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Thread: How was your week ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olderon View Post
    Thanks Polar Bear for the update re. Thich Nhat Hanh. Didn't meet him personally, but visited his monastery in Hue', Vietnam back in the early 1960's. We studied his writings / commentaries at the Zen Center in Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A in the late 1990's. Interestingly he reminds me of a Tibetan Nun, whose works we read at our ecumenical group here in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Her name escapes me at the moment, but will add it later, when it bubbles to the surface of my mind.

    Oops! Hre it is: Pema Ch�dr�n. If you are not familiar with her work, I highly recommend it, especially if you like Thich Nhat Hanh's.

    Thanks for the recommendation Olderon. I've read some articles on Lion's Roar about Pema Chodron and some by her. I think she is a pretty inspiring person but my familiarity with her is fairly limited. I may look into her teachings in more depth at some point. If you have any book or article recommendations by her I'd be interested to hear about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aloka View Post
    Yes, I had a thread here with updates.... but then any news about his condition just seemed to come to an end.


    I have a couple of his books on my shelf and still watch some of his YouTube videos from time to time, because he has something very special about him which seems quite different to other teachers in You Tube videos - or indeed to most of the Tibetan and Theravada teachers I've met in "meat space".
    I guess it was probably that thread that I was thinking of. I'd be interested in your thoughts if you have anything more specific to say about what you find special about him. I was hesitating to reply to this thread again at first just because I would be no longer talking about my week but I didn't really think my replies to you and Olderon were appropriate for a new thread either. But anyway, yeah, certainly Thich Nhat Hanh is a very calm, inspiring person and I'd be touched to hear your thoughts on him if you have anything specific to say about what you find inspiring about him. Also, what books of his do you have and do you recommend them/what did you like about them?

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    I'd be touched to hear your thoughts on him if you have anything specific to say about what you find inspiring about him. Also, what books of his do you have and do you recommend them/what did you like about them?
    Thank you for the suggestions Polar Bear. Maybe I'll l do that sometime in the future but at the moment I'm struggling with severe pain in my arm and both shoulders due to lifting some items which were too heavy for me - and my doctor said yesterday that I need to rest them. This includes not spending a lot of time attempting to type on the keyboad of my laptop.

    I'll also have to have a scan at a later date.

    Maybe someone else might like to say something about Ven Thich Nhat Hahn, I'm sure we have at least two members who've practised at hs centres.

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    Forums Member Olderon's Avatar
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    Hi, Aloka.

    Can relate to the aching body parts: Yesterday had to rush finishing-up my Spring raking and pre-emergent crabgrass treatment, because the weatherman predicted snow (again) for today. Wife also wanted to see a final showing of movie locally. Was barely able to walk at the end of the work day. Am feeling like I have done an honest days work this morning.

    Yes. These are truly "The Golden Years" .

    Polar Bear,

    I agree with your comment to move the discussion regarding Tich Nhat Hahn to The Zen section of our forum, but am concerned that others, who have never been exposed to his work, especially his approach and wisdom as to Buddhist activism, might not get a chance to know him as well as us old geezers do. So, hope you will include references, or at least links to his works herein for the sake of others, who might benefit from your thoughtfulness in sharing your experience and study.

    As Buddha was quoted: (paraphrasing) "He who knows The Dhamma knows me." And, "He who knows me knows The Dhamma." ....this statement surely applies to monastics such as Tich Nhat Hahn. Another way of expressing this concept in my experience is: "You know the tree by its fruit."

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