'On the fifth of February in 1966, a full moon day,
Thay Naht Hanh ordained the first six members of the Tiep Hien Order, the Order
of Interbeing. This Order was created
by Thay to help bring Buddhism directlyinto the arena of social concerns during a time when the war was
escalating and the teaching of the Buddha were most sorely needed.
It was a wonderful
celebration! Each of us was given a lamp with a handmade shade on which Thay
had calligraphed “Lamp of the World,” “Lamp of the Full Moon,” “Lamp of Wisdom,”
etc. in old style Chinese. During the initiation ceremony, we six ordainees
vowed to study, practice, and observe the Fourteen
Precepts of the Order of Interbeing. Since that day, I have felt that these
precepts are my primary teacher, especially when I have been under stress and
do not know the best way to act.'
BREATH IS THE BRIDGE that connects life to consciousness, the bridge that unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
#45 from: Your True Home- The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh
Pope Francis has designated February 8, 2016 as an International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Follow this link for the Plum Village article. 'It is clear that in this age of globalization, what happens to one of us, happens to us all. We are all interconnected, and we are all co-responsible. When we have more clarity in our mind, we will have compassion not only for the victims, but for the traffickers themselves.'
Thich Nhat Hanh, who had a significant stroke over a year ago, has been receiving intensive therapies over many months in the US to help restore speech and motor function. At his request, he has returned to his beloved Plum Village to continue his recovery.