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  1. This is the second talk of Thay offered in the third week of the Summer Opening Retreat, on Sunday, July  22nd, 2012 in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village. Thay speaks in French; to hear the translation in English listen only to the right earphone/stereo channel.

    00:00 Title Screen
    02:00 Monastic Chant: Heart Sutra in French and English
    18:00 Introduction/Guided Meditation
    21:00 In Us There Is Freshness
    22:00 Pebble Meditation
    44:20 The deep connection (interbeing, 相即) between suffering and happiness
    50:00 Non discrimination of left and right
    53:40 The line of life meditation
    01:00:00 There is no creation but there is manifestation
    01:10:10 The story of Kaccayana: About right view (prajñā, 正見)
    01:16:30 Sahabhu (俱有); saha = together, bhu = being; being together
    01:19:15 The Four Noble Truth: Ill being, the production of ill being, cessation of ill being, the path leading to the cessation of ill being
    01:27:40 The fifth mindfulness training about consumption
    01:30:10 The Eight Noble Path
    01:48:00 Karma (業): Tripple Karma - Thinking (意), Speech (口), Physical (身), Retribution (果報), there is twofold retribution: 1. Your own body and mind (正報), 2. The environment (依報)

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  2. 'This is the third 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 Saturday, August 13th, 2011. Thay speaks about the steps in the practice of mindfulness of breathing: 1) aware of the in and out breath, 2) following the in and out breath, 3) aware of body, 4) releasing tension in the body, 5) recognizing joy, 6) recognizing happiness, 7) aware of painful feelings, 8) embracing painful feelings, 9) recognizing mental formations, 10) invigorating the mind, 11) concentrating the mind, 12) liberating the mind. Thay continues to share about the Three Doors of Liberation: 1) emptiness, 2) signlessness, 3) aimlessness. Emptiness does not mean non-existence. A glass can be empty or full of tea, but in order to be empty or full the glass needs to be there. So emptiness does not mean non-existence. This glass is empty of tea, but it is full of air. So it is helpful for us to ask, 'Empty of what?' To be empty is always to be empty of something. When we contemplate a flower like this, we see the flower is full of everything: the cloud, the sunshine, the Earth, time, space, the gardener---everything has come together to help the flower to manifest. Why do we say it is empty? It is empty of only one thing: a separate existence. A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower is full of non-flower elements. It is clear that the flower has to be interbe with everything in the cosmos. She cannot be by herself alone. To be by oneself alone is impossible. So we begin to see the interdependence of everything. He uses the example of a match which requires the action of us striking it for a flame to manifest. In life we are the same: when we ask 'Where do we come from?' or 'Where are we going?' we see that we do not come from anywhere. When conditions come together sufficiently, I manifest. My nature is the nature of no coming and no going. When conditions are no longer sufficient, I just stop manifestation and wait for a chance to manifest again. My nature is no coming, no going.'

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  3. This is the Question and Answer Session offered by Thay in the Open Mind Open Heart Retreat, which took place in the War Memorial Gym of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday, August 12th, 2011. Thay answers questions first from the children, then from the young adults and the older practitioners: 1) How did Thay feel when he left his country? 2) Where did you learn to become mindful and to breathe? 3) Have you accomplished the highest level of Buddhism yet, and if you haven't, do you think you will? and will you play soccer with the kids today? 4) Do you believe you have reached the stage of enlightenment, and if not do you think you will at some stage in your life? 5) What was it like being on the Oprah Winfrey show? 6) What is the goal of Buddhism? 7) I sometimes find myself wallowing in self-doubt, and that keeps me from fully enjoying myself. Do you have any advice on how I can overcome my self-doubt? 8) I have a deep volition to practice, but I am very forgetful, and I lose connection with it. Among the many practices that Thay has given, what is the best way for me to connect with that volition? 9) I suffer a lot, and I realize it is part of the practice. I see that my suffering comes from a chronic illness that causes me a lot of physical pain, and also from my life as an activist. I feel at times a lot of despair about what is happening in the world around us. What advice would you have for those of us living with physical pain and despair in our care for the world? 10) For many years I have admired the way you treat children and have them be a part of the Sangha. I am wondering if you would talk with us about ways to bring the practices to the inner cities, practices like mindful breathing and walking that can help them have a better life? 11) I really feel that there is a shift in society from the ego and the intellect into the heart. Do you also feel this? Also, does what is happening in the environment reflect that shift?

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  4. 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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  5. This is the talk of Thay from the Lower Hamlet, the 23rd of June of 2011, given during the Spring (pre-Summer) Retreat. Thay speaks about the life of the Vietnamese anti-war songwriter and musician Trinh Cong Son, and the experience of Thay, Sister Chan Khong, and Thay Phap An in the 1960s. He goes on to share about the Great Requiem Ceremonies in Vietnam in 2007. The rest of the talk Thay continues teaching about practicing while touring with the Sangha.

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