Thich Hanh Näht or engaged Buddhism

Three monks of the monastery of Plum Village were in Spain to present to the media the Spanish tour of Thich Hanh Näht. There was also Yoga network.

Monks Thich Nant Hanh

The zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh It is one of the spiritual leaders with more followers in the West. He was born in central Viet Nam in 1926 and was formed in Zen and Mahayana Buddhism. Thay ("master" in Vietnamese) has combined his knowledge of Buddhism with the methods and ideas of Western psychology to form their approach to the practice of modern zenfor this reason it has become a very important influence on the development of Buddhism for Westerners.

Poet, activist for peace and human rights, there has been an extraordinary life. The Viet Nam war confronted the monasteries to the difficult question of whether lead a contemplative life and engage only in meditation or help their fellow citizens suffered under the attacks of the pumps and the devastation of the war. Thay was one of those who decided to do both, helping to found the movement of "engaged Buddhism". He has dedicated his life, since then, the work of the personal transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

The school for Social Service, an organization of assistance for the reconstruction of the villages and bombed-out villages, building schools and medical centers, the rehousing of families and the Organization of agricultural cooperatives founded in Saigon in 1966. With the help of more than 10,000 student volunteers, the school based their work on the Buddhist principles of non-violence and compassionate action.

In United States Thich Nhat Hanh asked to Martin Luther King that you oppose the Viet Nam war publicly, thus helping the peace movement. The following year, King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Later Thay led the Buddhist delegation at the Summit for peace in Paris.

In September 2001, just a few days after the attacks on the World Trade Center, gave a memorable speech on nonviolence and forgiveness, at the Riverside Church in New York. In September 2003, he gave a speech to members of the Congress of the United States, in a two-day retreat.

Thich Nhat Hanh continues to live today in Plum Village, in the community of meditation which he founded, where he teaches, writes his prolific literary work on meditation, full consciousness and peace and working in their gardens. Thay also runs retreats all over the world on the "art of conscious life".

The monastery of Plum Village, founded in 1982 in the vicinity of Bordeaux, is one of the most popular centers of spirituality by men and women from across Europe in search of themselves through meditation. Thay is that the if not we can approach to the monastery, the monastery is approaching the street, families, children, to everyday life. From there the continuous comings and goings of monks and lay people teaching workshops and seminars and the liveliness of creating sanghas.

The Spanish tour

Thich Nhat Hanh is visiting for the first time Spain between on April 27 and may 10, 2014 to disseminate his teachings through public talks, a massive March and a retreat in El Escorial (Madrid) of four days, which may assist families with children up to a maximum of 700 people. Also, in Barcelona, will be held a few days of "Mindfulness in education", to educators from colleges and universities teach the advantages of this practice that allows to integrate meditation into every daily Act of every day.

The program was recently presented to the media by two of the monks of the Congregation, Phap Lieu and Phap Dan, and Miguel, the Phap are exmonje. We wanted to we have What are the teachings of Thay to other branches of Buddhism. They answered that "full awareness" as the basis for the practice. The teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh do not differentiate between spiritual life and personal life, family, politics, society, social justice… The objective is not to obtain the immediate benefit of inner peace but harmonize all expressions of our life.

Adaptation of Thich Nhat Hanh to real-life desire is proportional to the conviction that the mindfulness or mindfulness practices can reverse the suffering of human beings, transform it, and through it all, transform the world.

The notion of "full awareness" - explained the monks - comes from the Vietnamese life stage of the master. Is understood as manifestation of an engaged Buddhism. It is more than a technique because it extends to live listening, speaking, thinking. Implies a ethical commitment: live more harmoniously and cause less suffering. "It's become more aware of my interactions with the world and things. Full consciousness is the ability to observe and feel in my relationship with what surrounds me”.

Does Thich Nhat Hanh to reach both Westerners and especially young people? Answer the Plum Village monks: "when he speaks, makes connecting with a simple idea: everyone within the conditions to be happy in the reality and the immediate life". Says the monk Phap Dan: "Also highlights his great compassion towards human beings".

"You can avail to go to a monastery from time to time to nurture your conscience, but is in your daily life where we prove that everything is meditation (from writing with your computer or talking on the phone) If you live with the light of your consciousness."

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