We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. In the book, Blooming of the Lotus, there are simple exercises for following our breathing that build and expand upon the Buddha’s teachings on the Sixteen Exercises of Mindful Breathing. Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness is a series of translated letters from 1968 -- written while exiled from Vietnam -- instructing young monks overseas on meditation. At 38-minutes we switch to sutra study. We sit straight, but relaxed. To help us to love. It is not for the future. Many people were so upset by the helicopters and Thay reminded everyone that this too can be a bell of mindfulness. This is the fourth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. Learn how your comment data is processed. A Guide to Walking Meditation . There is a video version available too. July 8, 2011. In short, single-paragraph chapters, Nhat Hanh shares detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises and visualizations, as well as his own personal stories and insights. That's a bit misleading. Thay also shares about arriving at every moment and every step, printing your seal of arrival on the Earth, how the Buddha is not a God but a human being like us, how there is no happiness without freedom, and no lotus without mud, how we can generate a collective energy of mindfulness by practicing together as brothers and sisters in the practice, how everyone is a Sangha-builder in his or her way of breathing and walking, how to exercise our sovereignty, how if you feel comfortable in the here and the now you are already home, and how to become solidly established in the here and the now. And if we can answer the second question, then there is no need to answer the previous question. 55-minute Dharma Talk in English, given by Thich Nhat Hanh Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France. I enjoy sitting. First Tuesday Format. In. There’s an art to sitting in such a way that we can feel relaxed, at peace and at ease. When listening to a dharma talk, walking, eating, cleaning the toilet, or sitting meditation, this is dharma happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, poet, peace activist, and the author of over 100 books and numerous Sounds True learning programs, including The Art of Mindful Living and Living Without Stress or Fear. This pocket-sized book is perfect for those brand new to sitting meditation as well as for those looking to deepen their spiritual practice. LOCAL SANGHAS ENJOY SITTING AND WALKING MEDITATION, DRINKING TEA AND MINFUL EATING, AND DHARMA DISCUSSION BASED ON THICH NHAT HAHN'S PRACTICES AND TEACHINGS. Calm. I enjoy breathing. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. We can just enjoy sitting there, following our breathing, enjoying being alive. Stepping out of Bed If today I inadvertently step on a small insect, may it not suffer too much. I am solid. Sitting meditation is returning home to give full attention to and care for ourself. The practice of mindful walking, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. Our weekly gatherings begin with sitting and walking meditation followed by reading from one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and dharma discussion. When you put the practice into your daily activities, then you can have happiness. I know that the quality of the breathing, in the Buddha breath, is excellent. In the ultimate I dwell. Find a comfortable place to sit and settle in with this recording. If you don’t have a bell you can download a recording of the sound of a bell onto your phone or computer. In this 57-minute recording, we begin with Sr. Chan Khong offering a lovely orientation to the basic practice. Podcast: Download (Duration: 10:00 — 9.2MB). The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. The happiness of the dharma. One option is to sit with your legs crossed, folded underneath one another. Father and son. What can we do with pain we experience during sitting meditation? Relax every muscle in your body, including the muscles in your face. Don’t be caught by the idea of the Buddha that is outside of you — you are already a Buddha. Transforming our homes, sanghas, and practice centers into a pure land. I would like to invite my father in me to sit with my back – this is my back, but it is also his back. I was reading a post about anxiety on another blog recently, and it made me think about this short breathing meditation exercise for anxiety. How do we practice walking meditation? Thay talks about his life as a novice where there were no toilets in the temple. We can apply this to sitting in the airport or the train station. The practice is to be happy. Present moment. What happens in the present moment? Even if we have 30% of bad things, we also have 70% of good things. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:43:00 — 47.2MB). What is the role of the sangha in helping with your practice of sitting meditation? The Buddha is there, because the Buddha can always be found in the present moment. This is a lot more than a value-free manual. Sister Chan Khong offers us one of these short exercises through a song. The dharma teachers can help assure that people practice in the practice center (so we don’t become a “non-practice” practice center!). To practice sitting meditation, we can find a comfortable position for our body. I am home. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do. Mother, do you feel as light as I do? Walk slowly, with calmness and comfort on Sitting and Walking in the Here and Now. Be aware of your in-breath and your out-breath. This is the first talk of the Summer Opening Retreat. Thank you for offering this guided meditation. He tells the story of sitting all night in meditation with Ananda and a group of new bhikshus – we just sit happily. During our retreat, when we hear the bell then we stop and come back to the present moment. Living and working in harmony with nature, plants and animals, at Deer Park Monastery. About one-hour into the talk, we continue the teaching on the Yogacarabhumi Sastra, Verses 9-12 of the Paramartha Gathas of Asanga. Mother and son breathing in together. I have been practicing this guided meditation every night for the last week. Daddy, do you feel as light as I do? Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:43:16 — 47.3MB). Breathe out with me. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. I know that my mother is fully present in every cell of my body. Breathing in, I invite the Buddha to breathe with my lungs. Do we need to wait to begin meditation? Breathing in, I feel so light. Chrysanthemum position – whatever position is most comfortable for you. This is my back, but it is also hers. Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In the last dharma talk, we learned about walking mediation. Breathing in, I feel so light. Joyful Path is happy to host and participate in a meditation group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. We come together to practice mindfulness and meditation to … That breathing is the link. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. Both audio and video versions are available with this post. Different from other techniques, this one makes use of affirmations in order to produce positive mental states. The introduction tells us this the main text was originally a long letter from Thich Nhat Hanh to a fellow Buddhist monk in Vietnam in the midst of the war in 1975. Sitting meditation. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. When you hear the bell announcing sitting meditation, you begin right away with your walking. We are in the recently opened Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. Even when we are irritated. Sitting and breathing with mum and dad is a beautiful experience, thank you! We don’t sit for enlightenment. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Breathing out, I feel so free. The question is kind of a trap. We then use vipassana. The practice is to cultivate it.” This is a great … To help support those who have newly arrived. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master, poet, peace activist, and the author of many books, including Peace Is Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness. During walking meditation, during kitchen and garden work, during sitting meditation, all day long, we can practice smiling.-Thich Nhat Hanh. If you are in pain, then you may be trying too hard. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Hanh about the core of Buddhist practice: discovering liberation through […] Designed to be both inspiration and guidebook for those new to mindfulness practice, Making Space offers easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a breathing room, listening to a bell, sitting, breathing, and walking meditations, and cooking and eating a meal in mindfulne Thay reflects on the meaning of the kingdom of God. The “twelve” links of co-arising. By dwelling deeply in the present moment, we can all become enlightened during this retreat. Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:26 — 52.6MB). BEGINNERS AND THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE ARE … The training he discovered is our breathing. In early 2004, Thich Nhat Hanh and two hundred monastics came to Southern California to spend several months at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California. Our mind is not in the present moment. You might like to have a cushion to put under your backside. Deep. And with our practice, we can then free our ancestors. Find peace and calm amid the busyness of your life with this new book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting meditation is practice for maintaining a mindful relationship to … Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I am aware that my father is fully present in every cell of my body. The 2007 United States Tour began in August at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. The sound of a bell is a wonderful way to begin sitting meditation. To enjoy deeply every moment of our daily life. Practicing meditation is to return to the present moment in order to encounter the flower, the blue sky, the child, the brilliant red light. It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. Stopping. Like us on Facebook: Stony Brook Buddhist Sangha. During this retreat we want to learn the way the young man Siddhartha discovered the ultimate dimension of himself. – Thich Nhat Hanh. When an artist or a sculptor creates a picture or a statue of Buddha sitting upon a lotus flower, it is not just to express his reverence towards the Buddha. If we can put this into practice, we can take the ultimate dimension within ourselves. Read on and learn how to. What can the dharma teacher do to contribute to the practice? Buddha is breathing, Buddha is sitting. Thich Nhat Hanh, A Guide to Walking Meditation. What is our practice to be fully present in the here and now — to become a free person. Today will learn about the practice of sitting meditation. When you sit, keep your spinal column quite straight, while allowing your body to be relaxed. We don’t sit for anything and do not expect anything. I have arrived. MPCH is a community of lay practitioners inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. Sitting Meditation. No aim to become a Buddha. “Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. Out. Sr. Chan Khong relates a story of a retreat at the Ojai Foundation that occurred during a fire. The monastic community is practicing during the Rainy Season Retreat from January 4 to March 14 with the lay community. We also learn how to sit correctly. Our body is here, but our mind is somewhere else. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:20:47 — 74.0MB). (Thich Nhat Hanh) The Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, which is a notable influence in the modern mindfulness movement and in modern Buddhism, has a simplified approach to walking meditation. Wonderful moment. And that is not very difficult. Today we can learn about eating mindfully. Doing this we can see deeply. This 80-minute dharma talk takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the beginning of the second week. That is good enough. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. ... and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh. What does the absolute truth say about cause and effect? It was the first time I invited my mother and father to sit with me. This can bring our mind back to our body. He was born in Vietnam in 1926, and left home as a teen of 16 to become a Zen monk. His 'mindfulness' isn't the confusing buzzword it is today, but simply a way to inch towards the Buddhist idea of enlightenment. The dharma teachers have a responsibility to be present for the orientation. Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:22 — 25.4MB). If we can sit like this, the world can have a lot of peace and joy. I truly felt the surrounding love of my parents. We can use this song while practicing walking meditation. December 4, 2011. December 8, 2011. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Smile. “Having toilets to clean can be a source of great happiness.”. We can apply this practice into other activities of the day, like sweeping or moping. The moon is our mother(cool) and the sun is our father(hot).The moon is always on the right of the picture while the sun is on the left on any holy Buddhist picture.Thus, in meditation, I always visualize my mother sitting on my right and my father on my left. This creates three points of stability: the back side and then the two knees. The first part of Buddhist practice is samatha. Father and daughter. Before the sixth dharma talk of the 21-Day Retreat: The Path of the Buddha at Plum Village in June 2009, Thich Nhat Hanh offered this guided meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes bringing meditative awareness into our daily activities. I enjoy breathing, I enjoy sitting. Sitting in the spring breeze – we should sit relaxingly, joyfully, happily. by Thich Nhat Hanh . A great meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, 92026, United States 760-291-1003 ext 104 info@thichnhathanhfoundation.org What is our practice when we arrive at the mediation hall? May it … Even though we are many hundreds, we can walk in the pure land in harmony with nature. Stony Brook Sangha Sitting Schedule: Saturdays from 9-10:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket NY. 103-minute dharma talk from Lower Hamlet of Plum Village, France. Biography of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in the mid-1920s and at age 16 became a monk. On the first Monday of every month, we recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings – the Buddha’s ethical guidelines for … Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. We just need to look a little deeper with concentration. Just be present in the here and now. Mother and son breathing out together. We apologize for a few brief errors in the recording. A place of refuge where we can experience brotherhood and sisterhood. We can see the wonderful nature of the present moment. The talk was given in English and is available below. The subtitle is "an introduction to the practice of meditation." Mindfulness is the light that allows us to be there, to be fully present in the here and the now, to be fully alive. Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Breathing out, I feel so free. He shares in particular about the 12 Links of Interdependent Origination as a new theory of knowledge, or epistemology. In the Plum Village Tradition, we sit just to enjoy sitting. The Paramartha Gathas of Asanga from the Yogacarabhumi Sastra. Breathing together. Calm - Ease | Guided Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh - YouTube Sitting and Walking Meditation Practicing Mindfulness In The Tradition Of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “Life can be found only in the present moment. What is our practice when we are walking? Thich Nhat Hanh Www.stonybrooksangha.com. Experienced community members, including Joyful Path volunteers, rotate responsibilities in leading the sessions. Mother and daughter breathing in together. In the present moment, we go deep into the positive things. Also, in response to some questions, Steven says that today’s guided meditation was from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Blooming of a Lotus, pages 107 & 108. I am free. Mother and daughter breathing out together. With our practice, we go back to the present moment all the time. Thay speaks on free will as something available to us in every moment, and on the Pure Land and the Kingdom of God. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. I know the quality of his sitting is excellent. How can we sit on the cushion, or the bench, or the chair? We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. Sitting, Resting, And Not Worrying – Thich Nhat Hanh Posted on November 13, 2020 | Views: 275 In this short teaching video from the Plum Village Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh talks about sitting meditation, the art of resting, and how to take care of the habit energy of worrying… Mother, do you feel as free as I do? When mindfulness is there, forgetfulness is no longer there. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. Thay talks about the traditional way of offering the chants in Sino-Vietnamese and discusses the lines of the Morning Chant and the Evening Chant. What is co-being, co-manifesting? Slow. A piece of bread contains the body of the cosmos. Practicing with the wonders of life in the practice center with the support of the sangha. © Without this insight we fall into the wrong perception that body and mind are separate. Release. This morning, the Morning Chant was so beautiful and is different from when he was a young novice monk. Thay shares and outlines the Plum Village practice. When we look at them deeply we see there is no subjective observer; we are participants in what we observe. © This is the fifth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. And we pay attention to our breathing as it goes in and out of our body. Do you feel as free as I do? I invite my mother to breathe with my lungs, to sit with my back. SANGHAS ALSO HOST DAYS OF MINDFULNESS AND RETREATS. My body is mindfulness itself, … Walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh during a Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery. This is how it came out. There is no way to enlightenment, enlightenment is the way. The reason I thought about the meditation is because the other blog talked about the frustration of not being able to “think” your way out of anxiety. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. Breathing out, I invited the Buddha to sit with my back. Even our cell phone can be our bell of mindfulness. That is why we don’t see the ultimate dimension. Like the peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. It felt good to do so. If you sit back and smile to yourself, you will enjoy the present moment and make everyone in the car happy. We come back to the present moment by following our breathing – this is not so easy, but we work toward stopping our thinking. If you look deeply, then it is very interesting. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sitting here is like sitting under the Bodhi Tree. The practice of walking, sitting, and chanting is for the care of the present moment. Google Search: Guided Meditation Scripts. On the occasion of Thich Nhat Hanh’s 94th birthday, Gary Gach remembers walking alongside his beloved teacher. It is okay to change position. Previously I had posted on being true to your mood and how I have always struggled with the idea of smiling when it … He teaches the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. Ease. Sister Chan Khong is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most senior student having met Thay in 1959 and then became one of the first members (the “Six Cedars”) of the Order of Interbeing. Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness, and engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. He has sold over five million books in the United States alone. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. Beginning a Sitting. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 103-minute dharma talk from New Hamlet of Plum Village, France. Thich Nhat Hanh Home Beautiful Your When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way. A reporter recently asked Thay, what happens after we die? Thich Nhat Hanh. The reading was excerpted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Chapter Eleven on Right Mindfulness. I invite my father to breathe in with me. The answer to both these questions is the same. Sister Chan Khong is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most senior student having met Thay in 1959 and then became one of the first members (the “Six Cedars”) of the Order of Interbeing. Any unfriendly noise can be transformed by following our breathing. PRACTICING WITH A SANGHA SUPPORTS AND STRENGTHENS OUR MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. We see a moon and a sun on many Buddhist pictures. How much time should we allow for these activities? 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