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Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby greggorious » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:30 am

What exactly does Thich Nhat Hahn teach in regards to the Dharma? Some say he's a Zen master, some say he's more Theravada, some say he's neither. Does he have his own separate tradition different from all others? I like hie work but don't know where he fits. Is Vietnamese Buddhism both Theravada AND mahayana?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby lojong1 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:39 am

[in a sheepish whisper from behind the wall] Theravada always was Mahayana.
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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby greggorious » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:06 am

I don't understand
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Dan74 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:45 am

Greg, I am not sure what your recent question have to do with Buddhist practice, but I will try to answer.

Like all genuine teachers Thich Nhat Hanh doesn't teacher a school or tradition but the way to liberation. His particular style has elements that are found in Zen and in Theravada. Some people love him and some don't.

Emptiness is not a concept, but a way to end all conceptual proliferations and see it as it is. So Mahayaha does not have a "concept of Emptiness", that an oxymoron. R

Nagarjuna wrote:The victorious ones have said
That emptiness is the relinquishing of all views.
For whomever emptiness is a view,
That one has accomplished nothing.
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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby shaunc » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:45 am

I believe that Thich Nhat Hahn trained in zen. Some people group him in with engaged buddhism because of a lot of work he's done with refugees. Grouping him in with mahayana would certainly not be unfair. While I'm not a student of his, he's certainly very hard not to admire & respect. I especially like the 14 precepts that him, his monks & nuns & the laity are all expected to keep, the only difference being that the 3rd precept for monks & nuns is of course celibacy.
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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Spiny Norman » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:52 am

greggorious wrote:What exactly does Thich Nhat Hahn teach in regards to the Dharma? Some say he's a Zen master, some say he's more Theravada, some say he's neither.


I believe TNH's background is Zen and Pureland, from which he has synthesized a unique approach in the Mahayana tradition. TNH's approach has a strong focus on mindfulness, which is perhaps why comparisons are made with Theravada.
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