Inspiration

Adventures In Mindful Moviemaking By Larry Kasanoff

I make movies about martial arts, science fiction, killer robots, funny cartoon characters, pretty girls.  And I love it. An article in the Washington Post about me once started this way: “…fights, explosions, mindblowing visual effects and hot babes – this is Larry Kasanoff’s formula for success in the movie business.” So how did I […]

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Mindfulness: Be Happy Now

Mindfulness: the art of simply being present. From Oprah to Phil Jackson to Anderson Cooper, it’s an art practiced by some of the world’s most successful people. Brought to the west by Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who was once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mindfulness has […]

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All in my Heart (Children’s Song)

A song written during the 2012 Holiday Retreat in Deer Park Monastery. Music by Nhu-Mai Nguyen (@sorbetskies) Lyrics by Nhu-Mai and children from the Children’s Program The Sun! The Sun, it shines! On my face and on my eyes The su-u-u-un shines in my heart (2x) The River! The River, it flows! From the mountains […]

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Chân Dung

Nhạc và lời: Thiền sư Thích Nhất Hạnh Thiền ca: Sư cô Thi Nghiêm Gió sớm mai hồng lật những trang ngà Tập thơ thời gian vô cùng dệt bằng tơ lụa không gian, đóng bìa xanh rừng thẳm Những trang thơ mênh mang lòng đại dương bát ngát Tôi tìm bài thơ chân dung […]

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Happiness is Here & Now

Happiness is here and now I have dropped my worries Nowhere to go, nothing to do No longer in a hurry. Happiness is here and now I have dropped my worries Somewhere to go, something to do But I don’t need to hurry. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering)

  The creator of this video is R Smittenaar. Read by Thich Nhat Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem. The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased […]

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Students Experienced Uninterrupted Peace and Acceptance

Dear Sangha, Please accept my apologies for not letting you know sooner how transformative the retreat has been for my students. We arrived back in New Orleans after 8pm on Sunday. The students went home, slept, and luckily the very next morning we were all able to see each other again. We immediately sang together, […]

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High School Students : the Aftermath

Retreat with high school students from New Orleans on March 17-21, 2012: the aftermath! Dear Sangha, I hope everyone is enjoying the day of mindfulness at the center. Here in New Orleans it is a beautiful, clear day…many birds are singing. I wanted to share with you several things that have happened since our return […]

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I Love Myself

In the time that has passed since I was at that monastery, I have often written you. I did not send the letters because the words seemed too feeble to express my gratitude. But today, while eating breakfast mindfully, I realized that the week I spent with you saved my life. I stopped eating and […]

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