Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thich Nhat Hanh

Cultivating Happiness, Relieving Pain

In the first part of this talk, Thich Nhat Hanh addresses families, offering concrete methods from Buddhism to develop and sustain a family practice that includes children and adults. Beginning Anew – a community meeting of appreciation, deep listening and understanding that is practiced weekly at Plum Village – is explained for family use. Bell practice is described so that all members of the family can take part in it. He gives suggestions for establishing a breathing room in the home and a weekly family meditation time. But most importantly, he reminds us to eat a meal together each day, listen deeply to each others’ words, and speak to each other with love and from our hearts. This is true family practice.

In the 2nd part (58m), Thich Nhat Hanh describes exercises of mindful breathing that were developed by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. When you practice mindful breathing, you create the energy of awareness – that awareness can be used to go home to the body and lessen pain and suffering. The breath exercises given here bring joy and happiness into the body and give you the tools to recognize painful feelings and bring relief to them.

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