I Have Arrived, I Am Home: Celebrating 20 Years of Plum Village Life by Thich Nhat HanhThích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan. He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.
I Have Arrived (Plum Village Song) – Piano – Bao-Tich
I Have Arrived, I Am Home
However, it was such a small center that we could not receive many students. So we came to the south to look for land and establish a practice center that could hold more people. When we first saw the Upper Hamlet, I liked it immediately because it was beautiful. I saw the path that we could use for our walking meditation, and I fell in love with it at first sight. However, Mr. Dezon, the landowner, did not want to sell the property.
August 21, For the children, we are encouraged to create a breathing room in our homes. Every civilized home in the 21st century should have such a room with a bell and a flower. Breathing with the bell we can bring out mind and body together. Thay speaks about how we are the continuation of our parents, using the example of a seed of corn that cannot remember, once it is a plant, that it was once a seed. Our father also.
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I have arrived, I am home - Plum village song (lyrics)
I always smile to how annoyed that makes me, haha. Wonderful simple mantras that only become stronger as you realize the depth in their elegance. The parking lot does truly feel a bit like a staging area. You can walk up the road to the right or up the stairs to the main courtyard. The fresh mountain air, the hummingbirds squawking, the rolling hills completely covered in vegetation, the sun coming up as you arrive — are all such beautiful things that in harmony really make you appreciate the perfection in choosing a truly zen place that makes it very, very easy to connect with Mother Earth and Father Sun.
These three simple words have changed my life dramatically. In this compelling text, he discusses using it daily as a reminder that each of us, in each moment of our day, is exactly where we belong. The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive. I followed this suggestion and now use it as a tool at the end of my morning prayers-reflection-meditation. I say it with conviction. Could they really make that much of a difference?