Sounds True's Mindfulness Practice for Joy and Compassion
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Sounds True's Mindfulness Practice for Joy and Compassion

Beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on Finding True Happiness and Peace Through Mindfulness
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Meditate and act mindfully on a daily basis, as well as understand how to access joy by living in the present moment. Students will learn how to connect with the life that surrounds them in nature, and will understand how to see nature as the Kingdom of God in the here and now.
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  • A computer or mobile device with an Internet connection is all that's necessary to take this course. You don't need any prior knowledge of Buddhism or meditation.

This course, taught by Thích Nhất Hạnh, a world famous Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist, and teacher, will teach you how to find happiness and access the “Kingdom of God” in the here and now.

You'll practice mindfulness techniques, including meditation and simple breathing methods, so you can concentrate fully and connect with all the life that surrounds you.

From breathing meditation to walking meditation, you'll learn how to touch the wonders of life to nourish and heal your body and reduce your suffering.

Practice Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life to Transform Your Mind and Body

  • Understand how to be mindful, whether you're simply breathing or walking
  • Learn from your past and release anxiety about your future
  • Reflect upon your connection with nature and to all life
  • Access ancient Buddhist teachings to release suffering and gain compassion

Receive Freedom, Joy, and Release from Suffering with Buddhist Teachings

As you listen to Thích Nhất Hạnh's speech, you'll begin to learn how to breathe, practice mindfulness, and release your suffering while sending compassion outwardly as well as towards yourself.

In addition to learning how to make yourself happier, you'll understand the necessity of being happy in order to serve others.

Also, in between the lectures in this course, Buddhist monks and nuns alongside Thích Nhất Hạnh will musically chant and meditate with you as you put what you're learning into practice.

Contents and Overview

This course begins with Thích Nhất Hạnh explaining how to breathe to the sound of the bell so you can come back to center and bring calmness into the mind and body.

As you breathe in and out to the sound of the bell, you can begin practicing mindfulness from the start of the course.

You'll then learn about the importance of listening with every cell of your body by breathing with the sound. As you do, you’ll bring unity into your body and mind to become fully present.

If you're dealing with difficulties, you'll understand how practicing mindfulness can bring you joy in the present, and how to embrace your suffering while moving through it.

Next, you'll learn a method for transforming suffering into healing and compassion before diving into how to acknowledge your connection to the Kingdom of God through Mother Nature.

Another aspect of mindfulness is being able to learn from the past and prepare for the future. You'll learn how being in the present can help you transform the past and remove anxiety about what’s to come.

You'll even comprehend the law of interbeing, understanding how the entire universe is reliant upon positive and negative aspects of life being connected to each other.

Thích Nhất Hạnh will then discuss mindful consumption, as taught by the Buddha. You'll know how to avoid sickness and unhappiness by only consuming things that provide you, and those you love, with health.

By the time you complete this course, you'll be aware of how to use mindfulness in your everyday life to bring more joy and compassion to yourself and everyone around you.

You'll be able to meditate, reflect, transform, and make decisions in your work and relationships that will positively impact life all over the world.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in learning how to be mindful and how to relieve suffering, as well as those who are interested in giving rise to compassion and extending it to others.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Introduction to Mindfulness Practice
4 Lectures 18:30

The Union of Mind and Body

Learn How to Suffer
Practice Mindfulness
3 Lectures 41:14
Invoke Mindfulness

Guided Chant and Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness for Nature's Gifts
Learn to Live in the Present
2 Lectures 06:45
Live in the Present: The Story of Anathapindika

Create a Feeling of Joy
2 Lectures 07:14
Nourish Happiness and Learn How To Suffer

Use Suffering to Generate Love and Compassion
The Four Nutriments
4 Lectures 44:33
Mindful Consumption of Food

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About the Instructor
Thích Nhất Hạnh
4.6 Average rating
620 Reviews
6,153 Students
3 Courses
Zen master, scholar, poet, and peace activist

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet, and peace activist. He is the founder of the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of the national bestseller Living Buddha, Living Christ and over 60 other books. He was nominated for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sounds True
4.6 Average rating
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49,457 Students
18 Courses
Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

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