Need to get into nature more? Or, to realize where nature is?

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Don’t go outside your house to see flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals.  That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there, you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after […]

Generosity: The 13th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website.   The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training: Generosity Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression, I am committed to cultivating loving kindness and learning ways […]

Right Conduct: The 14th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website. The Fourteenth Mindfulness Training: Right Conduct (for lay members) Aware that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the feeling of loneliness, but will create more suffering, frustration […]

Reverence for Life: The 12th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website. The Twelfth Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, I am determined to cultivate non-violence, understanding and compassion in […]

Right Livelihood: The 11th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website. The Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to the environment and society, I am committed not to live with […]

Protecting the Sangha: The 10th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website. The Tenth Mindfulness Training: Protecting the Sangha Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the practice of understanding and compassion, I am determined not […]

Truthful and Loving Speech: The 9th Mindfulness Training

This is from the fourteen mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay. You can see them and more related information on the Deer Park Monastery website. The Ninth Mindfulness Training: Truthful and Loving Speech Aware that words can create suffering or happiness, I am committed to learning to speak truthfully and constructively, using […]

Community and Communication: the 8th mindfulness training

The Eighth Mindfulness Training: Community and Communication Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, I am committed to training myself in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. I will learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create discord or cause the community […]

A New Poetic Language of the Heart

“I keep thinking we need a new language – a language of the heart; some kind of new language between people that is a new kind of poetry. It’s the poetry of the dancing bee that tells us where the honey is. I think to create that language, we’re going to have to learn how […]

Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment: The 7th Mindfulness Training

The Seventh Mindfulness Training: Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment Aware that life is available only in the present moment and that it is possible to live happily in the here and now, I am committed to training myself to live deeply each moment of daily life. I will try not to lose myself in […]