In the early 1990s Thich Nhat Hanh gave a surprising series of talks about his “first love”, a nun he met as a young monk in Viet Nam. Before relaying much of his story, he suggests that if we think about our own first love, will discover many things, most especially the true face of love. “This,” he says, “is a subject for meditation” and on this morning it will be ours. We will briefly consider his story and then, with pen, paper, and a bell, we will look into the nature of our own first loves, exploring what a careful recollection can teach us about love right now.
Jonah Willihnganz, PhD is director of the Stanford Storytelling Project, an arts program that explores how story craft and practices can be used to create personal and social change, and cofounder of the LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning, a program the helps students develop capacities such as courage and empathy through embodied practices and self-inquiry. His lifelong interests in writing and contemplative practice have led him to study how we can use narrative exercises to deepen natural human capacities such as presence, love, and forgiveness. He has been a longtime student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work and the Plum Village community and shares their wisdom and practices at Stanford through courses, workshops, and events.
This iPause Guided Meditation session 2 with Jonah Willihnganz, PhD, The True Face of Love is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2021.
The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.
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