This is the Dharma talk of Thay offered in the New Hamlet of Plum Village on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, during the Winter Retreat 2011-12. Thay speaks in French, to listen to the English translation, listen to the right earphone. Thay teaches on the Noble Eightfold Path, and how concrete practices can help us to cultivate this path. "Thought can make us suffer; we need to be able to stop our thinking in order to be capable of happiness. If we look at the sun but cannot get deeply in touch with it in the present moment, we only see suffering, we cannot see all the conditions of happiness that are already present. If you can see all thoughts just as notions, you can penetrate the reality of no-birth and no-death." Thay teaches about the three practices of concentration present in all Buddhist traditions: emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness. He also teaches on the nature of karma (body, speech, and mind) and the four practices of Right Diligence.

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