We had a beautiful day with 26 participants today. Thank you for coming and for sharing your mindfulness, concentration and insights.
Here’s the online version of the Dharma Talk by Thay if you want to watch it again:
“This is the first Dharma talk offered by Thay in the Body and Mind Are One Retreat, given at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, on Saturday, August 13th, 2011. Thay speaks about the term “sahabhu,” which he defines as “co-being” or “co-interbeing”. “In Buddhism we practice mindfulness and concentration. Mindfulness is to be aware of what is there, and we can choose the object of our mindfulness. We can be aware of a flower or a cloud, or of our in-breath. The energy of mindfulness brings with it the energy of concentration. When mindfulness and concentration are powerful we get a breakthrough, an insight—we understand the nature of what is there.” Thay continues to share about the dual nature of birth and death: “We are experiencing birth and death at every moment. Death is now, together with birth. They manifest together at the same time. You cannot say the above exists, and then the below later. The have to exist at the same time. Why are we afraid of dying? Wherever there is death there is life. We are not used to seeing things and thinking of things in term of interbeing. That is why fear and despair are born.” Thay speaks about the nature of the body, the mind, and the environment. “In neuroscience they ask whether consciousness is created by the brain; whether the brain and the mind are the same thing. How can something objective like the brain create something subjective like the mind. So there is the ‘in’ and the ‘out’ scientists are still caught in dualistic thinking. The wisdom of non-discrimination can help scientists to get an insight more quickly.” Thay dedicates the second section of the talk to the concrete practice of mindful breathing, including the first few steps of mindful breathing as delineated in the Mindfulness of Breathing Sutra. Thay reminds us to practice mindfulness and meditation correctly: “Life is already full of suffering, why do you have to suffer more with Buddhist meditation?” – by Plum Village Online Monastery.
Luckily this time we were able to take some photos to share with you. Not so many though. In our super quiet room, the sound of the camera’s lens suddenly became so obvious. Enjoy!