1. Thich Nhat Hanh - The Practice of Concentration


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    On the fifth day of the "Happiness is Here and Now" Retreat at the YMCA of Hong Kong on Sunday, November 7th, 2010, Thay teaches how to touch nirvana and no-birth no-death through the practice of three types of concentration. "In Buddhism we like to speak in terms of manifestation and non-manifestation instead of creation and destruction... We speak about the non-duality of the subject and the object of consciousness. Buddha and living beings interare. You cannot take living beings out of the Buddha and you cannot take the Buddha out of living beings. Many Christian mystics have been able to touch this non-duality. These Christian mystics do not see God as something outside."

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    • Thich Nhat Hanh - Hong Kong Convention Center


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      This is the final talk from the Southeast Asia Tour 2010 entitled "Happiness is Here and Now" and offered to over 8000 people, including 320 online, on November 14, 2010.

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      • Thich Nhat Hanh - "Suffering is OK" - Talk 3


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        "If you need to suffer, that is OK, but it is not OK to only suffer. You have to train yourself to accept yourself. Allow yourself to cry, allow yourself to see another way out." "When the lotus grows it is not only due to mud, but also due to the sun, the water, the air, etc. Everyone has some suffering. No one can claim that I have no suffering at all. So don't suffer uselessly."

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        • Talk 1 - "Enjoying the Ultimate" - Winter Retreat 2010-11


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          This is the opening talk of the Winter Retreat of 2010-2011 given on Nov. 28, 2010 in the Lovingkindness Hall of New Hamlet, Plum Village. Thầy continues to talk on the Discourse on Enjoying the Ultimate, Verses 21-24.

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          • Thich Nhat Hanh - This Is Because That Is - YMCA Retreat Day 4


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            On the fourth day of the "Happiness is Here and Now" Retreat at the YMCA of Hong Kong on Sunday, November 7th, 2010, Thay speaks on the teaching of being free from a separate self. "You are a flower in the garden of humanity. You are made of non-you elements. You are made of father, mother, ancestors, food, education. If you remove all these non-you elements, there is no you left. So when you look into the lotus and see the mud, you know that the mud is essential for the lotus to be. So you have no further discrimination against the mud. This insight is so crucial for us to be happy, because if you see things in a dualistic way there will always be discrimination, separation, violence and fear."

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            • Talk 2 - "Space Outside of Space" - Winter Retreat 2010-11


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              This is the second talk of this Winter Retreat. Thay's voice in Vietnamese is on the left stereo channel, and the English translation by Sister Kinh Nghiem is on the right channel. Adjust the balance on your computer to hear one or the other with more or less volume. Thay continues to teach on the sutra on "Space Outside of Space", and also shares on the practice of walking meditation and touching the Earth.

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              • Every Step For My Mother and Father


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                This is the first talk of Thay of the Spring Retreat, after returning from the EIAB in Germany, offered in the New Hamlet of Plum Village on the 12th of June 2011. Thay in Vietnamese is on the left channel (missing the first few minutes due to a technical glitch), and the English translation is on the right stereo channel.

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                • To Be Means to Interbe


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                  'This is the final talk of talk of Thay from the German Retreat, offered on the 21st of May in 2011 in Waldbr?l, Germany at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism. Thay shares about the Eightfold Noble Path, particularly the three karmas of body, speech and mind. What we produce in terms of thought, speech, and actions will never be lost. When this body of ours disintegrates, our karma continues always, and will be expressed in new forms of life. So the dissolution of this body does not mean our end. By practicing mindfulness, concentration, and insight it is possible to ensure a beautiful continuation into the future.'

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                  • Bamboos Stick Exercises (Dong Sticks)


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                    The aim of this video is to demonstrate the exercises for those who would like to learn to do them. Movements done by June Mitchell on retreat at Being Peace Practice Centre, Bradford Peverell, Dorset. The exercises are those proposed in 'The Life Sustaining Way of the Heart' by Zen Master Thich Tinh Tu. (The names June gives the exercises vary slightly from the original.) The bamboo cane should be approx. the same height as the practitioner. Filmed and edited by Mike Bell

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                    • Bloom


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                      "Bloom" is inspired by Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh who writes, "As thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it." I began exploring the interconnectedness of my environment to a sheet of paper by filming through a sheet of semi-transparent paper and shooting with a slow shutter speed. No images in this film were digitally altered in editing. They appear exactly as I shot them. I like to say that I didn't make "Bloom". I discovered it by shifting my own, heavily conditioned, and sometimes dull perspective and viewing my everyday surroundings with openness and the attitude of someone who had, for instance, never seen grass before. In Bloom, I’m exploring changing perspectives and the infinite source of possibilities hidden within each moment.

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