All our recent dharma talks and Question & Answer sessions within the Plum Village tradition can now also be found on your favourite podcast platform.
This is a Noble Moment — Br Pháp Dung — Plum Village France
Learning About True Compassion — Sr Lăng Nghiêm
“Compassion is the intention and the capacity to relieve suffering in the world.” This dharma talk was given on Thursday, 8 June in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, during a retreat for young people who have grown up away from home.
Monastic-Led Deep Relaxation: Embodying Mother Earth
Br. Thien Duc with music by Srs. Hien Tam & Hieu Duc This guided meditation was offered in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village (France) during the Climate Retreat in autumn 2023. Any place where you find yourself listening to this, can be your meditation hall :)
Finding Our True Home — Sr Định Nghiêm
Where is our true home? Is it a particular place with particular people within a particular culture? What if we had to leave our “home”? Or lost the people we held most dear? Or grew up in a culture vastly different to that of our parents’? In this deeply moving talk, Sister Dinh Nghiem (“Adornment with Concentration”) shares her experience as a child of a refugee family, the death of her father, finding Thay as her teacher and touching peace in the practice of dwelling truly in the present moment. The talk was given as part of a themed retreat for young people of Asian heritage who were born or grew up in the west. __________________________________________________________________ this talk was recorded in Lower Hamlet, Plum Village France on 4th June 2023.
Recognising and Embracing our Emotions in the Present Moment — Br Pháp Hữu — Plum Village France
By becoming mindful of our emotions we can respond appropriately instead of reacting to a challenging situation. This is the art of mindfulness that we can cultivate in our daily life, to be the change we want to see in the world.
Breathe as a Free Person, Walk as a Free Person — Thich Nhat Hanh
Freedom is possible with our mindful breathing and mindful walking.
Breathe in and focus your attention on your in-breath. Your in-breath becomes the only object of your mind, you are concentrated on your in-breath, you are mindful of your in-breath. You release the past, the future and your worries and you become a free person. If you want to keep that freedom, you can breathe out mindfully. Breathing out, you focus your concentration on your out-breath.
One breath can bring you home to ther here and the now. One step can also bring you home to the here and the now. From the parking lot to the office, you may like to walk in such a way that every step release the tension in your body. Every step bring you home to the here and the now so you can touch the wonders of life available in you and around you.
The seventh exercise of mindful breathing is to recognize the painful feeling in us. Breathing in, I am aware of the painful feeling in me. Breathing out, I smile to the painful feeling in me. The eighth exercise is to calm down the painful feeling. Mindfulness is like a mother holding the child of suffering. The first thing you do is to use the energy of mindfulness to recognize the painful feeling. The second thing is to use mindfulness to embrace the painful feeling tenderly.
Exercise five is to generate a feeling of joy. Exercise six is to generate happiness. A good practitioner can always generate a feeling of joy and happiness whenever he or she wants.
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