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Perhaps to many readers, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is no stranger. He is one of the most famous Zen masters in the world, who is regarded by Buddhists as a living Buddha in reincarnation.

His books, his teachings are circulated all over the planet. Since the seventies of the last century, he has been a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. I know he is a bit later, but he is also decades before Hoang Anh Suong.

It was spring time. Like all Vietnamese people, I took my wife and children to the Bo De pagoda (Gia Lam, Hanoi). At this temple, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Sangha used to come to preach. Then, while waiting for my wife to turn to gold, I took my daughter for a walk around the temple. I was really surprised when I saw that in the store selling Buddhist scriptures and books of horoscopes and divination, there were many CDs of Dharma teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, both video discs, audio discs, but they are all sold at the same price at the same price, and sold very cheaply, only two thousand dong a disc. That money is not enough to buy a packet of peanut candy or a bunch of water spinach. But thanks to such a cheap price, a wandering shoe shine child or a beggar can easily get a lecture by a world-famous Zen master.

I bought a few discs to listen to at home. Listening also out of curiosity. But after listening, I started to fall in love with his teachings. I was very surprised when in the Dharma talks of the world famous Zen master, I couldn’t see the pagoda, the Sutras, or even the Buddha, only the daily stories of myself, my family, and the people who lived there. a relative. It is as simple as all aspects of life. The Zen master guides us on how to have peace and serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of life, worries and resentments. How to be able to stand firm in the face of so many storms, rainstorms, jostles, envy. Then how to behave to establish communication with parents, spouses, children, friends, to have true love, to be understood and loved. In particular, what should we do when a loved one dies?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Everyone’s smile in life is very important

Coming to the Buddha does not have to wait for the miracle of the Buddha in some mysterious realm. It is important that we have faith.

When people die, where do they go? I really like ‘s interpretation Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He started the story from a drop of rain. Raindrops fell on the stone. I can clearly see the drop of water. It shines bright. Then it darkened like a brown dot. I clicked away, looked back, couldn’t see it anymore. Again, the raindrop is dead. It disappeared from the face of the earth. But not! Raindrops don’t die. It doesn’t go away either. It still exists. But exists in a different form. It has become a shady cloud over my head. Then from the clouds, it turned into rain, watering the whole earth.

Likewise, when our parents die, they don’t die either. The parent still exists, but exists in a different form. Parents are always in us, in every cell of our body. No need for a DNA test, just standing in front of the mirror. Fading behind our faces are the faces of our parents, the faces of our grandparents, and beyond that are our great-grandmothers and ancestors. Ancestors are always present in us. Then how should we live, how to cultivate to keep our face bright and beautiful. Our face is bright and beautiful, our soul is bright and beautiful, then the faces of our parents, grandparents, and ancestors are also bright and beautiful.

The table is so profound!

I am also very haunted by the story of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh about an American soldier. He fought in Vietnam. In a raid, he killed a child. The child is completely innocent. Therefore, he regrets, torments and suffers. So did many other soldiers. Those are good people. Only good people know regret. Returning to the US, they contracted an illness – Vietnam War Syndrome. Some people are mentally ill, can no longer live normally, and there is no hospital that can cure them. They went to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and studied one of his retreats.

The Zen master said that he had killed people anyway. Now, even if he regrets, regrets or changes his life, that child will not be able to live again. His crime is very serious. But he was still able to get rid of karma. The child did not come back to life, but there are still many other children in critical condition. They are hungry and sick. They will die if not saved. Then save them. If you save a child from death, you have solved the karma. You save the second, third, fourth…, you will become a Bodhisattva. And so, even sinners can become Bodhisattvas, if they know how to practice.

The soldier suddenly seemed to be liberated. He was completely cured. Have been able to return to normal life. Then he went to do good deeds. He did not save a child from death, but he saved hundreds of unfortunate children in Vietnam and around the world.

According to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, happiness cannot be obtained from struggles.

According to Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, happiness cannot be obtained from struggles.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Life in the breath

I searched to buy books about Buddha, suttas, and lectures by other Venerables and Venerables. But to be honest, once you have listened to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, it is very difficult to listen to other monks. Sometimes, I even feel allergic. There is a monk who teaches the Buddhadharma, but his eyes are wide and wide, his voice is rough, grumpy, and full of anger. Someone was teaching and teasing some female Buddhists sitting below. Some even created an attraction by telling very profane and sloppy jokes, including the story of Tofu from the village biting tofu from the temple. Teaching the Dharma, directing people to Buddhism, and bringing the monk to the parade, who still believes in the Buddha or the monk?

I have to go back to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Collected again the recordings of his Dharma talks. Then I tried to convert the CDs and VCDs of his lectures into MP4, MP3. I put in the Ipod, Ipad and then give it to my friends and relatives. Journalist Hoang Anh Suong was the first person I gave that precious gift. I know you are a talented journalist. He is also very good at lecturing. Many articles and speeches by Hoang Anh Suong about the Tea ceremony, spirituality, and extrasensory perception are very interesting and interesting. I myself have also written an introduction to his book “Amulets from Muong”. I said to Sung: “Listen. There are thousands of songs in this. Dozens of unique novels from around the world are broadcast on the Voice of Vietnam Radio Late Night Reading program. But first, listen to Master Nhat Hanh’s part. Much. Listen to the lectures first, then listen to the long stories of the teacher later.”

At that time, Hoang Anh Suong was passionately studying psychics. He wandered through the forest, crossed the mountain with them to find the graves of martyrs, and then studied the spirit calls. He looks like he’s always busy. People are sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. Sometimes it is also painful because of the quarrel of psychics with each other. I asked, “Have you heard? Have you heard Master Nhat Hanh preach?” “I heard. But give up halfway. Grandpa is so cool. One sentence in May, one sentence in November. Awesome!”.

I know I’m ungrateful. Want to direct relatives to Buddhism. But my face looks crooked. How can people believe? A naive person who doesn’t even believe it can convince a sharp pen like Hoang Anh Sung!

That stale story. Hoang Anh Suong and I still see each other often, but we don’t talk about it anymore. He also threw the Ipod 160 GB I gave him in a corner somewhere. I didn’t ask and he didn’t care.

Then, in the summer of 2013, he suddenly boasted to me: “Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh invited me to go to the US for three months to attend his retreats and teachings throughout the United States.” “Then you go now” – I told Suong. “That’s great. Whatever it is, let it go. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You must go now!”.

Just like my prediction. That trip was very interesting. The meeting between journalist Hoang Anh Sung and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh seemed to be guided and arranged by God and Buddha. He had a lot of valuable material about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that I provided before, but because he refused to listen, when he contacted him in the US, he was still empty-handed. He was as pure as a blank sheet of paper. And then, during the three months following Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh across the United States, he discovered for himself the immense stature of the Zen master.

He was surprised to see people from all over the world flocking to America to listen to the Zen master preaching the Buddhadharma. Among those thousands of listeners were famous politicians, prominent scientists who had been awarded the Nobel Prize. The level, social status and fate of each person are also very different, but they all respect the Zen Master and consider him as a living Buddha. He was also surprised to learn that every hour of Zen Master’s lecture was paid a lot of money. But Zen master lived extremely frugally. The Zen master’s possessions and belongings were worth nothing. That huge amount of money, Zen master used to feed thousands of disciples in the Sangha, and then made charity for unfortunate people all over the world.

In Vietnam, during the years of subsidy, many poor artists received his help. One of them is the poet Hoang Cam. Later, through the memoirs of Sister Chan Khong, I learned that secret. Hoang Cam received the money sent by Sister Chan Khong. And he thought Chan Khong was a businessman or a young lady, a rich and romantic lady who loved his love poems very much. He had absolutely no idea it was a nun. And the money he received was money from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Happiness is peace, without peace there is no happiness, peace in body and mind.  If people are filled with too much stress, the body is not at peace, how can the mind be at peace?

Happiness is peace, without peace there is no happiness, peace in body and mind. If people are filled with too much stress, the body is not at peace, how can the mind be at peace?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: Life in the breath


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