I am aware that my father is fully present in every cell of my body. Stepping out of Bed If today I inadvertently step on a small insect, may it not suffer too much. I enjoy breathing. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. We come back to the present moment by following our breathing – this is not so easy, but we work toward stopping our thinking. What is our practice when we arrive at the mediation hall? I am solid. Joyful Path is happy to host and participate in a meditation group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. During this week, we learn this training. Smile. Ease. Today will learn about the practice of sitting meditation. Mother and son breathing in together. Any unfriendly noise can be transformed by following our breathing. Release. Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, 92026, United States 760-291-1003 ext 104 info@thichnhathanhfoundation.org We are in the recently opened Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. Sr. Chan Khong relates a story of a retreat at the Ojai Foundation that occurred during a fire. Sitting meditation is practice for maintaining a mindful relationship to … Different from other techniques, this one makes use of affirmations in order to produce positive mental states. Thich Nhat Hanh. Our body is here, but our mind is somewhere else. In the ultimate I dwell. It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. SANGHAS ALSO HOST DAYS OF MINDFULNESS AND RETREATS. – Thich Nhat Hanh. Without this insight we fall into the wrong perception that body and mind are separate. The talk was given in English and is available below. Just be present in the here and now. Don’t be caught by the idea of the Buddha that is outside of you — you are already a Buddha. Present moment. Breathing out, I feel so free. What happens in the present moment? Thank you for offering this guided meditation. December 4, 2011. How can everyone can touch that deep dimension of ourself? Read on and learn how to. This is how it came out. Walk slowly, with calmness and comfort Sitting here is like sitting under the Bodhi Tree. I know that my mother is fully present in every cell of my body. Mother and daughter breathing in together. © I know that the quality of the breathing, in the Buddha breath, is excellent. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that we can begin meditation peacefully on time. Walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh during a Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery. What is co-being, co-manifesting? Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes bringing meditative awareness into our daily activities. The practice is to cultivate it.” This is a great … Even if we have 30% of bad things, we also have 70% of good things. We just need to look a little deeper with concentration. Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness is a series of translated letters from 1968 -- written while exiled from Vietnam -- instructing young monks overseas on meditation. I am free. Buddha is breathing, Buddha is sitting. And that is not very difficult. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It was the first time I invited my mother and father to sit with me. Be aware of your in-breath and your out-breath. 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. We don’t sit for enlightenment. In. Mother, do you feel as light as I do? Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. My body is mindfulness itself, … If we can put this into practice, we can take the ultimate dimension within ourselves. Thay talks about his life as a novice where there were no toilets in the temple. Mother and son breathing out together. The answer to both these questions is the same. This creates three points of stability: the back side and then the two knees. 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! BEGINNERS AND THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE ARE … (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. How can we sit on the cushion, or the bench, or the chair? He was born in Vietnam in 1926, and left home as a teen of 16 to become a Zen monk. The circles continue to our children and grandchildren. This is the fourth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. 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 Biography of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in the mid-1920s and at age 16 became a monk. 55-minute Dharma Talk in English, given by Thich Nhat Hanh Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France. Even our cell phone can be our bell of mindfulness. In this 57-minute recording, we begin with Sr. Chan Khong offering a lovely orientation to the basic practice. Practicing meditation is to return to the present moment in order to encounter the flower, the blue sky, the child, the brilliant red light. Doing this we can see deeply. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. Daddy, do you feel as light as I do? We can see the wonderful nature of the present moment. 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. Our weekly gatherings begin with sitting and walking meditation followed by reading from one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and dharma discussion. What can the dharma teacher do to contribute to the practice? 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. 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. I truly felt the surrounding love of my parents. 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… We can use this song while practicing walking meditation. At 38-minutes we switch to sutra study. We also learn how to sit correctly. Find peace and calm amid the busyness of your life with this new book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. May it … Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:43:16 — 47.3MB). 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. LOCAL SANGHAS ENJOY SITTING AND WALKING MEDITATION, DRINKING TEA AND MINFUL EATING, AND DHARMA DISCUSSION BASED ON THICH NHAT HAHN'S PRACTICES AND TEACHINGS. Learn how your comment data is processed. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. The first part of Buddhist practice is samatha. Even though we are many hundreds, we can walk in the pure land in harmony with nature. 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. Deep. This is the fifth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. Beginning a Sitting. About one-hour into the talk, we continue the teaching on the Yogacarabhumi Sastra, Verses 9-12 of the Paramartha Gathas of Asanga. The practice of walking, sitting, and chanting is for the care of the present moment. 103-minute dharma talk from Lower Hamlet of Plum Village, France. We apologize for a few brief errors in the recording. Sitting meditation is returning home to give full attention to and care for ourself. In the last dharma talk, we learned about walking mediation. How much time should we allow for these activities? 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. Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. By dwelling deeply in the present moment, we can all become enlightened during this retreat. When you sit, keep your spinal column quite straight, while allowing your body to be relaxed. Sitting meditation. We can apply this to sitting in the airport or the train station. We can just enjoy sitting there, following our breathing, enjoying being alive. Breathing in, I feel so light. If we can sit like this, the world can have a lot of peace and joy. 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. Stony Brook Sangha Sitting Schedule: Saturdays from 9-10:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket NY. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. We come together to practice mindfulness and meditation to … This pocket-sized book is perfect for those brand new to sitting meditation as well as for those looking to deepen their spiritual practice. I enjoy breathing, I enjoy sitting. We begin with an overview of how to begin the day in the monastery — the bell, walking meditation, sitting meditation, and chanting. Thich Nhat Hanh, A Guide to Walking Meditation. The subtitle is "an introduction to the practice of meditation." Breathing out, I feel so free. A great meditation. In the present moment, we go deep into the positive things. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. 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. ... and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh. MPCH is a community of lay practitioners inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Our mind is not in the present moment. What is the role of the sangha in helping with your practice of sitting meditation? It is okay to change position. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:20:47 — 74.0MB). Slow. Practicing with the wonders of life in the practice center with the support of the sangha. Breathing out, I invited the Buddha to sit with my back. And with our practice, we can then free our ancestors. I invite my mother to breathe with my lungs, to sit with my back. Thich Nhat Hanh brings his warmth … I have been practicing this guided meditation every night for the last week. A piece of bread contains the body of the cosmos. Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. I know the quality of his sitting is excellent. 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. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. On the occasion of Thich Nhat Hanh’s 94th birthday, Gary Gach remembers walking alongside his beloved teacher. That is good enough. The key is to sit in a stable position. I am home. One option is to sit with your legs crossed, folded underneath one another. This can bring our mind back to our body. To help support those who have newly arrived. Breathing together. No aim to become a Buddha. When you hear the bell announcing sitting meditation, you begin right away with your walking. Father and son. We can apply this practice into other activities of the day, like sweeping or moping. A Guide to Walking Meditation . He shares in particular about the 12 Links of Interdependent Origination as a new theory of knowledge, or epistemology. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:26 — 52.6MB). A place of refuge where we can experience brotherhood and sisterhood. The Buddha is there, because the Buddha can always be found in the present moment. With our practice, we go back to the present moment all the time. Relax every muscle in your body, including the muscles in your face. on Sitting and Walking in the Here and Now. Living and working in harmony with nature, plants and animals, at Deer Park Monastery. Thay speaks on free will as something available to us in every moment, and on the Pure Land and the Kingdom of God. In the Plum Village Tradition, we sit just to enjoy sitting. 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. Sitting and Walking Meditation Practicing Mindfulness In The Tradition Of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “Life can be found only in the present moment. 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. The reading was excerpted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Chapter Eleven on Right Mindfulness. On the first Monday of every month, we recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings – the Buddha’s ethical guidelines for … Previously I had posted on being true to your mood and how I have always struggled with the idea of smiling when it … If you are in pain, then you may be trying too hard. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. This 80-minute dharma talk takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the beginning of the second week. Breathing in, I invite the Buddha to breathe with my lungs. That is why we don’t see the ultimate dimension. It is not for the future. The sound of a bell is a wonderful way to begin sitting meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh Www.stonybrooksangha.com. Breathing in, I feel so light. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. There’s an art to sitting in such a way that we can feel relaxed, at peace and at ease. Calm. The dharma teachers have a responsibility to be present for the orientation. To help us to love. When mindfulness is there, forgetfulness is no longer there. Breathing in, I invite the Buddha to breathe with my lungs. What is our practice when we are walking? If you don’t have a bell you can download a recording of the sound of a bell onto your phone or computer. Sitting in the spring breeze – we should sit relaxingly, joyfully, happily. 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. First Tuesday Format. The dharma teachers can help assure that people practice in the practice center (so we don’t become a “non-practice” practice center!). 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. Many people were so upset by the helicopters and Thay reminded everyone that this too can be a bell of mindfulness. This is my back, but it is also hers. December 8, 2011. Mother and daughter breathing out together. Stopping. The Paramartha Gathas of Asanga from the Yogacarabhumi Sastra. I would like to invite my father in me to sit with my back – this is my back, but it is also his back. What can we do with pain we experience during sitting meditation? Like us on Facebook: Stony Brook Buddhist Sangha. It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. Today we can learn about eating mindfully. In short, single-paragraph chapters, Nhat Hanh shares detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises and visualizations, as well as his own personal stories and insights. Find a comfortable place to sit and settle in with this recording. This group meets on the First and Third Tuesdays. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. If you sit back and smile to yourself, you will enjoy the present moment and make everyone in the car happy. Podcast: Download (Duration: 10:00 — 9.2MB). And if we can answer the second question, then there is no need to answer the previous question. by Thich Nhat Hanh . He teaches the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. Thay shares and outlines the Plum Village practice. How do we practice walking meditation? Do you feel as free as I do? If you look deeply, then it is very interesting. We then use vipassana. The monastic community is practicing during the Rainy Season Retreat from January 4 to March 14 with the lay community. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. Sitting and breathing with mum and dad is a beautiful experience, thank you! Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:22 — 25.4MB). There is a video version available too. I have arrived. The 2007 United States Tour began in August at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. “Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. I was reading a post about anxiety on another blog recently, and it made me think about this short breathing meditation exercise for anxiety. 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. This is a lot more than a value-free manual. July 8, 2011. A reporter recently asked Thay, what happens after we die? Out. The “twelve” links of co-arising. Like the peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. You might like to have a cushion to put under your backside. When we look at them deeply we see there is no subjective observer; we are participants in what we observe. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. To practice sitting meditation, we can find a comfortable position for our body. The practice is to be happy. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. To enjoy deeply every moment of our daily life. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. That's a bit misleading. It felt good to do so. What is our practice to be fully present in the here and now — to become a free person. We sit straight, but relaxed. The training he discovered is our breathing. During this retreat we want to learn the way the young man Siddhartha discovered the ultimate dimension of himself. When you put the practice into your daily activities, then you can have happiness. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. What does the absolute truth say about cause and effect? Father and daughter. Experienced community members, including Joyful Path volunteers, rotate responsibilities in leading the sessions. Mindfulness is the light that allows us to be there, to be fully present in the here and the now, to be fully alive. I enjoy sitting. During our retreat, when we hear the bell then we stop and come back to the present moment. Chrysanthemum position – whatever position is most comfortable for you. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do. A treasured gift. There is no way to enlightenment, enlightenment is the way. We see a moon and a sun on many Buddhist pictures. Sitting Meditation. He tells the story of sitting all night in meditation with Ananda and a group of new bhikshus – we just sit happily. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. He has sold over five million books in the United States alone. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Hanh about the core of Buddhist practice: discovering liberation through […] 103-minute dharma talk from New Hamlet of Plum Village, France. Breathe out with me. Sister Chan Khong offers us one of these short exercises through a song. During walking meditation, during kitchen and garden work, during sitting meditation, all day long, we can practice smiling.-Thich Nhat Hanh. And we pay attention to our breathing as it goes in and out of our body. Mother, do you feel as free as I do? Transforming our homes, sanghas, and practice centers into a pure land. PRACTICING WITH A SANGHA SUPPORTS AND STRENGTHENS OUR MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. © When listening to a dharma talk, walking, eating, cleaning the toilet, or sitting meditation, this is dharma happiness. Google Search: Guided Meditation Scripts. The happiness of the dharma. Both audio and video versions are available with this post. 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. I invite my father to breathe in with me. Calm - Ease | Guided Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh - YouTube We don’t sit for anything and do not expect anything. Do we need to wait to begin meditation? Wonderful moment. This morning, the Morning Chant was so beautiful and is different from when he was a young novice monk. 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