Climate change and the ensuing disease, destruction, and devastation warrant strong emotions which can include anxiety, fear, and despair. Skillful response to those emotions facilitates wise compassionate competent action to address climate change. This guided meditation practice will cultivate your skillful response to strong emotions. Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “it may not be possible to avoid suffering, but if you know how to suffer, you suffer much less.” In this session we will practice a guided meditation and explore an embodied Zen Buddhist approach to recognizing, embracing, and transforming our strong emotions as they arise.
This guided practice session builds on the Wednesday, 10/27 talk about Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet. Register here for the 10/27 talk. (Feel free to attend the 10/29 practice session even if you were not able to attend the talk on 10/27.)
Brother Phap Huu is a senior Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s international community and the Abbot of the monks’ community in Plum Village, the practice center founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in southwest France. Born in Vietnam, he emigrated to Canada as a child. He began training with Thich Nhat Hanh at the age of thirteen, when he first entered the monastery to become a monk. Thich Nhat Hanh gave him the name Chân Pháp Hữu meaning “True Dharma Friend.” For over ten years, he accompanied Thich Nhat Hanh on his international teaching tours as his attendant and assistant. Today, Brother Phap Huu is deeply committed to building community and continuing Thich Nhat Hanh’s legacy, bringing his teachings in particular to businesspeople, families, and young adults. Brother Phap Huu is passionate about basketball, music, and developing new approaches to team-work, leadership, mentoring and coaching.
Sister True Dedication is a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s community and the editor of his latest book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet. Before entering the monastery in 2008 at the age of 27, she studied at Cambridge University and worked as a journalist for BBC News in London. In the early years of her monastic training, she assisted Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong in their engaged Buddhist actions for human rights, religious freedom, applied ethics, and ecology. She is a co-founder of the international Wake Up Movement, a community of young meditators who are finding new ways to combine mindfulness and engaged Buddhism. She enjoys community-building, silence in nature, and (when it’s appropriate) acting in comedy skits.
iPause Guided Meditations are part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2021. After Sept. 1, 2021, REGISTER HERE