Master Tăng Hội, book written by Thầy:
https://plumvillage.org/books/master-tang-hoi/

To watch the talk in Vietnamese (xem pháp thoại tiếng việt):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh2Bvs9KcBs

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