From the Stillwater Meditation Hall at Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. This is the first question and answer session of the annual Summer Opening retreat at Plum Village. The talk is in English and both the audio and the video are available below. The questions are a little difficult to hear but they are included below for you to read.
Is it okay not to speak and still be understood?
What is happiness?
When we die, where does our spirit go?
A question about suffering, particularly those of animals and the environment. What is the most effective way to reduce this suffering?
Thay, do you feel old?
How can we practice with the escalating violence in the world and particularly in Israel and Palestinians?
How can I be in touch with the conditions of happiness and live with constant pain too?
At times when I feel truly mindful, I feel a special force or intuition. What is this – a coincidence?
There is the habit energy of running in every one of us. We tend to run to the futrue in order to look for happiness, peace and fulfillment. Many of us are caught in our regrets and sorrows concerning the past. You may have suffered a lot when you...