1. Pebble Meditation: Children's Talk

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    This is the second children's talk offered by Thay in the second week of the Summer Opening Retreat, given in the New Hamlet of Plum Village on Saturday, July 16th, 2011. Thay teaches the children pebble meditation: using a sack of four pebbles to practice a self-guided meditation on being fresh as a flower, solid as a mountain, reflective like water, and free as space.

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    • The Miracle of Being Alive: The Greatest of All Miracles

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      This is the first talk of Thay in the second week of the Summer Opening, given on Friday, July 15th, 2011, in the Still Water Meditation Hall of the Dharma Cloud Temple, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. Thay continues the teaching on mindfulness of breathing, summarizing the first eight steps of the Sutra on Mindful Breathing. He teaches on dealing with difficult emotions, including how we can help those loved ones who feel they need to commit suicide because of an emotion. Thay also goes into the relationship between mind consciousness, store consciousness, by introducing the practice of selective watering. He tells the story of a couple whose love is revitalized by the practice of watering good seeds. At the end of the talk Thay shares about the four practices of Right Diligence.

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      • The Practice of Listening to the Chant

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        This is the introduction of Thay to the Namo'valokiteshvaraya chanting before the first talk of the second week of the Summer Opening Retreat, given on the morning of Friday, July 15th, 2011, in the Still Water Meditation Hall of the Dharma Cloud Temple, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. Thay shares about the three steps of contemplation while listening to the chanting of the bodhisattva's name: 1) touching compassion in oneself, 2) touching compassion in those around us, 3) touching compassion in all beings. The introduction is followed by chanting by the Plum Village Monastics.

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        • Embracing Emotions with Non-Violence

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          This is the third talk of the Summer Opening Retreat offered by Thay, on the 13th of July 2011 in the Still Water Meditation Hall of the Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. Thay shares about the first eight steps of the practice of mindful breathing from the Anapanasati Sutta: 1) Recognizing the in and out breath, 2) Following the in and out breath, 3) Aware of the body, 4) Calming the body, 5) Aware of joy, 6) Aware of happiness, 7) Aware of mental formations, 8) Calming mental formations. Thay also shares about the Dharmakaya, the Buddhakaya, and the Sanghakaya. He ends the talk sharing about how to build a Sangha near you. Thay speaks in French on the left stereo channel, with translation in English on the right stereo channel.

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          • I am Here for You: Talk for Children

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            'This is the third talk for children offered by Thay from the Summer Opening Retreat, on the 13th of July 2011 in the Still Water Meditation Hall of the Upper Hamlet, Plum Village. Thay talks about the first two mantras: I am here for you, and I am happy that you are there. Thay speaks in French on the left stereo channel, with translation in English on the right stereo channel.'

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            • Part 1 - Comic book creation and drawing - In Memory of Alfred Hassler

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              Part 1 of Behind the Scenes footage from the making of the comic book for the first "Peace Is The Way" Film Series episode. "Walking With Alfred Hassler, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong" features the poem "In Memory of Alfred Hassler" by Thich Nhat Hanh Special thanks to Elemotho - www.elemotho.com - Incredible Namibian Musician and Activist, who donated in this video a live recording in Vienna, Austria of his song, 'My Africa'. Peace Is The Way - A Century Of Nonviolent Activism chronicles the intersecting stories of normal people, who became nonviolent beacons of light. These unsung heroes and heroines used love, humour and nonviolent action as their “weapons” and helped build Global Movements for peace and reconciliation, and in the process became Human Rights Heroes & Heroines. The first film in the series is titled “Walking with Alfred Hassler, Thich Nhat Hanh & Sister Chan Khong” A feature documentary film and animated comic book about normal people who became Human Rights Heroes & Heroines.

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              • Our Nature is Non-Local

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                This is the first Question and Answer Session offered by Thay in the Summer Opening Retreat, recorded on the morning of July 12th, 2011. Thay fields questions from the children, the young adults, and from other retreatants. How do we practice when we still are caught in the idea of having a separate personality? Is Thay a realized Buddha? How do we practice to forgive ourselves? How can we maintain our practice when we live in a place lacking compassion, without a Sangha? How can we make sense of the death of a child before they are born? How can we find happiness again?

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                • Touching the Wonders of Life

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                  This is the second talk of Thay from the Summer Opening, offered on Saturday, the 9th of July, in the New Hamlet of Plum Village. Thay shares about the practice of mindful breathing. French on the left stereo channel, English translation on the right.

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                  • Children of the Earth

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                    'This is the first talk of Thay from the Summer Opening in Plum Village, given on the 8th of July, 2011. Thay speaks on free will as something available to us in every moment, and on the Pure Land and the Kingdom of God. When mindfulness is there, forgetfulness is no longer there. Mindfulness is the light that allows us to be there, to be fully present in the here and the now, to be fully alive. And that is not very difficult. 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.'

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                    • The Young Heart of Ethics

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                      This is the talk of Thay from the 30th of Jun 2011, in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village during the Spring Retreat. Thay speaks about the tradition of monastic day in the Sangha, and as well about the Four Nutriments. Thay also shares about the Wake Up Movement, and how to build a Sangha of lay people, bringing the practice into schools. In particular, Thay focuses on how to bring the practice of global ethics into schools.

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