Let’s talk about Suicide – with Sister Dang Nghiem

Sr. Dang Nghiem

This is the third in a series of videos with Sr. Dang Nghiem. Previous videos included Befriend your Strong Emotions and To the Root of Addictions.

More and more people suffer from depression, to such an extent that suicide appears to be the only way out for them: out of their suffering. Suicide, we know, is a sensitive topic, so sensitive that people tend not to talk about it. And that seems to be part of the problem.

Plum Village monastic Sister Dang Nghiem doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. In this very personal and touching sharing, full of lived experiences, wisdom, tears, practical suggestions and a profound song at the end, Sister Dang Nghiem opens her heart about the choice to end life, inter-being and the deep wish to transform.

I made the commitment to transform my sadness and despair, my suffering, so that I can transmit healing, transformation, peace and acceptance

Sr. Dang Nghiem

Our videographer, Wouter Verhoeven, recommends this video to anybody who has thoughts about suicide (regularly), to their family members and friends, to those who have lost a loved one by suicide, and to those of us who want to have a deeper understanding of life.

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3 responses to “Let’s talk about Suicide – with Sister Dang Nghiem”

  1. Thank you dear Sister! I was so grateful looking at the trees and leaves as I heard your beautiful talk.

  2. I am so grateful to Google for enabling me to discover Sister Dang Nghiem. I say this as a father of a son who died mysteriously by suicide when he was 19 years old. And I say this as a grandfather of two little girls in Vietnam who,Mai Chi 9 and Thao Chi 4, like Sister Dang, were baby daughters of a young Vietnamese girl and a foreigner (my son, who did not run away like Sister Dang’s father but married the girl and stayed in Vietnam to fulfill his responsibilities as a father. I have now only listened to a little of Sister Dang on the internet, but now, in Hanoi, I want to go to a bookshop and see if I can find her book, in English and Vietnamese, as I think the art of mindfulness may be most helpful to me as I face old age and helpful to my children and grandchildren as they deal with suffering, intrusive negative thoughts and broken dreams in their lives. Thank you Sister Deng for helping many with the story of your life transforming tragedy and suffering into peace and understanding

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