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Thich Nhat Hahn writes, teaches and lives mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hahn is probably the most famous monk/author who writes, teaches and lives mindfulness.
He was born in 1926 in Central Vietnam and joined monkhood at age sixteen. He is now one of the most respected Zen-masters of the world.
After traveling on peace missions to the VS and Europe in 1966 he was unable to go back to Vietnam because he was exiled.
He is also renown of his influence on Martin Luther King Jr. Thich Nhat Hahn persuaded Martin Luther King Jr. to oppose the Vietnam War publicly.
A year later the master was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
He has published some 85 titles of accessible poems, prose, and prayers, with more than 40 in English, including the best selling; Call Me by My True Names, Peace Is Every Step, Being Peace, Touching Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ, Teachings on Love,The Path of Emancipation, and Anger.
He founded Plum Village in 1982 in France. It is a Buddhist monastery were master Thich Nhat Hahn teaches, meditates and takes care of the garden when he is not traveling around the world. Thich Nhat Hahn is giving many seminars on Mindfulness all around the world, Mama-Buddha placed one of this recorded seminars below for inspiration.
This is a video of a half day seminar on mindfulness.
You should take the time to see it all, to get into that strange, wonderful flow that master Thich Nath Hahn is creating, only by talking to you.
You get still, in yourself, aware…
But if you are really short of time, start the video at 57 minutes, the teacher will start his wise lessons from here.
Mindfulness…Thich Nhat Hahn
Mindfulness, healthy foods, no stress, good workforces, Google understands!
This video is a short (4 minute video) introduction on why Google invited Thich Nhat Hahn to their campus.
Meditation, according to many Buddhist teachers, is the only way to clear your mind and heal your body. The peace we all have inside of us, but most of the times we look outside ourselves to find it. The peace inside of us we all want to experience so badly, but only little of us seem to find.
There are many books written on meditation, but you can only use them as a guide, a starter. A meditation guru told me once: ‘Meditation you cannot learn from reading a book. You have to sit down, be quiet and experience it for yourself. And if you will not find the relaxation the first time, keep on trying. Only trough practice you will obtain these skills. No one can ‘teach’ you how a strawberry tastes; you have to eat it yourself. Then you know.’
The first time I heard this, I thought…this is so obvious, of course you have to do it yourself. Like all things in life, get up and ‘do it’. But you also need guidance, someone to help you on the road of meditation. But the truth is: you can mediate whenever, wherever you want. It is not difficult; you just have to find yourself a quiet spot, maybe some tranquilizing music, some incense for good smell and a nice pillow to sit on. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, do not change your breathing, just let it be, but be fully aware of it.
In the book: ‘Sun in my heart’, of the famous writer and mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hahn, a wonderful story about apple juice makes the importance of meditation clear, literally.
He tells a story of a little girl, who did not wanted to drink the glass of fresh apple juice he poured her. Because the juice was made of real apples, there was some pulp and the juice was cloudy because of it. The little girl did not like the look of it, so refused to drink it and walked away to play. After 30 minutes or so, the girl returned, and took a look at the juice. The pulp sunk to the bottom of the glass, the juice was clear! So the girl said: ‘Look Uncle Monk, the apple juice has meditated! It is clear now’.
We are like that apple juice, after 30 minutes of meditation ‘our clouds are sunk too’.
This video gives you some meditative music. By Okanokumo
‘Mama-Buddha, why are you calling your readers sunflower?’
Good question my sunflower!
Well, I love sunflowers. The color, the brightness, how they grow quickly and how they move their sunflower-heads towards the sun. It makes me feel warm and happy inside.
And you, my dear reader, you can also have a very fast (mentally) growth.
And I know that you also love light, sunshine, bright colors and happiness.
So that is why I refer to you as sunflowers.