Healing Oneself and Healing the World featuring Thich Nhat Hanh and practice with Br. Phap Dung and Sr. Dang Nghiem
September 24, 2013. 120-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi during the 2013 Nourishing Great Togetherness teaching tour. This is the orientation for the 6-day retreat with the theme Healing Ourselves, Healing the World.
Creating a healing environment in our physical and spiritual spaces. How do we produce a thought that is filled with understanding and compassion? Building a sangha or a practice center is one method. In our tradition, we begin by looking at our suffering. We can then recognize the suffering in the other person. This is the first and second noble truth. With this, the energy if compassion arises because you have touched and understood suffering.
We bring our mind and body together and come back to ourselves in order to be truly there and be able to stop our thinking. We can get lost in our thinking. When we are mindful and concentrated of our in breath them our mind only has one object. Just breathing in mindfully we can get freedom from the past l, the future, and our projects. Freedom is possible and the healing can start.
Conditions of happiness
Habit of running after fame, power, wealth, sensual pleasures
Deep looking – insight can release the tension and bring healing
Mindfulness is a method to insight using our in breath and out breath
Inviting our ancestors to listen to the bell and practice walking meditation with you.
Our presence is the most precious gift for those we love – to be there is a practice.
Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing
Four domains – body, feelings, mind, objects of mind
First 8 exercise
Sangha – collective energy
You are not one emotion
The art of happiness and the art of suffering
Happiness and suffering interare
Happiness is made of non-happiness elements
The Four Noble Truths
The Four Kinds of Nutriments
Running Time: 12 hrs