I invite my father to breathe in with me. Thay reflects on the meaning of the kingdom of God. What happens in the present moment? In the ultimate I dwell. Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting meditation. – Thich Nhat Hanh. No aim to become a Buddha. If you don’t have a bell you can download a recording of the sound of a bell onto your phone or computer. This is the fourth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. PRACTICING WITH A SANGHA SUPPORTS AND STRENGTHENS OUR MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. Calm. Smile. The answer to both these questions is the same. A treasured gift. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Even though we are many hundreds, we can walk in the pure land in harmony with nature. Deep. The happiness of the dharma. Just be present in the here and now. This is my back, but it is also hers. This 80-minute dharma talk takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the beginning of the second week. Thay talks about his life as a novice where there were no toilets in the temple. The circles continue to our children and grandchildren. 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. That breathing is the link. Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:26 — 52.6MB). 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 shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. I enjoy breathing. What does the absolute truth say about cause and effect? If we can put this into practice, we can take the ultimate dimension within ourselves. 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. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:43:00 — 47.2MB). 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. This morning, the Morning Chant was so beautiful and is different from when he was a young novice monk. How can everyone can touch that deep dimension of ourself? During this retreat we want to learn the way the young man Siddhartha discovered the ultimate dimension of himself. Sitting Meditation. Transforming our homes, sanghas, and practice centers into a pure land. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. At 38-minutes we switch to sutra study. Thay speaks on free will as something available to us in every moment, and on the Pure Land and the Kingdom of God. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Relax every muscle in your body, including the muscles in your face. Thay shares and outlines the Plum Village practice. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. 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. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We can just enjoy sitting there, following our breathing, enjoying being alive. Joyful Path is happy to host and participate in a meditation group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. 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. 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. Slow. How do we practice walking meditation? The training he discovered is our breathing. 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. We come together to practice mindfulness and meditation to … And we pay attention to our breathing as it goes in and out of our body. I have arrived. Our mind is not in the present moment. This creates three points of stability: the back side and then the two knees. It felt good to do so. One option is to sit with your legs crossed, folded underneath one another. There is a video version available too. I know the quality of his sitting is excellent. Practicing meditation is to return to the present moment in order to encounter the flower, the blue sky, the child, the brilliant red light. 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. Breathe out with me. 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. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:43:16 — 47.3MB). 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. To help support those who have newly arrived. Ease. Mother and son breathing in together. Stony Brook Sangha Sitting Schedule: Saturdays from 9-10:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road, East Setauket NY. Find peace and calm amid the busyness of your life with this new book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. “Having toilets to clean can be a source of great happiness.”. ... and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh. Today we can learn about eating mindfully. Our body is here, but our mind is somewhere else. The Paramartha Gathas of Asanga from the Yogacarabhumi Sastra. If you sit back and smile to yourself, you will enjoy the present moment and make everyone in the car happy. We can apply this practice into other activities of the day, like sweeping or moping. Sitting here is like sitting under the Bodhi Tree. In the last dharma talk, we learned about walking mediation. We sit straight, but relaxed. 55-minute Dharma Talk in English, given by Thich Nhat Hanh Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France. Sitting meditation is returning home to give full attention to and care for ourself. Breathing out, I invited the Buddha to sit with my back. That is why we don’t see the ultimate dimension. Thich Nhat Hanh Www.stonybrooksangha.com. I enjoy breathing, I enjoy sitting. During this week, we learn this training. This is the fifth talk offered in the 2011-2012 Winter Retreat. MPCH is a community of lay practitioners inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. When mindfulness is there, forgetfulness is no longer there. The practice is to cultivate it.” This is a great … May it … It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. The reading was excerpted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Chapter Eleven on Right Mindfulness. My body is mindfulness itself, … Mother, do you feel as light as I do? Doing this we can see deeply. 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. Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA, 92026, United States 760-291-1003 ext 104 info@thichnhathanhfoundation.org Don’t be caught by the idea of the Buddha that is outside of you — you are already a Buddha. A place of refuge where we can experience brotherhood and sisterhood. How can we sit on the cushion, or the bench, or the chair? Read on and learn how to. How much time should we allow for these activities? Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:20:47 — 74.0MB). We can apply this to sitting in the airport or the train station. © To help us to love. Sitting and Walking Meditation Practicing Mindfulness In The Tradition Of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “Life can be found only in the present moment. Mother and daughter breathing out together. Do you feel as free as I do? Wonderful moment. Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness is a series of translated letters from 1968 -- written while exiled from Vietnam -- instructing young monks overseas on meditation. Beginning a Sitting. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. 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. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. Breathing out, I feel so free. Thich Nhat Hanh. Find a comfortable place to sit and settle in with this recording. The talk was given in English and is available below. I know that the quality of the breathing, in the Buddha breath, is excellent. When listening to a dharma talk, walking, eating, cleaning the toilet, or sitting meditation, this is dharma happiness. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. Calm - Ease | Guided Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh - YouTube Breathing in, I feel so light. We apologize for a few brief errors in the recording. During our retreat, when we hear the bell then we stop and come back to the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh brings his warmth … And if we can answer the second question, then there is no need to answer the previous question. On the occasion of Thich Nhat Hanh’s 94th birthday, Gary Gach remembers walking alongside his beloved teacher. 103-minute dharma talk from Lower Hamlet of Plum Village, France. I am solid. The “twelve” links of co-arising. What is the role of the sangha in helping with your practice of sitting meditation? Breathing together. We then use vipassana. 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. Previously I had posted on being true to your mood and how I have always struggled with the idea of smiling when it … If we can sit like this, the world can have a lot of peace and joy. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that we can begin meditation peacefully on time. Sign up here to receive an email whenever new posts are published on this website. Experienced community members, including Joyful Path volunteers, rotate responsibilities in leading the sessions. Daddy, do you feel as light as I do? Without this insight we fall into the wrong perception that body and mind are separate. 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. I truly felt the surrounding love of my parents. It is okay to change position. Sitting in the spring breeze – we should sit relaxingly, joyfully, happily. December 4, 2011. Breathing in, I feel so light. We come back to the present moment by following our breathing – this is not so easy, but we work toward stopping our thinking. In. © Thich Nhat Hanh, A Guide to Walking Meditation. Even our cell phone can be our bell of mindfulness. Sister Chan Khong offers us one of these short exercises through a song. The dharma teachers have a responsibility to be present for the orientation. A reporter recently asked Thay, what happens after we die? 103-minute dharma talk from New Hamlet of Plum Village, France. We also learn how to sit correctly. Be aware of your in-breath and your out-breath. We see a moon and a sun on many Buddhist pictures. Present moment. This group meets on the First and Third Tuesdays. What is our practice to be fully present in the here and now — to become a free person. SANGHAS ALSO HOST DAYS OF MINDFULNESS AND RETREATS. And with our practice, we can then free our ancestors. Practicing with the wonders of life in the practice center with the support of the sangha. In this 57-minute recording, we begin with Sr. Chan Khong offering a lovely orientation to the basic practice. Living and working in harmony with nature, plants and animals, at Deer Park Monastery. During walking meditation, during kitchen and garden work, during sitting meditation, all day long, we can practice smiling.-Thich Nhat Hanh. We don’t sit for anything and do not expect anything. If you are in pain, then you may be trying too hard. He tells the story of sitting all night in meditation with Ananda and a group of new bhikshus – we just sit happily. This is a lot more than a value-free manual. You can unsubscribe at any time with one click. Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:22 — 25.4MB). Our weekly gatherings begin with sitting and walking meditation followed by reading from one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and dharma discussion. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Hanh about the core of Buddhist practice: discovering liberation through […] Both audio and video versions are available with this post. by Thich Nhat Hanh . This can bring our mind back to our body. 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. Father and son. 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. A Guide to Walking Meditation . Learn how your comment data is processed. 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. The question is kind of a trap. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. He shares in particular about the 12 Links of Interdependent Origination as a new theory of knowledge, or epistemology. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! That is good enough. Mother and daughter breathing in together. On the first Monday of every month, we recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings – the Buddha’s ethical guidelines for … BEGINNERS AND THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE ARE … I am free. 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. It is not for the future. About one-hour into the talk, we continue the teaching on the Yogacarabhumi Sastra, Verses 9-12 of the Paramartha Gathas of Asanga. First Tuesday Format. This is the first talk of the Summer Opening Retreat. The key is to sit in a stable position. LOCAL SANGHAS ENJOY SITTING AND WALKING MEDITATION, DRINKING TEA AND MINFUL EATING, AND DHARMA DISCUSSION BASED ON THICH NHAT HAHN'S PRACTICES AND TEACHINGS. I know that my mother is fully present in every cell of my body. And that is not very difficult. Sitting meditation is practice for maintaining a mindful relationship to … Out. We can use this song while practicing walking meditation. Like us on Facebook: Stony Brook Buddhist Sangha. Breathing in, I invite the Buddha to breathe with my lungs. In the present moment, we go deep into the positive things. When we look at them deeply we see there is no subjective observer; we are participants in what we observe. Sr. Chan Khong relates a story of a retreat at the Ojai Foundation that occurred during a fire. Mother, do you feel as free as I do? Many people were so upset by the helicopters and Thay reminded everyone that this too can be a bell of mindfulness. Today will learn about the practice of sitting meditation. When you hear the bell announcing sitting meditation, you begin right away with your walking. Walk slowly, with calmness and comfort We don’t sit for enlightenment. 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. Walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh during a Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. To practice sitting meditation, we can find a comfortable position for our body. When you put the practice into your daily activities, then you can have happiness. What can the dharma teacher do to contribute to the practice? “Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. December 8, 2011. Following the sharing by Sr. Chan Khong, we continue with Brother Phap Tri. It was the first time I invited my mother and father to sit with me. He teaches the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. To enjoy deeply every moment of our daily life. His 'mindfulness' isn't the confusing buzzword it is today, but simply a way to inch towards the Buddhist idea of enlightenment. The monastic community is practicing during the Rainy Season Retreat from January 4 to March 14 with the lay community. Biography of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in the mid-1920s and at age 16 became a monk. Do we need to wait to begin meditation? 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 I would like to invite my father in me to sit with my back – this is my back, but it is also his back. A piece of bread contains the body of the cosmos. What is co-being, co-manifesting? Thank you for offering this guided meditation. The talk is given in Vietnamese with English translation provided by Sr. Chan Khong. When you sit, keep your spinal column quite straight, while allowing your body to be relaxed. The 2007 United States Tour began in August at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Father and daughter. The practice of walking, sitting, and chanting is for the care of the present moment. What can we do with pain we experience during sitting meditation? Even when we are irritated. Any unfriendly noise can be transformed by following our breathing. I am aware that my father is fully present in every cell of my body. There is no way to enlightenment, enlightenment is the way. I have been practicing this guided meditation every night for the last week. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The dharma teachers can help assure that people practice in the practice center (so we don’t become a “non-practice” practice center!). That's a bit misleading. This pocket-sized book is perfect for those brand new to sitting meditation as well as for those looking to deepen their spiritual practice. Buddha is breathing, Buddha is sitting. Google Search: Guided Meditation Scripts. This is how it came out. Different from other techniques, this one makes use of affirmations in order to produce positive mental states. on Sitting and Walking in the Here and Now. The first part of Buddhist practice is samatha. 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. Like the peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. Mother and son breathing out together. Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The sound of a bell is a wonderful way to begin sitting meditation. (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. He was born in Vietnam in 1926, and left home as a teen of 16 to become a Zen monk. What is our practice when we arrive at the mediation hall? Stopping. Release. In short, single-paragraph chapters, Nhat Hanh shares detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises and visualizations, as well as his own personal stories and insights. Sitting and breathing with mum and dad is a beautiful experience, thank you! I was reading a post about anxiety on another blog recently, and it made me think about this short breathing meditation exercise for anxiety. We are in the recently opened Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. By dwelling deeply in the present moment, we can all become enlightened during this retreat. There’s an art to sitting in such a way that we can feel relaxed, at peace and at ease. Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes bringing meditative awareness into our daily activities. A great meditation. I enjoy sitting. The subtitle is "an introduction to the practice of meditation." I am home. You might like to have a cushion to put under your backside. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Breathing in, I invite the Buddha to breathe with my lungs. 2020 Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks. Mindfulness is the light that allows us to be there, to be fully present in the here and the now, to be fully alive. July 8, 2011. I invite my mother to breathe with my lungs, to sit with my back. 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 see the wonderful nature of the present moment. Stepping out of Bed If today I inadvertently step on a small insect, may it not suffer too much. Podcast: Download (Duration: 10:00 — 9.2MB). If you look deeply, then it is very interesting. It is a 10-minute meditation, so please find a place to sit and be fully present for the entire meditation. Chrysanthemum position – whatever position is most comfortable for you. 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