The Venerable shares his personal experience along with ancient Buddhist practice methods of successfully handling life’s changes and impermanence. Key components of this talk are creating harmony in relationships by first caring for our own body, mind and feelings. In described marriage ceremony, “mixing earth and lighting a candle” becomes a valuable metaphor of individuals coming together, transcending such differences as cultural backgrounds and race with right effort for a successful union.

We are taught to live with greater happiness by having: faith, precepts/trainings, generosity and insight. The art of happiness is a skill that takes effort; much more effort than the art of fear, despair and anger. We are encouraged to begin practicing when we’re young, to learn and mature the practice of true love, known as the 4 immeasurable minds; cultivating love for ourselves and others. By learning to love ourselves when young, we can avoid the complex of inferiority and take better care of our body, and other 4 skandhas. We learn that deep feelings of self-care are developed during childhood with parental acts of unconditional love. Our self-care and happiness are gifts for those around us.

Direct download: 2017-06-04-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh.mp3
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From Wake Up 2017 Retreat

Direct download: 2017-04-27-Sr-Mai-Nghiem.mp3
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Sister Kinh Nghiem offers meditation of the body.

Direct download: 2017-05-07-Sr-Kinh-N.mp3
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In this talk, Brother Phap Ho shares on the theme of this year's Wake Up Retreat, Loving Yourself, Healing the World. He talks about his personal experience with mindfulness, concentration and insight emerging in the light of the four elements of love. With our daily practice guided by the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we can create healing for ourselves, for those around us, and for the wider world. Enjoy.

Direct download: 2017-04-28-Br-Phap-Ho.mp3
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Sister Kinh Nghiem offers insights on cultivating true love using the Buddha's discourse on love, and including her personal experience. She offers guidance on being at peace by utilizing loving speech and having relationships with qualities of being upright, honest, just, and humble. Weaved within the talk are practices of having reverence for the other, watering each other's positive seeds, and letting go of pride. Practical ways of applying true love are offered by using the 6 mantras.

Direct download: 2017-04-23-Sr-Kinh-Nghiem.mp3
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Thay Phap Dang shares about the thresholds into our personal practice for joy, happiness and compassion.

Direct download: 2017-04-16-Br-Phap-Dang-Eng.mp3
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2017-03-30 Thay Phap Dang

2017-03-31 OI Panel: What is OI?

2017-04-01 Question and Answer

2017-04-02 Thay Phap Hai and Karen Hilsberg

Direct download: 2017-03-30-Thay-Phap-Dang.mp3
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Talk from Winter 2016-2017 Retreat Opening Day.

Translated by Sister Kinh Nghiem.

Direct download: 2016-11-27-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
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Br. Phap Vu reflects on the 2016 US election, shares how to practice with its results and ends with a short question and answer session.

A short biography of Br. Phap Vu: http://www.tnhtour.org/2015/09/03/meet-the-monastics-chan-phap-vu/

Direct download: 2016-11-20-Br-Phap-Vu-Eng.mp3
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Presentation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams (2016-08-05)

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to continue sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color.

Today, Rev. angel Kyodo williams offers a presentation and reading based on the newly published book, Radical Dharma.  In this sharing, Rev. angel invites us into a long overdue conversation about race alongside love and liberation.  As part of this conversation, Rev. angel speaks about the social construct of whiteness, while calling us back into our humanity and to be in touch with the "thing underneath the thing."

A few excerpts:
"...we have the greatest potential to actually pull it up at its roots.  Interestingly enough, we have that opportunity through this gift of the Dharma that actually invites us to be able to look with clear seeing eyes at things that are not real...that are figments of our imagination and figments of other people's imaginations...Race is a grand social figment."  

"As Dharma teachers, the way we survived the aggression and violence of a white dominant form of Dharma that was coming to us---is that we got underneath the thing. We got to the thing underneath the thing. We had to get down to who we really were. And simultaneously appreciate our teachers, our lineages, the texts as they were given but also have a fundamental trust in who we were in our basic humanity."

"What does Dharma become when it's expressed through the experience of someone who lives in a Black body."

--Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective liberation and great aspiration to strengthen the Beloved Community.

To stay connected with Rev. angel, visit http://angelkyodowilliams.com.

Direct download: 2016-08-05-Rev-Angel-Kyodo-Williams.mp3
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