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  • B u d d h i s m c u lt u r e m e d i tat i o n l i f e s e p t e m B e r 2 0 1 4

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    C h i l d r e n h av e a s p e C i a l p l a C e in the plum Village tradition of Buddhist teacher thich nhat

    hanh. there are special practices, vows, and programs designed especially for children and teens, and

    thich nhat hanh often fashions the first part of his dharma talks with them in mind. he regularly takes

    questions from children, and by and large adults can identify with what they ask. children may be smaller

    and younger and they may have a funny way with words, but their questions reveal that they,

    like adults, are grappling with the

    human condition. what follows are

    real questions from children and

    thich nhat hanhs insightful an-

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    Is Nothing Something? i always try

    to give an answer that offers the best

    of myself, thich nhat hanh says.

    i am much older than the children

    who asked these questions, but

    when we sit and breathe together,

    it seems that we are the same.

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    Is Nothing Something?ThiCh nhaT hanh answers childrens questions.

    From is nothing something? by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014 by Unified Buddhist Church. Reprinted by arrangement with Parallax Press, Berkeley, California.

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  • Mindfulness is energy. This energy helps us enjoy what is happening

    right now. Mindful energy can bring us a lot of joy. It helps us suffer

    less and learn from our suffering. A good way to get some mindful

    energy is to close your eyes and breathe easily. Just pay attention to

    your breath. If you can enjoy your in-breath and out-breath, you are

    creating mindful energy.

    Yes. Nothing is something. You have an

    idea in your head of nothing. You have an idea in

    your head of something. Both are things that can

    create either suffering or happiness.

    SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2014 SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2014 3938

  • Sometimes the people around you are distracted and may

    forget to express their love. But if you feel like no one loves you,

    you can always look outside at the natural world. Do you see a

    tree out there? That tree loves you. It offers its beauty and

    freshness to you and gives you oxygen so you can breathe. The

    Earth loves you, offering you fresh water and delicious fruit for

    you to eat. The world expresses

    its love in many ways, not

    just with words.

    To love is to discover. If you keep on

    loving another person, you will keep

    discovering wonderful things about that

    person. You can enjoy the differences

    because it would be boring if everyone

    were the same. Even if the other person

    has a quality that doesnt seem lovable,

    you can practice loving that person

    anyway, just as they are, and not how

    you wish they were.

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