Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ram Dass interviews Thicht Nhat Hanh (1995)

YouTube - ‪RamDassChannel's Channel‬‏:

Ram Dass interviews Thicht Nhat Hanh at the State of the World forum, September 1995

Ram Dass is the author of the 1971 bestseller Be Here Now.

His NEW BOOK, Be Love Now, is the third book in a trilogy that began with Be Here Now and was followed by Still Here, Ram Dass's acclaimed work on aging, changing, and dying. In Be Love Now, Ram Dass shares what he has learned in his remarkable four-decade-long spiritual journey. Through timeless teaching stories, compelling and often humorous personal anecdotes, and soul-stirring insights, Ram Dass tracks the stages of his own awakening in his trademark down-to-earth style.

Starting with his days as Harvard psychologist and psychedelic inventurer, continuing through his profound encounters with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and moving beyond the reawakening brought on by his near-fatal stroke, Ram Dass shares his life experiences while offering a timeless teaching on love and the path of the heart.
Ram Dass has written 12 other books including Miracle of Love, The Only Dance There Is, and Journey of Awakening.

Teacher, author and spiritual guide, Ram Dass continues to teach us that compassion and love are the true sources of service, along with living in the present moment.

We will be posting videos of Ram Dass discussions and teachings as they become available. For more in depth discovery and to join Ram Dass' growing online community, please go to our website at

" As I no longer travel to teach, I now share my heart in cyberspace. This site gives us the opportunity to meet through live webcasts and personal webchats. We also have a vast archive of my talks from the 60's through present day. I invite you to participate in our online global satsang and connect with like-minded souls through our Be Here Now social community. To me these are amazing new manifestations of our deeper self. Share this dance with us. "

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the 'engaged Buddhism' movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

In Saigon in the early 60s, Thich Nhat Hanh founded the School of Youth Social Service, a grass-roots relief organization that rebuilt bombed villages, set up schools and medical centers, resettled homeless families, and organized agricultural cooperatives. Rallying some 10,000 student volunteers, the SYSS based its work on the Buddhist principles of non-violence and compassionate action. Despite government denunciation of his activity, Nhat Hanh also founded a Buddhist University, a publishing house, and an influential peace activist magazine in Vietnam.
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people.

The Unified Buddhist Church established Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975, Plum Village in 1982, the Dharma Cloud Temple and the Dharma Nectar Temple in 1988, and the Adornment of Loving Kindness Temple in 1995. Thich Nhat Hanh’s sangha (community of practice) in France is usually referred to as the Plum Village Sangha.

see also: what next: must see: The Great Bell Chant | Thich Nath Hanh, Gregory Colbert, Phap Niem

update: ashes & snow - the video collage of Gregory Colbert's photos and with Thich Nath Hanh Phap Niem - "The Great Bell Chant (Simple wish)" was taken offline by the user. now i find this -

1 comment:

  1. In 1989, RamDass came to GWU in D.C...where I was "learning". I came to a "teach-in" with him.Later..a friend and I were walking back to THurston Hall...and I realized something: Ram Dass had answered the question in [my heart]...not the one I spoke 2him.Although, certainly,the 'quickie'answer made sense too. Blessings on the that holy man. He is forever in MY heart~!