Compassion (Karuna) Dharma Talk

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Video of the Compassion Dharma Talk
This is the sixth talk of the Awakened Heart Series and this talk looks at the Compassion (Karuna)
The Second Element of True Love
The second element of true love is compassion, (karuna) and has the wish that all beings are free of suffering and the action of small moments of true connection, true seeing and reaching out in some way to help alleviate the pain and hurts of others.
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Thich Nhat Hanh on Death

“When you look a cloud… and then later the cloud is not there.
If you look deeply, you can see the cloud in the rain, and that is why it’s impossible for a cloud to die.
A cloud can become rain, or snow, or ice, but a cloud cannot become nothing.
And that is why the notion of death cannot be applied to reality.
There is a transformation, there is a continuation, but you cannot say that there is death.
Because in your mind, to die, means you suddenly become nothing.
From someone, you suddenly become no one…
When you can remove these notions, you are free and you have no fear.


A Zen Master on Death

This Body is Not Me by Thich Nhat Hanh
This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide- and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
~By Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting and Recitations from Plum Village. Page 188.