What is God?


(half bell) (Bell) (French) What is God? Difficult question (Laughter) but I will try I think that God is everything God is everything and… certainly God is not an idea or a notion God is very real and you can get in touch with God if you are mindful, concentrated and insightful when you come to Plum Village as a practitioner of meditation you cultivate the energy of mindfulness concentration and insight and if you have these 3 energies surely you can get in touch with God right in Plum Village when you go home you continue
to get in touch with the God You know that when you…
when you stop thinking, when you
breathe in mindfully & enjoy breathing in you already get in touch with the God but when you breathe in like that
you enjoy breathing in and you find out that breathing in
is wonderful As I breathe in, I know that I’m alive and to be alive is a wonderful thing and as I breathe in I become very alive I see my body and my mind are wonderful and I can get in touch with the sunshine with the hills, with the sunflowers with the water running from the water tap and there’s so many wonders of life
in me and around me and when I do walking meditation I recognize that the path leading uphill through the wood
is filled of wonders the grass, the tiny flowers, the insect,
the sunshine. Everything… is a wonder a pebble, a leaf, a flower, a butterfly.
Everything is a wonder and I can see God in everything you can see God in a pebble In a piece of dust in a butterfly in a sunflower you can see God in the other fellow and if you see God like that you are a happy person you do not want to do any harm to yourself and you do not want to do
any harm to the other people even if they are violent
even if they suffer they suffer because they have not been
able to in touch with God but if they practice mindfulness,
concentration and insight If they are mindful, concentrated,
and insightful they have a chance to… to realize they are in the kingdom of God we are really in the kingdom of God and when we do walking meditation you walk in the kingdom of God if you do walking meditation correctly you see that you are walking
in the kingdom of God and if the kingdom is there
God is there also so you can get in touch with God and the
kingdom of God with every breath and every step and that is what I do
during walking meditation there’re monks, nuns and lay practitioners
who able to do so enjoy the kingdom of God it means to enjoy God so to me God is not an abstract idea but… something very real that you can encounter in every moment of
your daily life your body belong to the kingdom of God your mind also that flower, that stream of water,
that tree they’re all belong to the kingdom of God and it’s too bad if we are caught in our anger in our fear in our jealousy that we cannot get in touch with the
kingdom of God and if we don’t know how to get in touch with the kingdom of God
and with God and then our life will… we will waste our life so in Plum Village you’ll learn to walk in such a way to sit in such a way to eat in such a way to take a shower in such a way that we can get in touch
with the wonders of life that belong to the kingdom of God and I will tell you everything belong to the kingdom of God including this lotus flower including this little boy we should continue to learn in order to
understand this more deeply thank you (Bell) Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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