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The Heart of Understanding with Thich Nhat Hanh

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In "The Heart of Understanding", world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh takes listeners through the Prajñāpāramitā -- or Heart -- Sutra.  The following transcribed excerpt from this program shows how readily accessible these teachings are when presented by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to participate in this meditation. Here is a piece of paper. Usually we don’t pay very much attention to this piece of paper because when we take out one piece of paper, we think of other things than the piece of paper itself. If we look at this sheet of paper carefully enough, we can see that there is a cloud floating in it even if we are not a poet.


And this is very real because if the cloud is not there, the paper is not there. If there is no cloud there is no rain, and the forest cannot grow, and there is no paper because we need the trees in order to make paper. Every time you pick up the New York Times or the San Francisco Chronicle, you have to see the cloud in the newspaper. We have to see the forest in order to bring the Sunday edition of the New York Times. We need something like a forest because the New York Times is very heavy, two kilograms I think the Sunday edition. And we don’t look at the newspaper in that way so we should learn to look at the newspaper like that.

 

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Looking Deeply with Thich Nhat Hanh

Cover-TNH-looking_deeply-BL Beloved Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers teachings on mindfulness in a series of lectures titled "Looking Deeply."  The following transcribed lecture from this program gives us a taste of how Thay -- Thich Nhat Hanh's nickname -- approaches the sometimes overwhelming subject of realization with simplicity, making it accessible to all of us.

Ladies and gentlemen, during this retreat we will learn to do together some of the things like smiling, breathing, sitting, walking, looking, eating, and so this is not difficult, but I think we can learn from each other a lot. We talk about realization. Realization is a difficult word but it is not really so difficult. For instance when we smile, that’s realization. We realize a smile. You are smiling and you realize something very important. So realizing is what we are going to realize. Breathing, sitting, smiling, eating, looking, all of things are realizations, and we do not need a lot of time on order to do so.  

This is not the kind of realization that we talk about every day, like realizing a project. Because realizing a project -- we need time. But this kind of realization we are going to realize -- these don’t need time. Like you don’t need much time to smile; you just smile and then you have realized some very important thing. When we see a flower, when we look at a flower and if we really see the flower, that means we have realized something very important because many times we look at the flower but we do not see the flower so we miss it. We don’t realize to see, so we are going to learn to practice realization in order to see things -- to see things in ourselves and to see things around us.

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Planting Seeds with Thich Nhat Hanh

Today we bring to you Planting Seeds featuring songs from Thich Nhat Hanh.  A beautiful collection for any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children.  It is full of wisdom on how to simply be with children and nourish their compassion for themselves and others.

You will be enchanted with Planting Seeds, Practicing Mindfulness with Children featuring Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community.  The CD has inspiring recordings of all the songs in the book, Planting Seeds, as well as a guided pebble meditation, total relaxation, and children's touching the earth.

 


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The Heart of Understanding with Thich Nhat Hanh

\heart_of_understanding Thich Nhat Hanh
In "The Heart of Understanding", world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh takes listeners throug the Prajñāpāramitā -- or Heart -- Sutra.  The following transcribed excerpt from this program shows how readily accessible these teachings are when presented by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to participate in this meditation. Here is a piece of paper. Usually we don’t pay very much attention to this piece of paper because when we take out one piece of paper, we think of other things than the piece of paper itself. If we look at this sheet of paper carefully enough, we can see that there is a cloud floating in it even if we are not a poet.


And this is very real because if the cloud is not there, the paper is not there. If there is no cloud there is no rain, and the forest cannot grow, and there is no paper because we need the trees in order to make paper. Every time you pick up the New York Times or the San Francisco Chronicle, you have to see the cloud in the newspaper. We have to see the forest in order to bring the Sunday edition of the New York Times. We need something like a forest because the New York Times is very heavy, two kilograms I think the Sunday edition. And we don’t look at the newspaper in that way so we should learn to look at the newspaper like that.

 

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Thich Nhat Hanh Information and Links