Thich Nhat Hahn

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Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Greg_the_poet » Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:12 am

Where exactly does Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhism lie? He's often described as a Zen master yet he doesn't come across as Zen. He mixes his teachings with Theravada Sutta's and Pure land teachings as well. Is Vietnamese Buddhism like this in general or has TNH pretty much invented a new inclusive tradition?

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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby muni » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:46 am

I don't know where it lie, someone maybe knows here. But this brings another question: what kind of rules a teacher must keep in order to awaken beings? Should a teachers' teaching be limited by style, a teaching as pure fresh nature its awakening bell?

ps. Buddha gave many teachings. Many genuine teachers are using examples from other traditions as well. But they know clearly what they are doing.

One sentence is very useful for me: "For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” Thich Nhat Hahn.


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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Seishin » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:03 pm

I think the spirit of TNHs teachings are in line with zen, however his approach is not orthodox zen. He has mixed aspects of other traditions IMO to make his tradition more applicable to the western world.


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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Dhondup » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:28 am

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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby Astus » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:54 am

When you ask "Is it Zen?", what you may have in mind is a story of Linji shouting or Dogen sitting all day. In fact, Zen is just a short word for Buddhism. Does TNH teach Buddhism?
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

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Re: Thich Nhat Hahn

Postby dyanaprajna2011 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:19 pm

Ven. Hahn was brought up in the Rinzai Zen tradition. However, he combines various other schools, such as Theravada, and Pure Land, into his teachings. This was actually quite common in Vietnam, which took a kind of similar approach to Buddhism that the Chinese did, which was to not really separate all the various teachings into various schools, as if they were not all important to the Buddhist path.
"If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing." -Dogen

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