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CBD 2021:Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book, a talk with his monastics

October 27, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: Zoom Meeting

Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics Brother Phap Huu and Sister True Dedication will offer insights regarding the following questions: How can we engage to help society and the planet, without burning out? How can we know what to do, and what not to do, to really help? How can we handle deep feelings of climate anxiety, fear, and despair?

In this 90-minute session with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns living in his Plum Village in France, will explore these urgent questions from the solid foundation of the present moment. The session will begin with a guided meditation to connect to the Earth, and continue with a short, inspiring talk exploring Zen teachings on ecology, interbeing, and engaged action, as featured in Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet (publication date: October 5, 2021). The session will include a pause for mindful body movements and conclude with a dialogue and opportunity to ask your own questions, live.

For 3 mornings after this talk the monastrics will lead a guided practice. Information on each of those sessions is avaialbe at the following links: on 10/28 iPause 3 Awareness: Tangerine Meditation, on 10/29 iPause 4 How Not To Be Afraid of Strong Emotions, and on 10/30  iPause 5 Zen and the Art of Walking Meditation.

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. 

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2021. After Sept. 1, 2021, REGISTER HERE