Walk with Me

Synopsis: 'Walk With Me' follows a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness with their world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years in France and the USA, this intimate and meditative film travels deep inside a world that seems far from our everyday, and reveals how the monastics transform suffering in themselves and in others through their deep enquiry into the nature of existence, suffering, and their true selves.
Genre: Documentary
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94 min


I know what it is to get angry,

and I know the pleasure of being praised.

I'm often on the verge of tears or laughter.

But beneath all these emotions,

what else is there?

How can I touch it?

If there isn't anything

why would I be so certain that there is?

Is it okay if you bang the drum with the stick

wrapped like that?

Well, each stick will make

a different sound.

Try it.

Should we unwrap the other one

Shedding my hair completely

Shedding my hair completely

I make the great vow today

I make the great vow today

to transform all my afflictions

to transform all my afflictions

and to help all living beings.

And to help all living beings.

When icy winter comes,

it is unforgiving to all things young, tender and insecure.

One must grow beyond youthful uncertainty to survive.

Maturity and determination are necessary.

Seeing the courageous, solid way

that trees prepare for winter

helps me appreciate the lessons I've learned.

You need to remove that word here.

What's going on here?

I'm not high enough here.

No, that's not it.

Yes, there's always that problem.

When the garden is fully weeded

the flowers, symbol of enlightenment

have the opportunity

to continue to grow.

You need compost

to have flowers

and you need to have suffering

to be awakened.

Full stop.

Suffering is the compost.

The food of awakening.

Full stop.

You have to look for enlightenment

in the suffering.

This is why we have the expression

"Suffering is enlightenment."


"Finding Nirvana in birth and death."

Here is the first precept.

You cannot have sexual intercourse.

If a Shikshamana has sexual intercourse,

she can no longer remain a Shikshamana.

She can no longer be called a nun,

a daughter of the Buddha.

If she has not had sexual intercourse

but has touched the body of someone else

out of sexual desire,

although she's still a nun,

she has not kept the Shikshamana precepts.

She has to confess and take the precepts again.

This is the first of the six Shikshamana precepts.

Is your precepts body clear?

Do you understand this verse?

"Listening to the dharma in the ultimate dimension"

I see the autumn leaves fall

occupying the whole sky.

I see the autumn moon

in every on every path all path.

"But the dharma is neither full nor empty."

And the hermit sleeps in here.

At first, it seemed like a passing cloud.

But after several hours,

I begin to feel my body turning to smoke

and floating away.

I became a faint wisp of a cloud.

I had always thought of myself as a solid entity.

And suddenly I saw that I am not solid at all.

I saw that the entity I had taken to be me

was really a fabrication.

My true nature, I realized,

was much more real,

both uglier and more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.

- The other day I asked Sister Cam Nghiem - if she felt happy.

"Am I happy?" she said.

"It's hard. I don't know if I'm happy."

And then I asked if she felt

if she felt satisfied

and she said, "Yes."

Yeah, you just keep cooking all the time,

and it can be enjoyable.

But when you run out of ideas, you get sick of it.

Maybe for others it's different

but if I do the same thing for too long, I get bored.

If it's your responsibility, you just do it.

As for liking it? I just don't like repetitive tasks.

There are times I do things

out of love for our teacher.

That helps with the boredom.

But sometimes I have to get out of here.

Then when I come back I feel fresh again for him.

We're close to our teacher. That's why we sometimes

feel bored.

The younger ones who don't get as much time with our teacher

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