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Lions Roar : January 2016
and arguments over abandoned socks and capless toothpaste knows that being with others does not always bring out the best in us. Living in a community requires you to practice on the spot—you can’t say, “I’ll be compassionate and mindful later, when the room is quieter or the world is better.” We humans learn through feedback. If my finger gets burned, I know not to touch the stove again. I know, by the blank face of the man across from me, that my French pronun- ciation still needs a lot of work. We study each other—and learn from the gaze and gesture as much as from formal teaching. When we practice mindfulness together as a community, we reflect each other’s concentration and commitment, and the mindfulness is amplified. There is a saying, one monastic told me, that life in a spiritual community is like washing chop- sticks: you rub them together long enough and eventually all the rough edges get worn down. After illness forced him to miss part of his U.S. teaching tour in 2009, Thich Nhat Hanh helped write a book called One Buddha Is Not Enough. “The next buddha may take the form of a community practicing understanding and loving-kindness, a community practicing mindful living,” he wrote. “The next buddha will be a sangha.” In other words, the real teacher of the future will not be an individual master but many practitioners acting together as an inclusive, enlightened, and harmonious community. There are many ways to transmit the dharma, and one teacher standing up in front of a silent group of students isn’t the only or neces- sarily most effective way. One of the defining characteristics of Plum Village—and its related retreat centers around the world—is the way its resi- dents embody the gentleness, compassion, and lack of dogma associated with the practice. This firsthand experience of love and understanding is the sangha’s most effective transmission. At the end of retreats, this is what participants say they will miss the most. With Thich Nhat Hanh no longer available personally, his community needs to figure out how it wants to be without the person who has up to now been its very public face. How will it remain resilient, adapting to new conditions as they arise, so that the Plum Village teachings and practice remain a living, breathing reality, relevant and responsive to people’s needs? Sister Dang Nghiem, a physician and author of Mindfulness as Medicine, is one of the new generation of teachers in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. Brother Phap Hai teaches online and in-person. He’s the author of Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself. SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2016 70