'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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