By Thich Nhat Hanh
In Joyfully jointly, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the non secular, emotional, and functional facets of constructing a neighborhood for all times. He stresses the significance of verbal exchange in all our relations because the foundation for resolving problems and conserving an environment of concord in sanghas, households, and in our day-by-day encounters.
Based at the event of the Buddhist monastic neighborhood in Plum Village, the booklet provides either conventional and evolving practices which are acceptable to present worldwide issues of peace and protection, reconciliation and mediation. It offers very concrete equipment for nonviolent verbal exchange that may support any group to stay jointly in pleasure and concord, and serves as a tenet simply adaptable to be used by way of lay humans, households, or even international locations.
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The Eighth Point of Reflection A monk scorns his friend in the practice who has corrected him. In this case, a practitioner does not want to look at his friend anymore and considers that brother who corrected him as no longer being his lifelong friend. We might think that a lifelong friend would never criticize us. In fact, a person who understands us and has enough love for us to show us our weaknesses is truly worthy to be called our lifelong friend. When we reject our friend, we act as if we do not need him anymore, we do not appreciate his presence.
It is because that person fears that he is isolated in the Sangha and feels that no one in the Sangha wants to talk to him. In the Pali version, the sutra begins: Friends in the practice, imagine there is a bhikshu who requests the other bhikshus by saying: “My friends in the practice, you should talk to me. ” If this bhikshu is someone whom other bhikshus find it difficult to talk to, if he is someone who has characteristics which make other people not want to talk to him, if he is impatient, closed-minded and does not have the capacity to receive words of criticism, advice, and instruction from his friends who are practicing the path of purity, then the other bhikshus will judge that they cannot talk to him, instruct him, or have confidence in him.
From time to time there are people in the Sangha who feel isolated and lonely. They feel that none of their brothers and sisters want to talk to them or give them attention and that no one has confidence in them. If we were speaking in everyday terms, we would say they feel boycotted by the Sangha. ” Why should he fall into this difficult situation? Because, my good friends, if there is someone whose way of speaking is always stubborn and he is caught in this obstinate way of speech, his friends in the practice who are practicing the pure way of the path will not want to speak with him, they will not give him instruction and teach him, and they will not rebuke him.