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Auspicious Signs

December 10, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at New Hamlet, Temple of Loving Kindness, Plum Village.

The fourth talk (72 minutes) continues where we left off with the December 3 dharma talk on exploring the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign) this Winter Retreat.

Here we review the 10th, 11th, and 12th gathas of the discourse. Topics include vegetarianism, chastity, wisdom, faith (one of the Five Sources of Power), equanimity.

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A Happy Moment Continues

December 3, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at New Hamlet, Temple of Loving Kindness, Plum Village.

We took a slight detour by posting the December 6 (see Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks to World Leaders) talk first because it was important to hear that talk during the time of the world events. We now resume the dharma talks for the Winter Retreat on the topic of happiness.

This talk continues where we left off on November 29 (see This Moment is a Happy Moment) with the comparison of two versions of the Discourse on Happiness (or Sutra on Auspicious Sign). It begins with a scholarly discussion of early Buddhist history as it relates to the texts we are reviewing.

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Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks to World Leaders

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December 6, 2009 dharma talk from Plum Village given by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) to world leaders, spiritual leaders, political leaders and to us.

Thay uses the familiar language of our basic practice like sitting meditation, walking meditation, the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and a collective awakening to send a message to world leaders meeting in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (December 7-18) and those in Melbourne for the Parliament of the World Religions (December 3-9)

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This Moment is a Happy Moment

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November 29, 2009 dharma talk translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong at the Dharma Nector Temple, Lower Hamlet, Assembly of Stars Meditation Hall Plum Village.

This is the second dharma talk of the 2009-2010 Winter Retreat taking place at Plum Village in France.

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The Art of Happiness

November 26, 2009. Translated from Vietnamese by Sr. Chan Khong. New Hamlet. Plum Village.

This is the first dharma talk of the 2009-2010 Winter Retreat taking place at Plum Village in France. It is the fourth day of this annual 90-day retreat. The topic for the retreat is The Art of Happiness.

In this talk Thay begins our exploration of happiness by drawing a direct connection to suffering. It is linked to the practice with our feelings.

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