1. This is the chant before the orientation offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, given in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday, August 8th, 2011. Thay describes, before the chant, how to put our attention while listening to the chant.

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  2. This is the orientation offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, given in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday, August 8th, 2011. Thay speaks about the practices of breathing and walking meditation, and about how we can recognize the conditions for happiness that are already present in the here and the now.

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  3. 'This is the first Dharma talk offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, given in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011. Thay speaks about the first few steps of the mindfulness of breathing sutra: 1) in/out breath, 2) follow the breath, 3) aware of body, 4) release tension in the body, 5) generate joy, 6) generate happiness, 7) recognize pain, 8) embrace pain. To support the cultivation of mindfulness, we should find a community of practice. Thay also shares about the Wake Up movement for young people. We have the conviction that parents and teachers have to master the practice, so that they can transmit it to their students and children. He also shares about a new program to bring Applied Ethics into schools through schoolteachers. After the talk, Thay Phap An introduces the European Institute of Applied Buddhism and Thay's Calligraphy Exhibition.'

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  4. 'This is the first children's Dharma talk offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, given in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011. Thay speaks about how to be truly present for our parents, and how to ask our parents to be truly present for us, using the four mantras. The first one: I am here for you. In order for the mantra to work, you have to be there. 'I am here' is not a declaration; it is a practice.' Sometimes your body is there, but your mind is not there: you are not really there. You may like to pat your father on the shoulder and ask, 'Is anybody home?' The second mantra: I know you are there, and I am happy. The third mantra: Darling, I know you suffer. That is why I am here for you.'

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  5. 'This is the second Dharma talk offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, given in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011. Thay speaks about the nature of life and death. We think that now is life, and death will be later. But in fact, left and right manifest together, above and below manifest at the same time... Death is happening right here in every moment. Why are we afraid of dying? He goes on to talk about the nature of happiness: If a father does not understand the suffering of his son, then it is impossible for that father to love and make his son happy. So understanding is very crucial to happiness. To love means to understand. Right view is non-discriminative thinking. In Buddhism, thinking is already action: by your thinking you can destroy the world, by your thinking you can save the world. Thay goes on to share about the relationship between the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths.'

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Awakening the Heart Retreat - Vancouver

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Talks from the 2011 retreat in Vancouver, Canada.

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