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Thch Nht Hnh (born as Nguyn Xun Bo on October 11, 1926 ) is a Vietnamese Thin Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition. Thch Nht Hnh spent most of his later life residing in the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. After a long term of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his "root temple," T Hiu Temple near Hu. Nht Hnh has published over 100 books, including more than 70 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict. He also refrains from animal product consumption ( Vegetarianism) as a means of nonviolence towards animals.
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1:No mud, no lotus.
   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
2:Because you are alive, everything is possible." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
3:There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
4:Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
5:We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
6:You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
7:Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
8:We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
9:For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
10:You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
11:We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember.
   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
12:When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
13:Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won't have to go around search for it." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
14:Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, (b. 1926) Vietnamese Buddhist monk, founder of the Plum Village Tradition, Wikipedia,
15:To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, @Sufi_Path
16:Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
17:Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
18:We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, (b. 1926) a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English, Wikipedia.,
19:When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, (b. 1926) a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English, Wikipedia.,
20:Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes that it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, (b. 1926) Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition, Wikipedia.,
21:Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you've been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
22:People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child ~ our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
23:You are a Buddha, and so is everyone else. I didn't make that up. It was the Buddha himself who said so. He said that all beings had the potential to become awakened. To practice walking meditation is to practice living in mindfulness. Mindfulness and enlightenment are one. Enlightenment leads to mindfulness and mindfulness leads to enlightenment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
24:There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha's name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, "Namo Amitabha Buddha" for one hour each time. When she arrives at one thousand times, she invites the bell to sound. (In Vietnamese, we don't say "strike" or "hit" a bell.) Although she has been doing this for ten years, her personality has not changed. She is still quite mean, shouting at people all the time.

A friend wanted to teach her a lesson, so one afternoon when she had just lit the incense, invited the bell to sound three times, and was beginning to recite "Namo Amitabha Buddha," he came to her door, and said, "Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Nguyen!" She found it very annoying because this was her time of practice, but he just stood at the front gate shouting her name. She said to herself, "I have to struggle against my anger, so I will ignore that," and she went on, "Namo Amitabha Buddha, Namo Amitabha Buddha."

The gentleman continued to shout her name, and her anger became more and more oppressive. She struggled against it, wondering, "Should I stop my recitation and go and give him a piece of my mind?" But she continued chanting, and she struggled very hard. Fire mounted in her, but she still tried to chant "Namo Amitabha Buddha." The gentleman knew it, and he continued to shout, "Mrs. Nguyen! Mrs. Nguyen!"

She could not bear it any longer. She threw away the bell and the drum. She slammed the door, went out to the gate and said, "Why, why do you behave like that? Why do you call my name hundreds of times like that?" The gentleman smiled at her and said, "I just called your name for ten minutes, and you are so angry. You have been calling the Buddha's name for ten years. Think how angry he must be! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
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   50 Spiritual Classics: List of Books Covered:
   Muhammad Asad - The Road To Mecca (1954)
   St Augustine - Confessions (400)
   Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970)
   Black Elk Black - Elk Speaks (1932)
   Richard Maurice Bucke - Cosmic Consciousness (1901)
   Fritjof Capra - The Tao of Physics (1976)
   Carlos Castaneda - Journey to Ixtlan (1972)
   GK Chesterton - St Francis of Assisi (1922)
   Pema Chodron - The Places That Scare You (2001)
   Chuang Tzu - The Book of Chuang Tzu (4th century BCE)
   Ram Dass - Be Here Now (1971)
   Epictetus - Enchiridion (1st century)
   Mohandas Gandhi - An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth (1927)
   Al-Ghazzali - The Alchemy of Happiness (1097)
   Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet (1923)
   GI Gurdjieff - Meetings With Remarkable Men (1960)
   Dag Hammarskjold - Markings (1963)
   Abraham Joshua Heschel - The Sabbath (1951)
   Hermann Hesse - Siddartha (1922)
   Aldous Huxley - The Doors of Perception (1954)
   William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
   Carl Gustav Jung - Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1955)
   Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe (1436)
   J Krishnamurti - Think On These Things (1964)
   CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters (1942)
   Malcolm X - The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964)
   Daniel C Matt - The Essential Kabbalah (1994)
   Dan Millman - The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (1989)
   W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (1944)
   Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975)
   Michael Newton - Journey of Souls (1994)
   John O'Donohue - Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (1998)
   Robert M Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
   James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy (1994)
   Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements (1997)
   Helen Schucman & William Thetford - A Course in Miracles (1976)
   Idries Shah - The Way of the Sufi (1968)
   Starhawk - The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (1979)
   Shunryu Suzuki - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1970)
   Emanuel Swedenborg - Heaven and Hell (1758)
   Teresa of Avila - Interior Castle (1570)
   Mother Teresa - A Simple Path (1994)
   Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now (1998)
   Chogyam Trungpa - Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (1973)
   Neale Donald Walsch - Conversations With God (1998)
   Rick Warren - The Purpose-Driven Life (2002)
   Simone Weil - Waiting For God (1979)
   Ken Wilber - A Theory of Everything (2000)
   Paramahansa Yogananda - Autobiography of a Yogi (1974)
   Gary Zukav - The Seat of the Soul (1990)
   ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Spirital Classics (2017 Edition),

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:Breathing out, I smile. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
2:Go slowly, breathe and smile. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
3:To meditate means to observe. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
4:Be part of the miraculous moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
5:Each second of life is a miracle. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
6:In true love, you attain freedom. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
7:Be peace, don't just talk about it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
8:I vow to live fully in each moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
9:Our own life has to be our message. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
10:Look at me: I arrive in every second. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
11:Every moment is a moment of happiness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
12:I think, therefore I am ... not here. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
13:Only the present moment contains life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
14:Walk and touch happiness every moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
15:Find joy and peace in this very moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
16:Peace in ourselves, peace in the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
17:When we are present, life is also present. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
18:The foundation of happiness is mindfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
19:To live in the present moment is a miracle. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
20:Breathing in, I am grateful for this moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
21:The greatest of all miracles is to be alive. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
22:Life is available only in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
23:The practice is always to go back to oneself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
24:A smile can change the situation of the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
25:Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
26:Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
27:Breathing out, I vow to live deeply in this day. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
28:Look into a flower and you see the whole cosmos. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
29:One included all, and all were contained in one. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
30:There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
31:Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
32:Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
33:In the mountains of wisdom no climbing is in vain. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
34:A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
35:Happiness does not come from consumption of things. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
36:Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
37:In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
38:Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
39:Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
40:Happiness is the cessation of suffering. Well-being. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
41:I am you and you are me; it is obvious we inter-are. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
42:There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
43:If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
44:Breathing in, I am aware of the preciousness of this day. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
45:If we can not smile, we cannot help other people to smile. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
46:I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
47:In each of us is a seed of understanding. The seed is God. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
48:Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
49:To make peace, our hearts must be at peace with the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
50:Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is made. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
51:Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
52:The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
53:Happiness reveals itself when we are at peace with ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
54:The basis of Right Action is to do everything in mindfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
55:Tolerance and tranquility are two characteristics of true love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
56:When your mind is liberated, your heart floods with compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
57:If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
58:You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
59:If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
60:Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
61:May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
62:May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
63:Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
64:Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
65:The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
66:Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
67:It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
68:Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
69:Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
70:Our own lives are the instruments with which we experiment with truth. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
71:Our walking is not a means to an end. We walk for the sake of walking. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
72:Peace and happiness are available in every moment. Peace is every step. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
73:Real peace is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
74:Forgiveness will not be possible until compassion is born in your heart. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
75:How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
76:In order to be loved, we have to love, which means we have to understand. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
77:I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
78:Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
79:Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
80:You can only recognize your happiness against the background of suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
81:Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
82:I am in the present. I don't think of the past. I don't think of the future. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
83:If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
84:Before you do something to help, your presence already can bring some relief. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
85:Compassion is a mind that removes the suffering that is present in the other. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
86:To educate people for peace, we can use words or we can speak with our lives. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
87:The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
88:When the energy of compassion and love touches us, healing establishes itself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
89:Breath is aligned with both body and mind and it alone can bring them together. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
90:If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
91:Only your compassion and your loving kindness are invincible, and without limit. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
92:Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others will be possible. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
93:Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
94:Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
95:To take care of the environment, we must first take care of the environmentalist. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
96:Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
97:Breathe and you dwell in the here and now, breath and you see impermanence is life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
98:If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
99:Meditation is not an escape from life... but preparation for really being in life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
100:Most of your suffering comes from the lack of understanding of yourself and others. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
101:Every word, every look, every action, and every smile can bring happiness to others. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
102:Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
103:One hour of compassionate deep listening can bring about transformation and healing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
104:Attention is like sunlight and water for a plant. What we pay attention to will grow. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
105:At the moment of waking up, before getting out of bed, get in touch with your breath. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
106:Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
107:Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
108:By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
109:Just be. Just being in the moment in this place is the deepest practice of meditation. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
110:Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
111:I don't have to hate any person because I can always start anew, I can always reconcile. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
112:Meditation means to look deeply, to touch deeply, so we can realize we are already home. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
113:If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
114:Follow your breathing, dwell mindfully on your steps, and soon you will find your balance. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
115:The heart of the matter is always our oneness with divine spirit, our union with all life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
116:The moment you understand the importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
117:For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
118:Knowing that anger makes me ugly, I smile instead. I return to myself and meditate on love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
119:The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
120:If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
121:Transformations is the word. We can do the work of transformation only in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
122:Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
123:The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
124:The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
125:Mindfully experience your foot, the ground and the connection between your foot and the ground. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
126:We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
127:Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
128:The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
129:If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
130:Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
131:Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion; great understanding goes with great compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
132:Real love means loving kindness and compassion, the kind of love that does not have any conditions. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
133:Each moment you are alive is a gem. It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
134:Choose to be in touch with what is wonderful, refreshing, and healing within yourself and around you. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
135:Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
136:To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
137:Mindful time spent with the person we love is the fullest expression of true love and real generosity. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
138:Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed, and peaceful. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
139:Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
140:As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
141:If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
142:Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
143:To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living things with the eyes of compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
144:To be spiritual means to be solid, calm, and peaceful and to be able to look deeply inside and around us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
145:I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
146:In the moment when we are able to smile, to look at ourselves with compassion, our world begins to change. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
147:By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better & prepare for a better future. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
148:Simple practices like conscious breathing and smiling are very important. They can change our civilization. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
149:Meditation is not to get out of society, to escape from society, but to prepare for a reentery into society. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
150:Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
151:When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
152:Meditation is to be aware of what is going on in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
153:Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what's the use of seeing? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
154:The necessary condition for the existence of peace and joy is the awareness that peace and joy are available. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
155:If we chew every morsel of our food, in that way we become grateful, and when you are grateful, you are happy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
156:Even if you only stop and focus on your breathing for a few breaths, or for a minute or two, its very valuable. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
157:If you find yourself in some difficulty, step aside, and allow Buddha to take your place. The Buddha is in you. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
158:There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
159:Artists have to show us what is not going well within the person and within the society, not try to cover it up. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
160:Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
161:Look deeply; I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch ... to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
162:Awareness is a mirror reflecting the four elements. Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
163:Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
164:Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
165:So let the mind flow like water. Face life with a calm and quiet mind and everything in life will be calm and quiet. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
166:The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation, is in the way we handle this very moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
167:Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
168:The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
169:Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment! ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
170:It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
171:When we enter the present moment deeply, our regrets and sorrows disappear, and we discover life with all its wonders. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
172:Deep listening helps us to recognize the existence of wrong perceptions in the other person and wrong perceptions in us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
173:The first thing I learned was that even if you have a lot of money and power and fame, you can still suffer very deeply. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
174:To take good care of yourself and to take good care of living beings and of the environment is the best way to love God. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
175:We try to live every moment like that, dwelling peacefully in the present moment, and respond to events with compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
176:To abandon the present in order to look for things in the future is to throw away the substance and hold onto the shadow. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
177:An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
178:Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
179:By taking a look at your anger it can be transformed into the kind of energy that you need - understanding and compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
180:If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
181:We all need a place that is safe and wholesome enough for us to return for refuge. In Buddhism, that refuge is mindfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
182:In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
183:Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
184:People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
185:Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
186:Our life is a manifestation, and we can very well make that manifestation beautiful and meaningful and have a good influence. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
187:The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
188:Buddhism is in your heart. Even if you don't have any temple or any monks, you can still be a Buddhist in your heart and life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
189:If we know how to create the energy of love, understanding, compassion, and beauty, then we can contribute a lot to the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
190:True love always brings joy to ourself and the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
191:If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
192:Many people think excitement is happiness... . But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
193:Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we do not have peace and joy right now, when will we have peace and joy? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
194:As long as you find something beautiful, good, and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
195:Many of us are not capable of releasing the past, of releasing the suffering of the past. We want to cling to our own suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
196:Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
197:Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
198:People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
199:The most important thing that we can do for the healing of our world is to hear inside ourselves, the sounds of the earth crying. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
200:The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
201:The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
202:The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
203:With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
204:My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
205:When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
206:The desire to be a free person is very worthwhile. To be free means you are no longer the victim of fear, anger, craving, or suspicion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
207:Anger is like a flame blazing up and consuming our self-control, making us think, say, and do things that we will probably regret later. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
208:Each time you take a mindful step you are back in the arms of Mother Earth and are reminded of your true sweet home in the here and now. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
209:In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
210:If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
211:The bad things, don't do them. The good things, try to do them. Try to purify, subdue your own mind. That is the teaching of all buddhas. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
212:We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
213:What happens in the present moment? In the present moment, you are producing thought, speech, and action. And they continue in the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
214:While drinking, while talking, while writing, while watering our garden, it's always possible to practice living in the here and the now. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
215:Be angry, it's okay. To be angry, that is very human. And to learn how to smile at your anger and make peace with your anger is very nice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
216:But if we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
217:Mindfulness refers to keeping one's consciousness alive to the present reality. It is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
218:That is why those who are not capable of being there in the present moment, they don't really live their life - they live like dead people. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
219:The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
220:To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
221:To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
222:Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
223:One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
224:With mindfulness - the practice of peace - we can begin by working to transform the wars in ourselves. Conscious breathing helps us do this. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
225:Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We see only the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
226:If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won't want to let it in. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
227:If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
228:The Buddha said that if we know how to look deeply into our suffering and recognize what feeds it, we are already on the path of emancipation. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
229:If we are not peaceful, if we are not feeling well in our skin, we cannot demonstrate real peace, and we cannot raise our children well either. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
230:Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
231:Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
232:Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
233:People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
234:Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
235:Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
236:The most important thing is that we need to be understood. We need someone to be able to listen to us and to understand us. Then we will suffer less. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
237:Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
238:Many of us worry about the situation of the world . . . We need to remain calm, to see clearly. Meditation is a means to be aware, and to try to help. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
239:So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
240:The more compassionate you are, the more generous you can be. The more generous you are, the move loving friendliness you cultivate to help the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
241:Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart and know that my heart still functions normally. I feel grateful for my heart. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
242:In Zen, actions speak louder than words. Doing is more important than knowing, and knowledge which cannot be translated into action is of little worth. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
243:The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
244:It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
245:Because if the manifestations that happen in the present moment are beautiful and good, their continuation in the future will be also good and beautiful. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
246:Thich Nhat Hanh has the ability to bring forth the state of peace that we each inherently posses merely by his presence in a room-this is divine power. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
247:Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
248:No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
249:What is most important is to find peace and to share it with others. To have peace, you can begin by walking peacefully. Everything depends on your steps. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
250:I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
251:If you are capable of brushing your teeth in mindfulness, then you will be able to enjoy the time when you take a shower, cook your breakfast, sip your tea. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
252:Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
253:If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
254:Mindfulness is the energy that sheds light on all things and all activities, producing the power of concentration, bringing forth deep insight and awakening. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
255:Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
256:We all have the seeds of love in us.We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
257:When you feel anger arising, remember to return to your breathing and follow it. The other person may see that you are practicing, and she may even apologize. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
258:In every one of us there are good seeds and bad. We have the seed of brotherhood, love, compassion, insight. But we have also the seed of anger, hate, dissent. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
259:Each breath we take, each step we make, each smile we realize, is a positive contribution to peace... a necessary step in the direction of peace for the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
260:Just breathing and smiling can make us very happy, because when we breathe consciously we recover ourselves completely and encounter life in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
261:Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
262:Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
263:Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
264:Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us, And if we dig deeply in the present moment, The water will spring forth. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
265:Happiness is not an individual matter. When you are able to bring relief, or bring back the smile to one person, not only that person profits, but you also profit. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
266:Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
267:I will practice coming back to the present moment... not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
268:I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight... I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
269:True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
270:When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
271:Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
272:When we have peace, then we have a chance to save the planet. But if we are not united in peace, if we do not practice mindful consumption, we cannot save our planet. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
273:Anger is the energy that people use in order to act. But when you are angry, you are not lucid, and you might do wrong things. That is why compassion is a better energy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
274:I realize that many elements of the Buddhist teaching can be found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam. I think if Buddhism can help, it is the concrete methods of practice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
275:Once you develop the practice of smiling, you may not need a reminder. You will smile as soon as you hear a bird singing or see the sunlight streaming through the window. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
276:When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
277:If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
278:Go back to the breathing and try to be in that moment deeply. Because there is a possibility to handle every kind of event and the essential is to keep the peace in yourself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
279:Human beings are innately loving beings. When we fail to love, it is because an element of ignorance has intruded into our experience, submerging our natural impulse to love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
280:Silence is essential. We need silence just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
281:Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word "art". If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don't have to talk about it at all. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
282:The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
283:Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon to be preserved in a museum. Only when a practitioner finds the spring of wisdom in his or her own life can it flow to a future generation. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
284:A bodhisattva is someone who has compassion within himself or herself and who is able to make another person smile or help someone suffer less. Every one of us is capable of this. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
285:Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation or reading scripture and reciting prayers. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
286:Live in such a way that you embody true peace, that you can be peace in every moment of your daily life. It is possible for everyone to generate the energy of peace in every step. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
287:Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself. If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
288:Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
289:There is no real separation between self or no-self. Anything you do for yourself you do for the society at the same time. And anything you do for society you do for yourself also. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
290:To make your voice heard is difficult. Sometimes we have to burn ourselves in order to be heard. It is out of compassion that you do that. It is the act of love and not of despair. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
291:You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
292:Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we can't be in touch with life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
293:The buddha called suffering a holy truth, because our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation. Embrace your suffering and let it reveal to you the way to peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
294:To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
295:Breathe in and take one step, and focus all your attention on the sole of your foot. If you have not arrived fully, one hundred percent in the here and the now, don't take the next step. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
296:If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
297:If you get angry easily, it may be because the seed of anger in you has been watered frequently over many years, and unfortunately you have allowed it or even encouraged it to be watered. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
298:I know that we do not know enough. We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
299:Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle. By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
300:In one sheet of paper, we see everything else, the cloud, the forest, the logger. I am, therefore you are. You are, therefore I am. That is the meaning of the word "interbeing." We interare. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
301:Nothing can be by itself alone, no one can be by himself or herself alone, everyone has to inter-be with every one else. That is why, when you look outside, around you, you can see yourself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
302:In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
303:The Buddha always reminds us that our afflictions, including our fear and our desiring, are born from our ignorance. That is why in order to dissipate fear, we have to remove wrong perception. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
304:The fact that I am standing there and washing bowls is a wondrous reality. I'm being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
305:As you walk, you touch the ground mindfully, and every step can bring you solidity and joy and freedom. Freedom from your regret concerning the past, and freedom from your fear about the future. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
306:Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life... , our way of looking at things, we will know ohw to make peace right in the moment, we are alive. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
307:Loving ourselves means loving our community. When we are capable of loving ourselves, nourishing ourselves properly, not intoxicating ourselves, we are already protecting and nourishing society. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
308:Anxiety is the illness of our age. We worry about ourselves, our family, our friends, our work, and our state of the world. If we allow worry to fill our hearts, sooner or later we will get sick. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
309:Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
310:The Buddha's teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty- four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
311:When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
312:If you can feel that Mother Earth is in you, and you are Mother Earth, then you are not any longer afraid to die because the earth is not dying. Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
313:Peace in every step. The shining red sun is my heart. Each flower smiles with me. How green, how fresh all that grows. How cool the wind blows. Peace is every step. It turns the endless path to joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
314:To meditate is to be aware of what is going on - in our bodies, our feelings our minds, and in the world. When we settle into the present moment, we can see the beauties and wonders before our eyes. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
315:Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
316:With a practice, we can always remain alive in the present moment. With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
317:Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realise your ideal of compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
318:If love is in our hearts, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle. Because understanding is the very foundation of love, words and actions that emerge from our love are always helpful. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
319:We can help many people suffer less and realize a lot of happiness without being rich or influential. If love and compassion are in out hearts, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
320:Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities - those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
321:The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile... You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand new hours to live, and that that's the most precious of gifts. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
322:Everything inside and around us wants to reflect itself in us. We don't have to go anywhere to obtain the truth. We only need to be still and things will reveal themselves in the still water of our heart. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
323:Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
324:Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
325:As long as we think our lives are not good enough (materially), we will not have happiness. As soon as we realize our lives are good enough, happiness immediately appears. That is the practice of contentment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
326:Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful... How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural&
327:The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics, and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
328:We will not just say, "I love him very much," but instead, "I will do something so that he will suffer less." The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
329:Reconciliation is to understand both sides; to go to one side and describe the suffering being endured by the other side, and then go to the other side and describe the suffering being endured by the first side. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
330:Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
331:People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
332:Happiness and suffering support each other. To be is to inter-be. It's like the left and the right. If the left is not there, the right cannot be there. The same is true with suffering and happiness, good and evil. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
333:The energy of compassion is very strong. We suffer. That is real. But we have learned not to get angry and not to allow ourselves to be carried by anger. We realize right away that that is fear. That is corruption. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
334:Eating mindfully is a most important practice of meditation. We can eat in a way that we restore the cookie of our childhood. The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
335:The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
336:We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
337:Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive - that you can touch the miracle of being alive - then that is a kind of enlightenment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
338:Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering us to control our weight. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
339:People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one's perception of reality. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
340:If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is possible today and tomorrow. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
341:When you have enough understanding and compassion in you, then that amount of understanding and compassion will try to express itself in action. And your practice should help you to cultivate more understanding and compassion. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
342:The root-word "buddha" means to wake up, to know, to understand; and he or she who wakes up and understands is call a Buddha. It is as simple as that. The capacity to wake up, to understand, and to love is called Buddha nature. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
343:When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
344:If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
345:We ourselves need love; it's not only society, the world outside, that needs love. But we can't expect that love to come from outside of us. We should ask the question whether we are capable of loving ourselves as well as others. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
346:When we touch our suffering with mindfulness, we begin to transform it. Mindfulness is like a mother holding her baby in her arms and caring for her baby’s pain.  When our pain is held by mindfulness it loses some of its strength. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
347:Meditation is, first of all, a tool for surveying our territory so we can know what is going on. With the energy of mindfulness, we can calm things down, understand them, and bring harmony back to the conflicting elements inside us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
348:Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
349:The reason we might lose love is because we are always looking outside of us, thinking that the object or action of love is out there. That is why we allow the love, the harmony, the mature understanding, to slip away from ourselves. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
350:Every feeling is a field of energy. A pleasant feeling is an energy which can nourish. Irritation is a feeling which can destroy. Under the light of awareness, the energy of irritation can be transformed into and energy which nourishes. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
351:Sometimes when I am alone in my room in the dark, I practice smiling to myself. I do this to be kind to myself, to take good care of myself, to love myself. I know that if I cannot take care of myself, I cannot take care of anyone else. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
352:It's like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
353:You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
354:As you embrace your pain, you get relief and you find out how to handle that emotion. And if you know how to handle the fear, then you have enough insight in order to solve the problem. The problem is to not allow that anxiety to take over. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
355:In Buddhism, mindfulness is the key. Mindfulness is the energy that sheds light on all things and all activities, producing the power of concentration, bringing forth deep insight and awakening. Mindfulness is the base of Buddhist practice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
356:The day is ending, our life is one day shorter. Let us look carefully at what we have done. Let us practice diligently, putting our whole heart into the path. Let us live deeply each moment in freedom, so time does not slip away meaninglessly. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
357:An emotion is only an emotion. It's just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you're aware of that, you won't be afraid of your emotions. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
358:Deep listening is the foundation of Right Speech. If we cannot listen mindfully, we cannot practice Right Speech. No matter what we say, it will not be mindful, because we'll be speaking only our own ideas and not in response to the other person. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
359:Usually, people have a tendency to be caught in the worries concerning the future or in the regret concerning the past. There is some kind of energy that is pushing them to run, and they are not able to establish themselves in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
360:Fear is born from ignorance. We think that the other person is trying to take away something from us. But if we look deeply, we see that the desire of the other person is exactly our own desire - to have peace, to be able to have a chance to live. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
361:When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
362:Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
363:The practice of Zen is to eat, breathe, cook, carry water, and scrub the toilet — to infuse every act of body, speech, and mind — with mindfulness, to illuminate every leaf and pebble, every heap of garbage, every path that leads to our mind's return home. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
364:If you establish serenity and happiness inside yourself, you provide the world with a solid base of peace. If you do not give yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin your peace work with yourself, where will you go to begin it? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
365:Our smile will bring happiness to us and to those around us. Even if we spend a lot of money on gifts for everyone in our family, nothing we buy could give them as much happiness as the gift of our awareness, our smile. And this precious gift costs nothing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
366:To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. A pessimistic attitude can never create the calm and serene smile which blossoms on the lips of Bodhisattvas and all those who obtain the way. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
367:The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable... Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
368:Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life - a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
369:Reconciliation is a deep practice that we can do with our listening and our mindful speech. To reconcile means to bring peace and happiness to nations, people, and members of our family... . In order to reconcile, you have to possess the art of deep listening. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
370:There is a paradise of form and colors in the world. And because you have eyes still in good condition, you can get in touch with the paradise. So when I become aware of my eyes, I touch one of the conditions of happiness. And when I touch it, happiness comes. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
371:The more we see, the more we understand. The more we understand, the easier it is for us to have compassion and love. Understanding is the source of love. Understanding is love itself. Understanding is another name for love; love is another name for understanding. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
372:Sometimes we believe that happiness is not possible in the here and now, that we need a few more conditions to be happy. So we run toward the future to get the conditions we think are missing. But by doing so we sacrifice the present moment; we sacrifice true life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
373:The secret to happiness is happiness itself. Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, the wonder of our breathing. We don't have to travel anywhere else to do so. We can be in touch with these things right now. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
374:A flower is not a flower. It is made only of non-flower elements - sunshine, clouds, time, space, earth, minerals, gardeners, and so on. A true flower contains the whole universe. If we return any one of these non-flower elements to its source, there will be no flower. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
375:Action is called karma. And that's your continuation. When this body disintegrates, you continue on with your actions. It's like the cloud in the sky. When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it hasn't died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
376:In us, there is a river of feelings, in which every drop of water is a different feeling, and each feeling relies on all the others for its existence. To observe it, we just sit on the bank of the river and identify each feeling as it surfaces, flows by, and disappears. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
377:Love doesn't have any color. Other people may discriminate against us, but what is more important is whether we discriminate against them. If we don't do that, we are a happier person, and as a happier person, we are in a position to help. And anger, this is not a help. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
378:Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
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380:Our nature is the nature of no birth and no death. It is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into nonbeing. And that is true with a beloved person. They have not died. They have continued in many new forms and you can look deeply and recognize them in you and around you. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
381:Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
382:Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
383:The miracle is not to walk on water, or in the air, or on burning charcoal. The miracle is to walk on earth. You breathe in, you become aware of the fact that you are alive. You are alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet. The greatest of of all miracles is to be alive. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
384:If you come to Plum Village in the summertime, you see many lotus flowers. Without the mud the lotus flowers cannot grow. You cannot separate lotus flowers from the mud. It is the same with understanding and love. These are two kinds of flowers that grow on the ground of suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
385:Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
386:When someone does not know how to handle his own suffering, one allows it to spill all over the people around him or her. When you suffer, you make people around you suffer. That's very natural. This is why we have to learn how to handle our suffering, so we won't spread it everywhere. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
387:When practiced to its fullest, mindful eating turns a simple meal into a spiritual experience, giving us a deep appreciation of all that went into the meal's creation as well a deep understanding of the relationship between the food on our table, our own health, and our planet's health. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
388:Our mind is the foundation of all our actions, whether they are actions of body, speech, or mind, i.e., thinking. Whatever we think, say, or do arises from our mind. What our consciousness consumes becomes the substance of our life, so we have to be very careful which nutriments we ingest. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
389:Machine thinking is the opposite of mindfulness. If we're really engaged in mindfulness when walking along the path to the village, then we will consider the act of each step we take as an infinite wonder, and a joy will open our hearts like a flower, enabling us to enter the world of reality. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
390:When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
391:Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or run away from difficulties. It is meant to allow positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop—to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
392:You only need to walk in mindfulness, making peaceful, happy steps on our planet. Breathe deeply, and enjoy your breathing. Be aware that the sky is blue and the birds' songs are beautiful. Enjoy being alive and you will help the living Christ and the living Buddha continue for a long, long time. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
393:When we have anger in us, we suffer. When we have discrimination in us, we suffer. When we have the complex of superiority, we suffer. When we have the complex of inferiority, we suffer also. So when we are capable of transforming these negative things in us, we are free and happiness is possible. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
394:A teacher cannot give you the truth. The truth is already in you. You only need to open yourself – body, mind and heart- so that his or her teachings will penetrate your own seeds of understanding and enlightenment. If you let the words enter you, the soil and the seeds will do the rest of the work. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
395:Human beings are not our enemy. Our enemy is not the other person. Our enemy is the violence, ignorance, and injustice in us and in the other person. When we are armed with compassion and understanding, we fight not against other people, but against the tendency to invade, to dominate, and to exploit. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
396:Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: With mindfulness, you can see that she is unhappy, that she is suffering. You can see her wrong perceptions. You can see that she is not beautiful when she says things that are unkind. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
397:If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
398:If you have not suffered hunger, you do not appreciate having something to eat. If you have not gone through a war, you don't know the value of peace. That is why we should not try to run away from one thing after another thing. Holding our suffering, looking deeply into it, we find a way to happiness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
399:Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly, and therefore, to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
400:Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
401:Our joy, peace and happiness depend very much on our practice of recognizing and transforming habit energies. There are positive habit energies that we have to cultivate, and negative habit energies that we have to recognize, embrace and transform. The energy with which we do these things is mindfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
402:Understanding and Love are not two separate things, but just one. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you cannot help but love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
403:Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
404:Your anxiety is your baby. You have to take care of it. You have to go back to yourself, recognize the suffering in you, embrace the suffering, and you get relief. And if you continue with your practice of mindfulness, you understand the roots, the nature of the suffering, and you know the way to transform it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
405:When we are angry, our anger is our very self. To suppress or chase away our anger is to suppress or chase away ourselves. When anger is born, we can be aware that anger is an energy in us, and we can change that energy into another kind of energy. If we want to transform it, first we have to know how to accept it. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
406:If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
407:Before practicing meditation, we see that mountains are mountains. When we start to practice, we see that mountains are no longer mountains. After practicing a while, we see that mountains are again mountains. Now the mountains are very free. Our mind is still with the mountains, but it is no longer bound to anything. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
408:The earth is so beautiful. We are beautiful also. We can allow ourselves to walk mindfully, touching the earth, our wonderful mother, with each step. We don't need to wish our friends, &
409:The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
410:Often, we feel that we need a leader outside of ourselves -a Buddha, a Gandhi, or a Martin Luther King, Jr.- to show the way. But we have the Buddha inside of us. We have Gandhi and King inside of us as well. We are interconnected. We don't need to wait for some other person to be the change we want to see in the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
411:Through your love for each other, through learning the art of making one person happy, you learn to express your love for the whole of humanity and all beings. Please help us develop the curriculum for the Institute for the Happiness of One Person. Don't wait until we open the school. You can begin practicing right away. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
412:Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
413:If we face our unpleasant feelings with care, affection, and nonviolence, we can transform them into a kind of energy that is healthy and has the capacity to nourish us. By the work of mindful observation, our unpleasant feelings can illuminate so much for us, offering us insight and understanding into ourselves and society. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
414:If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation-our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations? ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
415:Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable and highly respected Vietnamese meditation teacher, poet, and peace activist, uses the image of cloudy apple juice settling in a glass to describe meditation. You just sit with whatever is present, even discomfort, anxiety, or confusion, with whatever is present, and the mind settles all by itself. ~ jon-kabat-zinn, @wisdomtrove
416:The Buddha said, &
417:The nectar of compassion is so wonderful. If you are committed to keeping it alive, then you are protected. What the other person says will not touch off the anger and irritation in you, because compassion is the real antidote to anger. Nothing can heal anger except compassion. That is why the practice of compassion is a very wonderful practice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
418:Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
419:If we take the time to look deeply, we see that understanding and compassion arise from suffering. Understanding is the understanding of suffering, and compassion is the kind of energy that can transform suffering. If suffering is not there, we have no means to cultivate our understanding and our compassion. This is something quite simple to see. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
420:Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice DEEP LOOKING directed toward the other person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. That is the message of the Buddha. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
421:like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
422:People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
423:A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it's not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
424:Mindful consumption is the object of this precept. We are what we consume. If we look deeply into the items that we consume every day, we will come to know our own nature very well. We have to eat, drink, consume, but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy our bodies and our consciousness, showing ingratitude toward our ancestors, our parents, and future generations. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
425:And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
426:We meditate not to attain enlightenment, because enlightenment is already in us. We don't need to search anywhere. We don't need to practice to obtain some high position. We can enjoy every moment. People talk about entering nirvana, but we are already there. Aimlessness and nirvana are one. We have everything we need to make the present moment the happiest in our life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
427:Scientists tell us that we have enough technology to save our planet. . . . Yet we don't take advantage of this new technology. . . . The technological has to work hand-in-hand with the spiritual. Our spiritual life is the element that can bring about the energies of peace, calm, brotherhood, understanding, and compassion. Without that, our planet doesn't stand a chance. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
428:The healing of ourselves is the healing of the whole nation. Society is only a manifestation of our collective consciousness and our collective consciousness has a lot of fear, violence and hatred in it. ... It is possible to transform our heart... Not much time is needed... (the transformation can be born) the moment you vow to go in the direction of peace and service. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
429:Inside every one of us is a garden, and every practitioner has to go back to their garden and take care of it. Maybe in the past, you left in untended for a long time. You should know exactly what is going on in your own garden, and try to put everything in order. Restore the beauty; restore the harmony in your garden. If it is well tended, many people will enjoy your garden. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
430:If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
431:It is often said that the Buddha's teaching is only a raft to help you cross the river, a finger pointing to the moon. Don't aistake the finger for the moon. The raft is not the shore. If we cling to the raft, if we cling to the finger, we miss everything. We cannot, in the name of the finger or the raft kill each other. Human life is more precious than any ideology, any doctrine. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
432:Breathing in and out is very important, and it is enjoyable. Our breathing is the link between our body and our mind. Sometimes our mind is thinking of one thing and our body is doing another, and mind and body are not unified. By concentrating on our breathing, “In” and “Out,” we bring body and mind back together, and become whole again. Conscious breathing is an important bridge. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
433:If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
434:No thought about the past or future can pull you away from your present peace and joy. The universe exists in this present moment. No desire can pull you away from this present peace, not even the desire to become a Buddha or the desire to save all beings. Know that to become a Buddha and to save all beings can only be realized on the foundation of the pure peace of the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
435:You need the practice of mindfulness to bring your mind back to the body and establish yourself in the moment. If you are fully present, you need only make a step or take a breath in order to enter the kingdom of God. And once you have the kingdom, you don't need to run after objects of your craving, like power, fame, sensual pleasure, and so on. Peace is possible. Happiness is possible. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
436:I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. We cannot support any act of killing; no killing can be justified. But not to kill is not enough ... If in your thinking you allow the killing to go on, you also break this precept. We must be determined not to condone killing, even in our minds. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
437:The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person’s life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. If love is in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
438:Liberation and enlightenment do not exist outside of your own self. We need only open our eyes to see that we ourselves are the very essence of liberation and enlightenment.  All dharmas, all beings, contain the nature of full enlightenment within themselves.  Don't look for it outside yourself. If you shine the light of awareness on your own self, you will realize enlightenment immediately. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
439:All violence is injustice. Responding to violence with violence is injustice, not only to the other person but also to oneself. Responding to violence with violence resolves nothing; it only escalates violence, anger and hatred. It is only with compassion that we can embrace and disintegrate violence. This is true in relationships between individuals as well as in relationships between nations. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
440:Thich Nhat Hanh has the ability to express some of the most profound teachings of interdependence and emptiness I've ever heard. With the eloquence of a poet, he holds up a sheet of paper and teaches us that the rain cloud and the tree and the logger who cut the tree down are all there in the paper. He's been one of the most significant carriers of the lamp of the dharma to the West that we have had. ~ jack-kornfield, @wisdomtrove
441:If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have dessert, I will be equally incapable of enjoying my dessert. With the fork in my hand, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the texture and flavor of the dessert, together with the pleasure of eating it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
442:Our role as gardeners is to choose, plant and tend the best seeds within the garden of our consciousness. Learning to look deeply at our consciousness is our greatest gift and our greatest need, for there lie the seeds of suffering and of love, the very roots of our being, of who we are. Mindfulness... is the guide and the practice by which we learn how to use the seeds of suffering to nourish the seeds of love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
443:The Noble Eight-Fold Path is the path of living in awareness. Mindfulness is the foundation. By practicing mindfulness, you can develop concentration, which enables you to attain understanding. Thanks to right concentration, you realize right awareness, thoughts, speech, action, livelihood and effort. The understanding which develops can liberate you from every shackle of suffering and give birth to true peace and joy. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
444:A look filled with understanding, an accepting smile, a loving word, a meal shared in warmth and awareness are the things which create happiness in the present moment. By nourishing awareness in the present moment, you can avoid causing suffering to yourself and those around you.  The way you look at others, your smile, and your small acts of caring can create happiness. True happiness does not depend on wealth or fame. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
445:If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child - This is the true practice of love. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
446:Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generatng that kind of energy toward yourself - if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself - it is very difficult to take care of another person. In the Buddhist teaching, it's clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
447:Listening is a very deep practice. You have to empty yourself. You have to leave space in order to listen especially to people we think are our enemies - the ones we believe are making our situation worse. When you have shown your capacity for listening and understanding, the other person will begin to listen to you, and you have a change to tell him or her of your pain, and it's your turn to be healed. This is the practice of peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
448:To be beautiful means to be yourself.You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don't try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
449:To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
450:A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely to ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a breeze, a cloud, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
451:You have two gardens: your own garden and that of your beloved. First, you have to take care of your own garden and master the art of gardening. In each one of us there are flowers and there is also garbage. The garbage is the anger, fear, discrimination, and jealousy within us. If you water the garbage, you will strengthen the negative seeds. If you water the flowers of compassion, understanding, and love, you will strengthen the positive seeds. What you grow is up to you. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
452:Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? Do we have to practice to be able to enjoy it? No, we just enjoy it. Each second, each minute of our lives can be like this. Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing. We don't need to go to China to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to travel into the future to enjoy our breathing. We can be in touch with these things right now. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
453:Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is rid iculous to say "Wait until I fi nish this, then I will be free to live in peace." What is "this" ? A di­ploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come. There is always another "this" that will follow the present one. If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only "the hope of peace some day. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
454:Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
455:When you are a young person, you are like a young creek, and you meet many rocks, many obstacles and difficulties on your way. You hurry to get past these obstacles and get to the ocean. But as the creek moves down through the fields, it becomes larges and calmer and it can enjoy the reflection of the sky. It's wonderful. You will arrive at the sea anyway so enjoy the journey. Enjoy the sunshine, the sunset, the moon, the birds, the trees, and the many beauties along the way. Taste every moment of your daily life. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
456:There are so many things that can provide us with peace. Next time you take a shower or a bath, I suggest you hold your big toes in mindfulness. We pay attention to everything except our toes. When we hold our toes in mindfulness and smile at them, we will find that our bodies have been very kind to us. We know that any cell in our toes can turn cancerous, but our toes have been behaving very well, avoiding that kind of problem. Yet, we have not been nice to them at all. These kinds of practices can bring us happiness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
457:Suppose you are drinking a cup of tea. When you hold your cup, you may like to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, and you become fully present. And when you are truly there, something else is also there - life, represented by the cup of tea. In that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real. You are not lost in the past, in the future, in your projects, in your worries. You are free from all of these afflictions. And in that state of being free, you enjoy your tea. That is the moment of happiness, and of peace. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
458:The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one's freedom. When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy.  Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views.  They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war.  Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.  Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
459:Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath. Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: with mindfulness, you can see that they are unhappy and suffering. You can see their wrong perceptions. You'll feel motivated by a desire to say or do something to help the other person suffer less. This means compassionate energy has been born in your heart. And when compassion appears, anger is deleted. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
460:The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves "inside the skin" of the other. We "go inside" their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering.  Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering.  We must become one with the subject of our observation.  When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us.  Compassion means, literally, "to suffer with." ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
461:Recently, one friend asked me, "How can I force myself to smile when I am filled with sorrow? It isn't natural." I told her she must be able to smile to her sorrow, because we are more than our sorrow. A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn the Buddha on, we are the Buddha. If we turn sorrow on then we are sorrow. If we turn a smile on, we really are the smile. We can not let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to seize the situation in our hand, to recover our own sovereignty. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
462:Your anger is like a flower. In the beginning you may not understand the nature of your anger, or why it has come up. But if you know how to embrace it with the energy of mindfulness, it will begin to open. You may be sitting, following your breathing, or you may be practicing walking meditation to generate the energy of mindfulness and embrace your anger. After ten or twenty minutes your anger will have to open herself to you, and suddenly, you will see the true nature of your anger. It may have arisen just because of a wrong perception or the lack of skillfulness. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
463:Mindfulness makes our eyes, our heart, our non-toothache, the moon, and the trees deep and beautiful. And when we touch our suffering with mindfulness, we begin to transform it.  Mindfulness is like a mother holding her baby in her arms and caring for her baby’s pain.  When our pain is held by mindfulness it loses some of its strength. . . . Mindfulness recognizes what is there, and concentration allows you to be deeply present with whatever it is.  Concentration is the ground of happiness.  If you live twenty-four hours a day in mindfulness and concentration, one day is a lot. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
464:Around us, life bursts with miracles&
465:At the moment you become angry, you tend to believe that your misery has been created by another person. You blame him or her for all your suffering. But by looking deeply, you may realize that the seed of anger in you is the main cause of your suffering. Many other people, confronted with the same situation, would not get angry like you. They hear the same words, they see the same situation, and yet they are able to stay calm and not be carried away. Why do you get angry so easily? You may get angry very easily because your seed of anger is too strong. And because you have not practiced the methods for taking good care of your anger, the seed of anger has been watered too often in the past. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove
466:Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it Compassionate Listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time. For now, you don't interrupt. You don't argue. If you do, he loses his chance. You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing. ~ thich-nhat-hanh, @wisdomtrove

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1:No Mud, No Lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
2:No mud, no lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
3:No mud, no lotus.
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4:Peace is every step. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
5:"The future is now." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
6:Compassion is a verb. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
7:"Peace is every step." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
8:"Come back to yourself." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
9:Relax. It’s only a game. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
10:"The true teacher is you." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
11:"Doing nothing is something." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
12:Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
13:The virtuous mind themselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
14:Peace and calm are contagious. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
15:Smile, breathe and go slowly.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
16:Muốn thương yêu phải hiểu biết. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
17:"Smile, breathe and go slowly." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
18:A lotus for you. A Buddha to be. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
19:In true love, there is no pride. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
20:Only this actual moment is life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
21:The miracle is to walk on Earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
22:In true love, you attain freedom. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
23:"This moment is full of wonders." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
24:Direct experience is the only way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
25:Wise men mold their own character. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
26:Withough suffering you cannot grow ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
27:dwell deeply in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
28:Every person is a world to explore. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
29:No act of killing can be justified. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
30:Our own life has to be our message. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
31:Practice the non-practice practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
32:"The pure is made from the impure." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
33:Understanding is love’s other name. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
34:"Anxiety is the illness of our age." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
35:The greatest miracle is to be alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
36:"Our own life has to be our message." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
37:Peace is all around us and within us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
38:Angry words backfire upon the speaker. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
39:Be yourself.Life is precious as it is. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
40:Find joy in the extinction of desires. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
41:Harboring thoughts keeps hatred alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
42:Only the present moment contains life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
43:My actions are my only true belongings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
44:Our true home is in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
45:EVERY OBJECT of the mind is itself mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
46:Understanding is the foundation of love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
47:Happiness isn't possible without freedom. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
48:Le miracle c'est de marcher sur la terre. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
49:Love has no meaning without understanding ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
50:My Dharma is the practice of nonpractice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
51:Nothing can heal anger except compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
52:Freedom from desire is the best of states. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
53:We have come a long way to find ourselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
54:What are you ruminating on? Old suffering? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
55:Your true home is in the here and the now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
56:Equanimity means to let go, not to abandon. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
57:falcon swooped down and caught a young quail ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
58:Harmony and One-ness with all living beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
59:If we lose the present moment, we lose life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
60:Release your cows so you can be truly happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
61:When our beliefs are based on our own direct ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
62:Life is available only in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
63:Unchecked craving strangles the careless man. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
64:"A meditator is both an artist and a warrior." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
65:Because you are alive, everything is possible. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
66:Home is the place where loneliness disappears. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
67:The present moment contains the whole of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
68:"Life is only available in the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
69:Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
70:To be loved means to be recognized as existing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
71:You are not an observer, you are a participant. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
72:Be yourself.Life is precious as it is. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh❈ 🌲❄🌲 ♥ 🌲❄,
73:Committed to Improving the State of Every Heart. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
74:"Insight always has the power of liberating us." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
75:One included all, and all were contained in one. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
76:There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
77:There is no fire like lust, no evil like hatred. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
78:What is happening in the present moment is life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
79:and agony. Are you consuming like a Hungry Ghost? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
80:"A real being is quite different from a concept." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
81:Existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
82:Understanding means throwing away your knowledge. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
83:We can touch the Kingdom of God in everyday life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
84:Calming, Smiling. Present moment, Wonderful moment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
85:Pay no attention to harsh words uttered by others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
86:usually discover that we’ve had a wrong perception ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
87:Words sometimes get sick and we have to heal them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
88:Calming, Smiling, Present moment, Wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
89:Don’t ask me anything more. My essence is wordless. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
90:Happiness does not come from consumption of things. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
91:Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
92:In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
93:It is only when we stop that we can encounter life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
94:Our appointment with life is in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
95:Our deep aspiration is an immense source of energy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
96:teacher, to help us not fall back into the past. We ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
97:There are many ways to tell the truth. It’s an art. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
98:There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
99:There is no way to happiness--happiness is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
100:We all exist as part of a wonderful stream of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
101:you are part of the universe; you are made of stars ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
102:A human being is made up of only non-human elements. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
103:Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
104:Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
105:if your love is only a will to possess, its not love ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
106:It only takes one breath to return to your true home ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
107:N a m a s t éMy actions are my only true belongings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
108:Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha. ~ Sogyal Rinpoche,
109:Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
110:Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
111:We do not have to die to get to the gates of Heaven. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
112:You are part of the universe; you are made of stars. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
113:In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
114:The only moment to be alive is in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
115:There is nowhere to arrive except the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
116:You don't have to run anywhere to become someone else ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
117:"Aimlessness, nonattainment, is a wonderful practice." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
118:As long as fear is in us, happiness cannot be perfect. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
119:Give up the lesser comforts for the greater happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
120:I am not dreaming.This is a real day, a beautiful one. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
121:If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
122:Many books have been written on Thomas Merton already. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
123:“There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
124:Admonish yourself strongly. Scrutinize yourself deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
125:Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
126:He who judges a situation impulsively is not righteous. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
127:If you think while you walk, you’re not really walking. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
128:Know that life can only be found in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
129:"Mindfulness helps you fall in love with the ordinary." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
130:"Nothing can survive without food, not even suffering." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
131:"Our quality of being determines our quality of doing." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
132:the art of happiness is also the art of suffering well. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
133:the more freedom you have, the more happiness you have. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
134:Forgetfulness is the darkness, mindfulness is the light. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
135:Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
136:Poison cannot penetrate the hand that is free of wounds. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
137:We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
138:You cannot love properly and deeply without mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
139:Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
140:Deeds done from bad motives remain everlastingly tainted. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
141:If a lotus is to grow, it needs to be rooted in the mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
142:Life is real; it’s not a dream when mindfulness is there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
143:Nonfear is the cream of the Buddha’s teaching. Practicing ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
144:"Out of suffering, a lotus flower of happiness can open." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
145:Stillness is the foundation of understanding and insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
146:“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
147:Curb your speech, restrain your mind, commit no evil deed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
148:"In the sunlight of awareness, everything becomes sacred." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
149:I will learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
150:The electron is first of all your concept of the electron. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
151:The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
152:Whoever neglects doing good is inviting addiction to evil. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
153:In the stormy ocean of life, take refuge in your wise self. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
154:This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
155:to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
156:When you touch deep understanding and love, you are healed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
157:Do not allow your heart to whirl in the pleasures of senses. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
158:I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
159:"Do not be afraid to love. Without love, life is impossible." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
160:Enlightenment is when the wave realizes that it is the ocean. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
161:No one teaches mindfulness better than Thich Nhat Hanh. ~ B J Gallagher Hateley,
162:Our quality of being determines our quality of doing. (Thay). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
163:Those flawed in their nature have no control over themselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
164:Do not damage any human being , animal , vegetable or mineral. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
165:"The only material that the future is made of is the present." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
166:To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
167:Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
168:Fools do not praise generosity, the wise rejoice in generosity. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
169:It is better to live alone than to have a fool for a companion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
170:"The practice is to find silence in all the activities you do." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
171:Your body is not just yours. It is a gift and a responsibility. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
172:"Breathing in, I offer joy.Breathing out, I offer compassion." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 。,
173:Life is enhanced and ultimately perfected by inward development. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
174:Mẹ già như chuối ba hương
Như xôi nếp một, như đường mía lau ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
175:You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
176:If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
177:Let one mold himself in accordance with the precepts he teachers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
178:Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
179:Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
180:person always deserves your full respect. Reverence is the nature ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
181:The survival of humankind depends on our ability to stop rushing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
182:To love is, first of all, to accept ourselves as we actually are. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
183:Whatever the tasks, do them slowly and with ease, in mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
184:Eating is not only nourishing for the body, but also for the mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
185:Everyone knows that blaming and arguing never help; but we forget. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
186:I have lost my smile,
but don't worry.
The dandelion has it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
187:In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
188:It does not take more than one thoughtless phrase to hurt someone. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
189:Making an effort at the wrong time or place dissipates our energy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
190:Soldiers fear the frontier post, monks fear the Surangama Dharani! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
191:Ðóa hoa mầu hồng tôi cài trên áo anh rồi đó. Anh hãy sung sướng đi! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
192:I am a continuation like the rain is the continuation of the cloud. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
193:May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
194:Meditation practice is also a kind of food because it nourishes us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
195:The space itself, your home, naturally has a message and intention. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
196:We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
197:"In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
198:It is always possible to practice releasing the tension in yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
199:Let one embrace his own truth and devote himself to its fulfillment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
200:One’s breath, after all, is hardly attached to any particular creed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
201:There is no way to happiness—happiness is the way.” –THICH NHAT HANH ~ Timothy Ferriss,
202:The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
203:Understanding and love aren't two separate things, they're just one. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
204:We are what we feel and perceive. If we are angry, we are the anger. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
205:We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
206:When you understand, you cannot help but love. You cannot get angry. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
207:Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
208:Calming allows us to rest, and resting is a precondition for healing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
209:It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
210:Peace is based on respect for life, the spirit of reverence for life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
211:Suffering has its beneficial aspects. It can be an excellent teacher. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
212:We have created a culture of constant snacking, drinking, and eating. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
213:Why wander all over the world looking for something you already have? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
214:Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
215:Every morning, . . . rededicate yourself to your path. . . . ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #Buddhism,
216:Our happiness and suffering are the happiness and suffering of others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
217:Our inner space and our peace of mind are affected by our outer space. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
218:That’s why to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
219:To love is to recognize ; to be loved is to be recognized by the other ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
220:"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
221:Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
222:Meditation is the art of using one kind of energy to transform another. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
223:Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
224:Therefore, in order to take care of you, I have to take care of myself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
225:We must begin to live fully and truly, every moment of our daily lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
226:Confucius said,"To know that you don't know is the beginning of knowing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
227:Everyone is breathing, but not everyone is aware that they’re breathing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
228:If we believe that tomorrow will be better we can bear a hardship today. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
229:If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
230:Rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd” (Nothing is created, nothing is lost). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
231:We can recognize happiness only when we remember the times of suffering! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
232:"When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
233:"All you have to do is learn how to transform your garbage into flowers." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
234:Do everything in mindfulness so you can really be there, so you can love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
235:If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
236:Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
237:Anywhere we go, we will have our self with us; we cannot escape ourselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
238:Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
239:Smile, breathe, and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh Don't try to steer the river. ~ Deepak Chopra,
240:Emptiness means to be full of everything but empty of a separate existence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
241:If we practice walking meditation, we walk just for walking, not to arrive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
242:Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
243:Mindful breathing is the vehicle that you use to go back to your true home. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
244:Our suffering is us, and we need to treat it with kindness and nonviolence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
245:Right View cannot be described. We can only point in the correct direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
246:Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
247:"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
248:I am convinced that happiness is not possible unless it is based on freedom. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
249:our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
250:The more you cultivate joy, the more joy you will feel and be able to share. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
251:The only place where we can touch Jesus and the Kingdom of God is within us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
252:When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
253:Be an island unto yourself. Take refuge in yourself and not in anything else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
254:If you don't understand and you love, that is not love; it is something else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
255:"If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is their presence." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
256:In, out Deep, slow Calm, ease Smile, release Present moment, wonderful moment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
257:Of course, to lose weight, dieters need to eat fewer calories than they burn. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
258:Only by looking deeply into the nature of your fear can you find the way out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
259:The bikku should not rest content until mental intoxicants are fully extinct. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
260:"The true teacher is someone who helps you discover the teacher in yourself." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
261:When you sit alone quietly, it’s something beautiful, even if nobody sees it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
262:Doing your best is the surest way to remind those around you to do their best. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
263:FREEDOM IS THE basis of all happiness. Without freedom, there is no happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
264:In the light of Buddhist meditation, love is impossible without understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
265:Knowing how to suffer well is essential to realizing true happiness. SUFFERING ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
266:The amassing of evil brings misery. The accumulation of good brings blessings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
267:The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
268:The only way to understand fully is to become the object of our understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
269:The verb “to be” here means to generate your own presence, your real presence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
270:We have to make the effort to heal words by using them properly and carefully. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
271:We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
272:When mindfulness is present, the Buddha and the Holy Spirit are already there, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
273:When our mindfulness embraces those who we love, they will bloom like flowers, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
274:You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
275:"Every act, every breath, and every step can help us to become more ourselves." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
276:If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
277:if you practice true love, very soon that love will grow and include all of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
278:"Ask a cloud: What is your date of birth? Before you were born, where were you?" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
279:As you practice building a home in yourself, you become more and more beautiful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
280:Hell is a matter of everyday life, like the Kingdom of God. The choice is yours. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
281:If you do not give right attention to the one you love, it is a kind of killing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
282:Nonhuman animals instinctively know that stopping is the best way to get healed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
283:To be truly present we have to stop our thinking. This is the secret of success. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
284:Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
285:When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
286:When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
287:You already are everything you are seeking. Do not try to become something else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
288:"You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
289:Breath remains the vehicle to unite body and mind and to open the gate to wisdom. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
290:Every time we buy or consume something, we may be condoning some form of killing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
291:If you take good care of the present, there is no need to worry about the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
292:Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
293:My dear friends, my dear disciples, don’t take refuge in anything outside of you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
294:Our message is first and foremost a nonverbal one; our message is our own action. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
295:Understanding is the other name of love. If you don’t understand, you can’t love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
296:"We think that by seeking pleasure we'll avoid suffering. But this doesn't work." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
297:Whether you can see the Buddha or not depends on you, on the state of your being. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
298:you should cultivate freedom, including freedom from your own concepts and ideas. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
299:Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
300:Emptiness is not the opposite of existence. It is not nothingness or annihilation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
301:Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
302:If learning is not followed by reflecting and practicing, it is not true learning. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
303:In. Out. Deep. Slow. Calm. Ease. Smile. Release. Present moment. Wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
304:I vow to live each moment fully and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
305:Love, understanding, courage, and acceptance are expressions of the life of Jesus, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
306:Our idea of happiness may be the very thing that’s preventing us from being happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
307:Resilient trees can weather a violent storm because their roots are deep and firm. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
308:The energy of mindfulness has the element of friendship and loving kindness in it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
309:The most precious thing you can give to the people you love is your true presence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
310:"The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
311:Don’t wait to start living. Live now! Your life should be real in this very moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
312:Fear is based on ignorance. Lack of understanding is also a primary cause of anger. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
313:Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy. – ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
314:shortest distance possible, finally reaching the bottom, the point of perfect rest. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
315:Fear feeds off ignorance, whereas compassion and lucidity flower from understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
316:"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
317:I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
318:It is possible to live happily in the present moment. It is the only moment we have. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
319:Liberation is the ability to go from the world of signs to the world of true nature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
320:Maintain your health. Be joyful. Do not force yourself to do things you cannot do.”2 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
321:The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
322:Views, knowledge, and even wisdom are solid, and can block the way of understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
323:You have to protect yourself and your beloved ones by practicing selective watering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
324:Both death and life are happening at every instant in the river of our physical body. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
325:Dear friends, do you know that you are lucky people? You don't have any cows to lose. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
326:If we don’t practice mindfulness, our cravings and sensual desires will overwhelm us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
327:Mindful eating means simply eating or drinking while being aware of each bite or sip. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
328:Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
329:True love is made of four elements: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
330:"Washing a dish can be an act of enlightenment. It's delightful to wash the dishes!!" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
331:We will receive the fruits of any act we have done, whether wholesome or unwholesome. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
332:When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
333:Without reason, there is no concentration. Without concentration, there is no reason. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
334:drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it as the axis on which the world revolves ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
335:He whispered to himself, “If I do not find the Way, I will not return to Kapilavatthu. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
336:I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
337:Just because we do not perceive something, it is not correct to say it does not exist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
338:My mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
339:Our practice is to water the flower in our loved one, and not bring them more garbage. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
340:To practice nonviolence, first of all we must learn to deal peacefully with ourselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
341:When desire stops, there is no more fear. We are then truly free, peaceful, and happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
342:Hãy đi những bước chân như hôn vào mặt đất
Hãy đi những bước chân như vỗ về trái đất ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
343:In this food I see clearly the presence of the entire universe supporting my existence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
344:Look at the body as a royal chariot to which the ignorant cling, while the wise let go. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
345:Meditation means to look deeply, to touch deeply so we can realize we are already home. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
346:"Mindfulness is the capacity of being aware of what is going on in the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
347:“My mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
348:The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
349:When we succeed in surviving strong emotions, we experience a more solid peace of mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
350:"When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
351:Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
352:"I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
353:The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on this earth. – Thich Nhat Hanh ~ Jeff Foster,
354:The wise man carefully, moment by moment, one by one, eliminates the stains of his mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
355:This is Buddhist meditation-to penetrate, to be one with, in order to really understand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
356:What you are looking for is already in you...You already are everything you are seeking. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
357:A person who looks at the table and can see the universe is a person who can see the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
358:Ask yourself, “Who can I make smile this morning?” This is the art of creating happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
359:Breathing in, I see myself as still water. Breathing out, I reflect things as they are.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh|,
360:Enlightenment, joy, and peacecan never be given to you by another.The well is inside you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
361:"Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive and fully aware." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
362:The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
363:The moment you understandthe importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
364:The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
365:Thinking prevents us from touching life deeply. I think, therefore I am really not there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
366:Those who practice restraint in body, word, and mind are surely in control of themselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
367:We cannot be by ourselves alone. We can only inter-be with everything else in the cosmos. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
368:Find space in your day when you can practice mindful breathing and letting go of tensions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
369:My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
370:Our mothers and fathers helped us come to be and, even nlw, they continue to give us life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
371:The mind is like a monkey swinging from branch to branch through a forest, says the Sutra. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
372:The moment you understand the importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
373:The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
374:Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
375:As rain pours through poorly thatched houses, so does desire penetrate an undeveloped mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
376:Breathing in, there is only the present moment.
Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
377:Concentration on impermanence and nonself leads to the insight of impermanence and nonself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
378:For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
379:I inherit the results of my acts of body, speech, and mind. My actions are my continuation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
380:Mindfulness is the energy that makes us fully present, fully alive in the here and the now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
381:Smile, breathe and go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk, author and peace activist. ~ Nhat Hanh,
382:The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
383:"The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
384:"The real miracle is not to fly or walk on fire. The real miracle is to walk on the Earth." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
385:True love is like the sun, shining with its own light, and offering that light to everyone. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
386:Unwholesome acts cannot bring wholesome results. The things a fool gains amount to nothing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
387:We are not noble by birth. We are noble only by virtue of the way we think, speak, and act. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
388:We do not produce mindfulness to chase away or fight our anger but to take good care of it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
389:Whoever is not tied to possessions, clinging neither to body nor mind, is never in bondage. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
390:Without suffering there cannot be happiness. Without mud there cannot be any lotus flowers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
391:Happiness can be attained by letting go, including letting go of your ideas about happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
392:If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
393:Image teaching” uses words and ideas. “Substance teaching” communicates by the way you live. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
394:"It is in the present moment that life, peace, joy, happiness, and well-being are possible." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
395:Love by the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you eat. This world very much needs love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
396:New cells are born everyday and old cells die, but they have neither funerals nor birthdays. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
397:Sitting in meditation is nourishment for your spirit and nourishment for your body, as well. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
398:We carry our past sorrows and anger and they become a kind of baggage that makes life heavy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
399:"For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
400:If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
401:Right Mindfulness accepts everything without judging or reacting. It is inclusive and loving. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
402:The key to creating a home meditation practice is to create a space where the busyness stops. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
403:The source of suffering is a false belief in permanence and the existence of separate selves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
404:The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
405:To “love our enemy” is impossible, because the moment we love him, he is no longer our enemy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
406:Unwholesome action, hurting self, comes easily. Wholesome action, healing self, takes effort. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
407:Watering the seeds of happiness is a very important practice for those who are sick or dying. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
408:When you’re in bed and unable to sleep, the best thing to do is to go back to your breathing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
409:Finding a moment to sit and just do nothing can be very healing, transforming, and nourishing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
410:My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon.” In ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
411:Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
412:The amount of happiness that you have depends,on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
413:The first part of looking at our fear is just inviting it into our awareness without judgment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
414:The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
415:When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
416:Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. THICH NHAT HANH ~ Phil Jackson,
417:I have arrived, I am home In the here, in the now I am solid, I am free In the ultimate I dwell ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
418:Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion towards ourselves and towards all living beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
419:out. Bring your awareness to the different parts of your body in turn, and allow them to relax. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
420:Seules votre compassion, votre attention et votre gentillesse sont invincibles et sans limites. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
421:The truth is that everything contains everything else. We cannot just be, we can only inter-be. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
422:We are all mother's of the Buddha because we are all pregnant with the potential for awakening. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
423:We can walk in such a way that we arrive with each step—not walking just to get somewhere else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
424:We turn on the TV and leave it on, allowing someone else to guide us, shape us, and destroy us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
425:When we know how to be at peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
426:Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
427:Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
428:The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
429:The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21) ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
430:True love doesn’t contain suffering or attachment. It brings well-being to ourselves and others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
431:We fall back into the past, we jump ahead into the future, and in this we lose our entire lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
432:We must practice living deeply, loving, and acting with charity if we wish to truly honor Jesus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
433:When you love someone, the most precious gift you can give your loved one is your true presence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
434:Death drowns the unsatisfied man, whose restless mind clutches for greater and greater pleasures. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
435:Our spiritual ancestors have also given birth to us, and they, tol, continue to give birth to us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
436:You would not cry if you knew that by looking deeply into the rain you would still see the cloud. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
437:Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability 2dwell in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
438:Be like the earth. When the rain comes, the earth simply opens up to the rain and soaks it all in. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
439:Each morning when we wake up to life we see that we have a gift of twenty-four brand new hours. If ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
440:"Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
441:If we don’t acknowledge and look deeply at our own fears, we can draw dangers and accidents to us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
442:"Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
443:No birth and no death; no being and no nonbeing; no coming and no going; no same and no different, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
444:The Essential Discipline for Daily Use,” written by the Buddhist monk Doc The from Bao Son pagoda, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
445:Anxiety, the illness of our time comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
446:Do not be concerned with what others have or have not done. Observe your own actions and inactions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
447:If monks and nuns do not cherish their time of practice, they will have nothing to offer the world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
448:The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth dwelling deeply in.. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
449:we had practiced watering the positive seeds in him every day, he would not be the way he is today. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
450:Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
451:Any meaningful work for peace must follow the principle of nonduality, the principle of penetration. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
452:Faith is having a path that leads you to freedom, liberation, and the transformation of afflictions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
453:Just as an arrow smith shapes an arrow to perfection with fire, so does the wise man shape his mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
454:[…] la práctica espiritual consiste más en reflexionar sobre las preguntas que en hallar respuestas. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
455:We can see making breakfast as mundane work or as a privilege—it just depends on our way of looking. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
456:"When someone is thirsty and drinks only salty water, the more he drinks, the thirstier he becomes." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
457:As the pot slowly fills up with water, drop by drop, so does the fool, little by little, become evil. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
458:For true love to be there, you need to feel complete in yourself, not needing something from outside. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
459:Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
460:how can we expand our heart? increasing our understanding and compassion makes our heart grow greater ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
461:Like a beautifully brightly colored flower without fragrance, is the well-spoken word without action. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
462:People ask me, “Why do you do walking meditation?” The best answer I can give is, “Because I like it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
463:Releasing both victory and defeat, the tranquil minds dwell in happiness. Victory produces hostility. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
464:Shallow understanding accompanies shallow compassion. Great understanding goes with great compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
465:The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
466:At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
467:In a family, if there is one person who practices mindfulness, the entire family will be more mindful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
468:Our desire to have a partner is, in part, a continuation of our desire for someone to take care of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
469:The verses are meant to help us to bring our awareness back to what’s happening in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
470:Every advance in our scientific understanding deepens our admiration & love 4 this wondrous planet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
471:Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
472:There is no way to happiness—happiness is the way.” –THICH NHAT HANH Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Nobel ~ Timothy Ferriss,
473:The root of that craving is our habit energy.When we look deeply at it, we can begin to untie the knot. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
474:To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to be yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
475:We can put an end to our suffering just by realizing that our suffering is not worth suffering for! How ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
476:And the future you constantly worry about is nothing other than a projection of fear and desire from the ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
477:A single wise word bringing peace to the listener is worth more than a thousand speeches of empty words. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
478:If you are a poet, you will clearly see a cloud floating on this sheet of paper.

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479:Mindful breathing helps us stop being preoccupied by sorrows of the past and anxieties about the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
480:"Mindfulness is the kind of energy that helps us to be fully present, to live life in the here and now." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
481:Ở đời, ít người biết nhìn bằng con mắt thương yêu. Vì vậy họ ác độc với nhau, họ không tha thứ cho nhau. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
482:Other people’s actions are the result of their own pain and not the result of any intention to hurt you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
483:Sexuality should be accompanied by understanding and love. Without understanding and love, sex is empty. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
484:Touching the present moment, we realize that the present is made of the past and is creating the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
485:When there are wars within us, it will not be long before we are at war with others, even those we love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
486:Attachment to views, attachment to ideas, attachment to perceptions are the biggest obstacle to the truth ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
487:it’s easier to refrain from sexual activity altogether than to maintain a harmonious sexual relationship. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
488:"Make the present moment, the here and the now, into your true home. That is the only home that we have." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
489:Mindfulness is the energy that allows us to recognize our habit energy and prevent it from dominating us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
490:TO ME, THE definition of hell is simple: it is a place where there is no understanding and no compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
491:We can't wait to be happy until we remove one hundred percent of suffering. That moment will never exist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
492:We need a small space where we can take care of our nervous system and restore our tranquility and peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
493:I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
494:MEDITATION is not to get out of society, to escape from society, but to prepare for a reentry into society ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
495:The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
496:Things cannot stay the same because they are influenced by everything else, everything that is not itself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
497:We ought to listen to music or sit and practice breathing at the beginning of every meeting or discussion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
498:We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
499:You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
500:A foolish man clings to wrong views, mocks the teaching of the righteous, and invites ruin and destruction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
501:Home is the place where loneliness disappears. When we’re home, we feel warm, comfortable, safe, fulfilled. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
502:Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That's all you really need to be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
503:To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
504:To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
505:To be beautiful means to be yourself.You don’t need to be accepted by others.You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ♥,
506:"Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is made. A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
507:Buddhist teachings are meant to awaken our true self, not merely to add to our storehouse of knowledge. From ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
508:No one can be by himself or herself alone. We have to inter-be, connected with everyone and everything else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
509:Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
510:The path that does not run away from but embraces our suffering is the path that will lead us to liberation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
511:There is no fire like lust, no vise like hatred, no trap like delusion, and no galloping river like craving. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
512:To be beautiful, means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
513:When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
514:Happiness is your nature. It's not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
515:Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what's the use of seeing? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
516:See that the most essential thing is life and that killing or oppressing one another will not solve anything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
517:Since we cling to our hope in the future, we do not focus our energies and capabilities on the present moment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
518:The miracle is walking on the earth, not walking on water or fire. The real miracle is walking on this earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
519:"The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
520:We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember.
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521:Getting rid of the concept of self is the work of all meditators, because suffering is born from this concept. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
522:here is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
523:"Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #meditation,
524:Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
525:People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. They prefer suffering that is familiar to the unknown.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
526:"The Buddha's teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
527:"Without thinking and talking, there is no obstacle to get in the way of our enjoyment of the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
528:Just as rust produced by iron corrodes iron, so is the violator of moral law destroyed by his own wrong action. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
529:Now I see that if one doesn’t know how to die, one can hardly know how to live—because death is a part of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
530:"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. They prefer suffering that is familiar to the unknown." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
531:There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. There is no way to enlightenment; enlightenment is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
532:There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
533:“‘To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.’” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
534:Understanding is like water flowing in a stream. Wisdom and knowledge are solid and can block our understanding ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
535:We were born, and with that birth, our fear was born along with the desire to survive. This is original desire. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
536:When Jesus said, "I am the way," He meant that to have a true relationship with God, you must practice His way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
537:When our mind experiences pleasure, the five desires arise. The real hero quickly puts an end to these desires. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
538:When someone says to us, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, "Darling, I care about your suffering," a deep healing begins. ~ Tara Brach,
539:All things arise because of their interdependence, and that is why nothing has a separate, independent identity. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
540:Earth brings us into lifeAnd nourishes us.Earth takes us back again.Birth and death are present in every moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
541:even if you turn off the TV, the TV in your mind continues to run. So you have to also stop the TV in your head. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
542:Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
543:"Meditation is not imitation. It is creation. Meditators who only imitate their instructors can only go so far." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
544:"Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing?" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
545:"Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
546:Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are. We ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
547:The ground for action is to be. Walk, sit, and eat in such a way that peace is possible in the here and the now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
548:To be in the here and the now—solid and fully alive—is a very positive contribution to our collective situation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
549:To me, religious life is life. I do not see any reason to spend one’s whole life tasting just one kind of fruit. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
550:What we need are people who are capable [...] of not taking sides so that they can embrace the whole of reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
551:Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness, should you not seek light? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
552:Don’t look outside yourself for happiness. Let go of the idea that you don’t have it. It is available within you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
553:Right View is to have faith and confidence that there are people who have been able to transform their suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
554:"There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. There is no way to enlightenment; enlightenment is the way." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
555:The seed of Buddhahood, the capacity to wake up and understand things as they are, is also present in each of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
556:To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
557:"True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
558:You can’t take the other person out of you. You can’t take yourself out of others. The suffering still continues. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
559:He saw that living beings suffer because they do not understand that they share one common ground with all beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
560:If you always sit in expectation, you’re not in the present moment. The present moment contains the whole of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
561:If you know how to go back to her and listen carefully every day for five or ten minutes, healing will take place. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
562:Ignorance is in each cell of our body and our consciousness. It's like a drop of ink diffused in a glass of water. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
563:"On the altar in my hermitage are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
564:We can no longer be deluded by the notion that the destruction of others’ lives is necessary for our own survival. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
565:We wanted peace. We did not care about anyone’s victory or defeat. We just wanted the bombs to stop falling on us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
566:Why wander all over the world looking for something you already have? You are already the richest person on Earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
567:"Your foot touches the Earth mindfully, and you arrive firmly in the here and the now. And suddenly you are free." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
568:Eat in a way that is relaxing and brings you joy. It doesn’t take too much organizing and the results are profound. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
569:He saw the oneness of body and mind, that each and every cell of the body contained all the wisdom of the universe. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
570:I am life without boundaries. The decaying of this body does not mean the end of me. I am not limited to this body. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
571:If we consume toxic magazine articles, movies, or video games, they will feed our craving, our anger, and our fear. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
572:Thế giới là thế giới của tri giác; tri giác chính xác thì thực tại hiển lộ, tri giác sai lầm thì thực tại chìm lặn. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
573:The past is no longer a prison for me. The future is not a prison either. I am able to live in the here and now and ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
574:To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
575:If we can relax when our strong emotions come, then we don’t pass fear on to our children and to future generations. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
576:Now I see that if one doesn't know how to die, one can hardly know how to live - because death
is a part of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
577:There is no need to travel a great distance to touch the Kingdom of God, because it is not located in space or time. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
578:To be aware that you are still alive, that you are walking on this beautiful planet—that is a form of enlightenment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
579:When you put a piece of bread into your mouth, chew only your bread and not your projects, worries, fears, or anger. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
580:As soon as we pay attention to our breath, as we breathe in, these three things—body, breath, and mind—come together. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
581:Attachment to the false view of the self means belief in the presence of unchanging entities that exist on their own. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
582:EMBRACING SUFFERING If we let the suffering come up and just take over our mind, we can be quickly overwhelmed by it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
583:If we are caught by the obstacle of knowledge, even if truth comes knocking at our door, we will refuse to let it in. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
584:It is easy to see the flaws of others, hard to see one's own. One exposes flaws of others, yet hides one's own flaws. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
585:"Walking meditation is not a practice, it is an enjoyment. We don't force it, but we enjoy it. It is an act of love." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
586:Whenever a painful feeling or emotion arises, we should be able to be present with it, not fight it, but recognize it ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
587:Happiness is a function of compassion. If you do not have compassion in your heart, you do not have any happiness. The ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
588:If we have too many worries, fears, and doubts, we have no room for living and loving. We need to practice letting go. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
589:It is not impermamence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permament when they are not. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
590:It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
591:Many of us continue to run even in our sleep. We can never rest. In our dreams, in our nightmares, we continue to run. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
592:The Buddha said many times. "My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the Moon ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
593:Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is a wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
594:The Buddha said many times, “My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
595:The suffering and the quarreling in a family don't begin with unkindness, they begin with one person's pain and stress. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
596:To be and not to be are just two ideas opposing each other. But they are not reality, and they do not describe reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
597:We can look around and see that a person who lives with happiness and compassion has the capacity to make others happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
598:A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
599:"By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better, and prepare for a better future." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #hereandnow,
600:"Drink your tea slowly & reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves. Live the actual moment" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
601:Practice looking at all beings with the eyes of compassion: this is the meditation called “the meditation on compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
602:"When truly present, you are more in control of situations, you have more love, patience, understanding and compassion." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
603:If our minds are blocked, there is no device that will make up for our inability to communicate with ourselves or others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
604:vow to speak purely and lovingly. When my mouth is fragrant with right speech, a flower blooms in the garden of my heart. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
605:You do not suffer because things R impermanent. You suffer because things R impermanent and you think they are permanent. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
606:Your purpose is to be yourself. You don't have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
607:An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
608:Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
609:The source of love is deep in us. One word, 1action, or 1thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring them joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
610:We are very afraid of being powerless. But we have the power to look deeply at our fears, and then fear cannot control us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
611:For me, there is no happiness without freedom, and freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
612:Sexual intimacy shouldn’t occur before there is communion, understanding, and sharing on the emotional and spiritual level. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
613:We need to look closely at our relationships to see whether they are based primarily on mutual need or on mutual happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
614:A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
615:Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
616:Often we either don’t plan at all, or we get caught up in obsessive planning because we fear the future and its uncertainty. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
617:People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
618:The wise man, by vigor, mindfulness, restraint, and self-control, creates for himself an island which no flood can submerge. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
619:Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
620:It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
621:Knowledge is the first obstacle of the mind that a meditator should be able to remove. We should not be too sure of anything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
622:Once you can communicate with yourself, you'll be able to communicate outwardly with more clarity. The way in is the way out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
623:Suffering has many faces. If we discover the roots of one suffering, we are at the same time discovering the roots of others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
624:The roots of a lasting relationship are mindfulness, deep listening and loving speech, and a strong community to support you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
625:This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. This is born, because that is born. This dies, because that dies. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
626:"When we focus our attention in the here and now and live simply, we have more time to do the things we think are important." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
627:You don't have to die to enter nirvana or the Kindgom of God. You only have to dwell deeply in the present moment, right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
628:[A]ll the methods in the search for truth should be looked on as means rather than as ends in themselves or as absolute truth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
629:I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
630:If u are truly present & know how to take care of the present moment as best u can, u R doing ur best 4the future already. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
631:if we are free of the past, free of the future, we can touch the kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, with every step. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
632:"In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
633:Life waits patiently for true heroes. It is dangerous when those aspiring to be heroes cannot wait until they find themselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
634:Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
635:Whenever I feel sad or a little fragile, I invoke their presence (the ancestors) for support, and they never fail to be there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
636:Health is the highest prize. Contentment is the greatest wealth. A loyal friend is the best relative. Nirvana is supreme bliss. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
637:Take time to relax & renew yourself....remind ourselves 2relax & B peaceful smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
638:To be or not to be, that is not a question, because reality transcends both notions of birth and death, of being and non-being. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
639:As long as you find something beautiful, good, and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
640:People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
641:The Earth is not just our environment.We are the Earth and the Earth is us.We have always been one with the Earth ~ Thich Nhat Hanh#EarthDay2018 🌎,
642:"True understanding happens when we dismantle the barrier between the object of understanding and the subject of understanding." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
643:If we are not in control of ourselves but instead let our impatience or anger interfere, then our work is no longer of any value. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
644:In the garbage, I see a rose.
In the rose, I see the garbage. Everything is in transformation. Even permanence is impermanent. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
645:Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
646:People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
647:Reconciliation can also be with your own self. If you don’t reconcile with yourself, happiness with another person is impossible. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
648:The most basic precept of all is to be aware of what we do, what we are, each minute . Every other precept will follow from that. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
649:The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
650:We do not have to look for God, we do not have to look for our ultimate dimension or nirvana, because we are nirvana, we are God. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
651:We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
652:While practicing mindfulness, don't be dominated by the distinction between good and evil, thus creating a battle within oneself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
653:You have to realize that happiness is not something you find at the end of the road. You have to understand that it is here, now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
654:As long as you find something beautiful, good, & true to believe in & abide by, u have the equivalent of God in your life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
655:Nonfear is the basis of true happiness, and if you can offer nonfear to someone, you are giving that person the best kind of gift. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
656:The person who suffers most in this world is the person who has many wrong perceptions, and most of our perceptions are erroneous. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
657:The son needs the father to have access to his source, and the father needs the son to have access to the future and the infinite. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
658:When you touch someone who authentically represents a tradition, you not only touch his or her tradition, you also touch your own. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
659:If you are capable of living deeply one moment in your life, you can learn to live the same way all the other moments of your life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
660:If you can be aware that you have a living body, and notice when there's tension in your body, that's already an important insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
661:Living peacefully and happily is the best way to show our gratitude and is our greatest gift for the world and the next generation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
662:My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
663:The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
664:The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
665:Who are you who has taken my suffering as your suffering, my happiness as your happiness, my life and death as your life and death? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
666:In what spirit is this explanation given? Without being caught up in signs, just according to things as they are, without agitation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
667:"It is very important that we do not try to run away from our painful feelings. We can recognize, accept, embrace, and look deeply." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
668:The Buddha told him, "When we sit, we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat, we know we are eating, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
669:The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives —the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
670:The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
671:Three virtues are required if we are to be true leaders: the virtue of cutting off, the virtue of loving, and the virtue of insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
672:"We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the #Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
673:We transmit our thoughts, speech and actions - collectively known as our karma to our children and to the world, that is our future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
674:Why don't we have people like Thich Nhat Hanh or Marshall Rosenberg and Nelson Mandela solving violent situations in a peaceful way? ~ Sandra Cisneros,
675:With great understanding, we see the way out of our bondage. We discover the lightness and compassion necessary to love someone else ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
676:Discussing God is not the best use of our energy. If we touch the Holy Spirit, we touch God not as a concept but as a living reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
677:Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment. You don't need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
678:Invite your fear into consciousness, and smile through it; every time you smile through your fear, it will lose some of its strength. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
679:Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
680:Every human being wants to love and be loved. This is very natural. But often love, desire, need, and fear get wrapped up all together ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
681:I think what everyone should be doing, before it's too late, is committing themselves to what they really want to do with their lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
682:La práctica de la plena consciencia consiste en volver a conectar profundamente, aquí y ahora, con nosotros mismos y con la vida. Esto ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
683:May we find ways to live more simply in order to have more time and energy to change the system of injustice that exists in the world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
684:The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives -- the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
685:"We should not be afraid of suffering. We should only be afraid of one thing, and that is not knowing how to deal with our suffering." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
686:Before going to sleep at night, . . . take a few minutes to review the day. “Did I live in the direction of my ideals today?” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #Buddhism,
687:Being in touch with oneself is the meaning of meditation, to be aware of what is going on in your body, in your feelings, in your mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
688:Don't chase after your thoughts as a shadow follows its object. Don't run after your thoughts. Find joy and peace in this very moment . ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
689:mindfulness o la plena consciencia puede ayudarte también a establecer, en tu interior, los cimientos de la libertad, la paz y el amor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
690:Her smile was as fresh as a half-opened lotus. Siddhartha bowed and looked into her eyes, saying in a quiet voice, “Thank you, princess. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
691:...if the content of your speech is not authentic, talking or texting on a device doesn't mean you're communicating with another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
692:In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
693:Reconcile with yourself for the sake of the world, for the sake of all living beings. Your peace and serenity are crucial for all of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
694:The fruit of mindfulness practice is the realization that peace and joy are available within us and around us, right here and right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
695:The soil of our mind contains many seeds, positive and negative. We are the gardeners who identify, water, and cultivate the best seeds. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
696:We are imprisoned in our small selves, thinking only of the comfortable conditions for this small self, while we destroy our large self. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
697:When you love someone, you have to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
698:Your partner needs your attention and your watering of his or her positive seeds. Without that attention, your relationship will wither. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
699:Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
700:Everything—including love, hate, and suffering—needs food to continue. If suffering continues, it’s because we keep feeding our suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
701:In Asia, when people kiss each other they use the nose more than the mouth. Using the nose, we can recognize the person; it’s so pleasant. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
702:Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won't have to go around search for it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
703:We absorb and reflect what is around us. If we live in a place where people are angry and violent, then eventually we’ll become like them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
704:We have many kinds of energies in us, including the energies of anger, violence, and craving. But compassion is also a very strong energy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
705:When restless sexual desire arises, we pay attention to it with enough understanding and enough love that it dissipates and does not grow. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
706:Every time we truly stop and look deeply, the result is a better understanding of the true nature of what is there inside us and around us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
707:Giving up wrong deeds, exercise right action. Giving up wrong speech, exercise right speech. Giving up wrong thoughts, think good thoughts. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
708:Jesus said that it is as difficult for a wealthy person to enter the Kingdom of God as it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
709:People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. — THICH NHAT HANH ~ Lissa Rankin,
710:Reconcile with yourself for the sake of the world , for the sake of all living beings . Your peace and serenity are crucial for all of us . ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
711:The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
712:To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
713:‎"We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
714:Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
715:EACH THOUGHT, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
716:May we eat only foods that nourish us and prevent illnes.. May we accept this food for the realization of the way of understanding and love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
717:One of the Buddha’s most widely quoted phrases is attadipa saranam, which means taking refuge (saranam) in the island (dipa) of self (atta). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
718:When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
719:and because there are no more obstacles in their mind, they can overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions, and realize Perfect Nirvāṇa ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
720:As long as we’re rejecting ourselves and causing harm to our bodies and minds, there’s no point in talking about loving and accepting others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
721:“Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926) Vietnamese Buddhist monk, founder of the Plum Village Tradition, Wikipedia,
722:For many people, it [suffering] starts already at a very young age. So what don't schools teach our young people the way to manage suffering? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
723:Goodwill is not enough; we need to learn the art of making others happy. Art is the essence of life, and the substance of art is mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
724:Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
725:We are the continuation of all our ancestors. Thanks to impermanence, we have a chance to transform our inheritance in a beautiful direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
726:When we see that some suffering or some pain is coming up, we don't try to run away from it. In fact, we have to go back and take care of it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
727:"Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
728:Feeling the heat of anger right now, I close my eyes and look into the future. Three hundred years from now, where will you, where will I, be? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
729:If we are aware of our lifestyle, our way of consuming, of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment we are alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
730:If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won't want to let it in. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
731:"...learning how to be right where we are without doing anything is a very important practice, as well as a very challenging one." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #hereandnow,
732:Looking deeply" means observing something or someone with so much concentration that the distinction between observer and observed disappears. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
733:The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
734:The one contains the many and the many contains the one. Without the one, there cannot be the many. Without the many, there cannot be the one. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
735:To fully experience this life as a human being, we all need to connect with our desire to realize something larger than our individual selves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
736:When you hold your cup and drink your tea in mindfulness and concentration, it’s like you’re performing a sacred ritual, and that is a prayer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
737:Work is only a part of life. But work is life only when done in mindfulness. Otherwise, one becomes like the person “who lives as though dead. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
738:He knew that even his own father’s authority was fragile and restricted—a king did not possess true freedom but was imprisoned by his position. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
739:"Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won't have to go around searching for it." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
740:Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Meditation is essential for our survival. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
741:Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
742:Mindfulness is the capacity to shine the light of awareness onto what’s going on here and now. Mindfulness is the heart of meditation practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
743:Place your left hand, palm side up, in your right palm. Let all the muscles in your hands, fingers, arms, and legs relax. Let go of everything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
744:Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
745:A person is not some private entity traveling unaffected through time and space as if sealed off from the rest of the world by some thick shell. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
746:"Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 。,
747:Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment. You don't need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh|happiness,
748:"Mindfulness helps us to not be angry at our loved ones, because when we are mindful, we understand that our loved ones are suffering as well." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh。,
749:The raft is used to cross the river. It isn't to be carried around on your shoulders. The finger which points at the moon isn't the moon itself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
750:We need to not only recognize the suffering, pain, and difficulties within us, we need to devote time to dealing with them and transforming them ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
751:When we cannot communicate, we suffer, and we spill our suffering on to other people. We can find ways to open the doors of communication again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
752:Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers.3 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
753:Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
754:Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
755:It is not words or concepts that are important. What is important is our insight into the nature of reality and our way of responding to reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
756:"Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it. Through mindful living, we learn to nourish our compassionate nature instead." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
757:When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
758:Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
759:If we study it is not to store up knowledge but to deepen our understanding. Our understanding, in turn, can only deepen as we put it into action. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
760:If you truly practice mindfulness, it will never cause harm. If the practice doesn’t bring about more compassion, then it’s not right mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
761:"Most of our suffering arises from our ideas and concepts. If you are able to free yourself from these concepts, anxiety and fear will disappear." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
762:The bad things, don't do them.
The good things, try to do them.
Try to purify, subdue your own mind.
That is the teaching of all buddhas. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
763:True love is made of four elements: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In Sanskrit, these are, maitri, karuna, mudita, and upeksha. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
764:Like the Buddha, we too have come from suchness, remain in suchness, and will return to suchness. We have come from nowhere and have nowhere to go. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
765:The Buddha said that if we know how to look deeply into our suffering and recognize its source of food, we are already on the path of emancipation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
766:the essential discipline of following one’s breath to nourish and maintain calm mindfulness, even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
767:To know the real situation within yourself, you have to know your own territory, including the elements within you that are at war with each other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
768:When an enlightened person appears, the Way echoes like the majestic sound of the rising tide. When the tide rises, all false views are swept away. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
769:When St Francis looked deeply at an all day treatment in winter and asked it to speak to him about God, the tree was instantly covered in blossoms. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
770:Every one of us is trying to find our true home. Some of us are still searching. Our true home is inside, but it’s also in our loved ones around us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
771:Nourish yourself every day with the wonderful things that life has to offer you. Nourish yourself in the present moment. Walk in the kingdom of God. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
772:This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. This is like this, because that is like that.” This is the Buddhist teaching of Genesis. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
773:To be alive is the greatest of all miracles, and you can rejoice in being alive. When you breathe in this way, your breath is a celebration of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
774:We have to look deeply at things in order to see. When a swimmer enjoys the clear water of the river, he or she should also be able to be the river. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
775:What we lack is not an ideology or a doctrine that will save the world. What we lack is mindfulness of what we are, of what our situation really is. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
776:"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh ^,
777:Mindful consumption is the way out of our difficulties, not just our personal difficulties, but also the way out of war, poverty, and climate crisis. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
778:We practice so that each moment of our life becomes real life. And, therefore, when we meditate, we sit for sitting; we don't sit for something else. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
779:Without suffering, we do not have the opportunity to cultivate compassion and understanding; and without understanding, there can be no true love. So ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
780:Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
781:Everyone needs a spiritual dimension in life. Without a spiritual dimension, it’s very challenging to be with the daily difficulties we all encounter. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
782:If we take good care of ourselves, we help everyone. We stop being a source of suffering to the world, and we become a reservoir of joy and freshness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
783:So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
784:The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
785:Violence can never bring about peace and understanding. Only by looking deeply in order to understand the true roots of violence can we achieve peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
786:Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart. I vow to eat, drink, and work in ways that preserve my health and well-being. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
787:Don’t think that without this or that you can’t be happy. Go ahead and try your best to have what you want, but in the meantime you can still be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
788:For our dialogue to be open, we need to open our hearts, set aside our prejudices, listen deeply, and represent truthfully what we know and understand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
789:Let go of the past. Let go of the future. Let go of the present. Proceed to the opposite shore with a free mind, leaving behind all conditioned things. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
790:The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
791:We can only accept teachings that we have put into practice with our own awakened understanding and that we can see with our own experience to be true. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
792:You discover that the main cause of your suffering is the seed of anger in you, because it has been watered too often, by yourself and by other people. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
793:As a free person I can always come and go, Not caught in ideas of is and is not. Not caught in ideas of being and non-being Let your steps be leisurely. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
794:I bowed my heard, and I knew that we have a lot to learn from the leaf because it was not afraid - it knew that nothing can be born and nothing can die. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
795:It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
796:One of the things Thich Nhat Hanh taught me: he says, "When you're in a hurry, go slower." That works every time, unless you're trying to catch a plane. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
797:They criticize the silent ones. They criticize the talkative ones. They criticize the moderate ones. There is no one in the world who escapes criticism. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
798:Where there is anger, apply loving kindness. Where there is evil, offer good. Where there is stinginess, be generous. Where there are lies, be truthful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
799:But the word faith is better translated as “confidence” and “trust,” because it is about something inside you and not directed toward something external. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
800:Handling our suffering is an art. If we know how to suffer, we suffer much less, and we're no longer afraid of being overwhelmed by the suffering inside. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
801:Hell is in us, like a seed. We need to cultivate the positive within us so we can generate the energy of understanding and compassion and transform hell. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
802:If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
803:Nothing can exist by itself alone. It has to depend on every other thing. That is called inter-being. [...] There is no being; there is only inter-being. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
804:The wise do not consider the chains and shackles of jail to be the toughest restraints. The chains of attachment are the strongest of the ties that bind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
805:Thich Nhat Hanh has the ability to bring forth the state of peace that we each inherently posses merely by his presence in a room-this is divine power. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
806:Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the greatest teachers of our time. He reaches from the heights of insight down to the deepest places of the absolutely ordinary. ~ Robert Thurman,
807:We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
808:When we feed and support our own happiness, we are nourishing our ability to love. That’s why to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
809:Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
810:No argument, no reasoning, no blame, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
811:That is why I don't believe much in what Mr. Descartes said: "I think, therefore I am."

I think, therefore I'm lost in my thinking. I'm not there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
812:"The conditions for our happiness are already sufficient. We only need to allow ourselves to be in the present moment, and we will be able to touch them." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
813:To me, the relationship between a teacher and a student is based on on the trust that the teacher has practiced and continues ti practice what he teachers ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
814:If you walk with true awareness of every step, without having a goal to get anywhere, happiness will arise naturally. You don’t need to look for happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
815:Imagine yourself as a pebble which has been thrown into a river. The pebble sinks through the water effortlessly. Detached from everything, it falls by the ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
816:There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. There is no way to peace, peace is the way. There is no way to enlightenment, enlightenment is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
817:We can condition our bodies and minds to happiness with the five practices of letting go, inviting positive seeds, mindfulness, concentration, and insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
818:Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
819:Practicing mindfulness enables us to become a real person. When we are a real person, we see real people around us, and life is present in all its richness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
820:Suppose a friend who has come a long way to visit is having a cup of tea with us. Mindfulness helps the time we spend with her to be a time we won’t forget. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
821:Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
822:If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
823:In this world, few people look with the eyes of compassion, and so we are cruel and merciless toward each other. The weak are always oppressed by the strong. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
824:Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
825:nature is truly the nature of no-birth, no-death. There is manifestation, and there is the cessation of manifestation in order to have another manifestation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
826:Sometimes we don’t want to move, speak, or act like that. But something deep inside us pushes us to speak and act in that way. Afterward, we feel so ashamed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
827:There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes to wash the dishes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
828:The same is true when you drink a cup of tea: if you’re concentrated and you focus your attention on the cup of tea, then the cup of tea becomes a great joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
829:If after reading the newspaper, hearing the news, or being in a conversation, we feel anxious or worn out, we know we have been in contact with toxins. Movies ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
830:People were entrapped not only by illness and unjust social conditions, but by the sorrows and passions they themselves created in their own hearts and minds. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
831:the concentrations on emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness. They are known as the Three Doors of Liberation and are available in every school of Buddhism. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
832:The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
833:We have to believe that by engaging in dialogue with the other person, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
834:When you turn on the television, it may not be because there’s a fascinating program you want to see; it’s because you’re afraid of being alone with yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
835:failures are not your own self. See to it that you are free from them. Only when you can relinquish them can you really be free and no longer assailed by them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
836:If I don't understand you, I may be angry at you, all the time. We are not capable of understanding each other, and that is the main source of human suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
837:Saint Macarius said, “It is not necessary to use many words. Only stretch out your arms and say, ‘Lord, have pity on me as you desire and as you well know how. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
838:The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. —THICH NHAT HANH ~ Timothy Ferriss,
839:There is no distinction between means and ends. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. There is no way to enlightenment, enlightenment is the way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
840:Time passes quickly, Great King. If I don’t use the strength and energy I now possess as a young man, old age will arrive too soon and I will feel deep regret. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
841:To be a friend means to offer happiness. If love doesn’t offer happiness, if it makes the other person cry all the time, then it’s not love; it’s the opposite. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
842:When you listen deeply to someone who suffers, you step into a zone of fire. There is a fire of suffering, of anger burning in the person you are listening to. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
843:Zen Master Doc The says that when sitting in meditation, one should sit upright, giving birth to this thought, “Sitting here is like sitting on the Bodhi spot. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
844:be there is the first step, and recognizing the presence of the other is the second step. To love is to recognize; to be loved is to be recognized by the other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
845:If you wish to have children, please do something for the world you will bring them into. That will make you someone who works for peace, in one way or another. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
846:Learn to look at your body as a river in which every cell is a drop of water. In every moment, cells are born and cells die. Birth and death support each other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
847:Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
848:Start where you are. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
849:"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that's available now." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
850:the purpose of a rose is to be a rose. Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
851:Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us, And if we dig deeply in the present moment, The water will spring forth ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
852:Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
853:Start where you are. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
854:Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
855:All phenomena are impermanent.
They are subject to birth and death.
When the notions of birth and death
are removed,
this silence is called great joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
856:Life is illuminated by right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
857:When the Buddha gave a talk to a large gathering of businessmen, the core of his message to them was, “It is possible to live happily right in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
858:When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
859:When we walk with solidity and freedom, and when mindfulness of our breathing brings us solidity, freedom, peace, and joy, then the Pure Land is there right away. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
860:With concentration on nonself—the reality that we do not have a separate self—we become aware that suffering is there not only in us but also in the other person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
861:Breathing in, I am aware of my heart.
Breathing out, I smile to my heart.
I vow to eat, drink, and work in ways
that preserve my health and well-being. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
862:Compassion is born from understanding suffering. We all should learn to embrace our own suffering, to listen to it deeply, and to have a deep look into its nature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
863:If you can recognize and accept your pain without running away from it, you will discover that although pain is there, joy can also be there at the same time. Some ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
864:If you have enough spiritual strength, you will give birth to a spiritual child, and through your life and practice, you continue giving birth, even after you die. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
865:No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
866:The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
867:There is a film, an image stored in your consciousness. Every time your mind goes back to the past and you look at that image or watch that film, you suffer again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
868:Thich Nhat Hanh has a very nice way of putting it: wilting flowers do not cause suffering; it is the unrealistic desire that flowers not wilt that causes suffering. ~ Chade Meng Tan,
869:we practice the Five Contemplations before eating. The second Contemplation is, “May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
870:If one of you finds out the cause, that person should communicate right away and apologize for being unskillful so that the other person doesn’t continue to suffer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
871:I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight... I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
872:The future is made up of only one substance and that is the present moment. By taking care of the present, you are doing everything you can to assure a good future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
873:The object of your practice should first of all be yourself. Your love for the other, your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
874:There is no single entity whose identity is changeless. All things are constantly changing. Nothing endures forever or contains a changeless element called a "self. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
875:Understanding and love aren’t two things. When you understand you can’t help but love. And when you love, you act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
876:We are aware that blaming and arguing can never help us and only create a wider gap between us; that only understanding, trust, and love can help us change and grow ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
877:We must lead all beings to the shore of awakening, but, after these beings have become liberated, we do not, in truth, think that a single being has been liberated. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
878:But a lot of our thinking is caught up in dwelling on the past, trying to control the future, generating misperceptions, and worrying about what others are thinking. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
879:Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
880:Effortlessness is the key to success. Don’t fight. Don’t try hard. Just allow yourself to sit. This relaxing way of sitting is also resting. Allow your body to rest. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
881:El quinto recuerdo nos indica que lo único que sigue con nosotros al morir son nuestros pensamientos, nuestras palabras y nuestras acciones, es decir, nuestro karma. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
882:If you have a gun, you can shoot one, two, three, five people; but if you have an ideology and stick to it, thinking it is the absolute truth, you can kill millions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
883:In everyone there’s a continuous desire and expectation; deep inside, you still expect something better to happen. That is why you check your email many times a day! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
884:I will practice coming back to the present moment...not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out... ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
885:Một khi đã có hiểu biết, ta có thể thương yêu và tha thứ. Cuộc đời sẽ bớt khổ rất nhiều khi ta có hiểu biết. Nếu không hiểu biết, ta không thể thương yêu và tha thứ. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
886:A meditation center, for example, is only a form. In our daily life we need forms, but we do not need to cling to them. We can study and practice meditation anywhere. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
887:If you have the impression that you know the other person inside and out, you are wrong. Are you sure that you even know yourself? Every person is a world to explore. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
888:"The future is made up of only one substance and that is the present moment. By taking care of the present, you are doing everything you can to assure a good future." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
889:Time has much more value than money. Time is life. Money is nothing compared with life. In two hours of drinking tea together, we don’t get money, but we do get life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
890:When we observe or listen to other people, we often don’t see them clearly or really hear what they’re saying. We see and hear our projections and prejudices instead. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
891:When you have trouble sleeping, follow your breathing in and breathing out. Bring your awareness to the different parts of your body in turn, and allow them to relax. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
892:Don’t run away from things that are unpleasant in order to embrace things that are pleasant. Put your hands in the earth. Face the difficulties and grow new happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
893:Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else.
The well is within us, And if we dig deeply in the present moment,
The water will spring forth ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
894:First of all, you need to know that an emotion is only that—an emotion—even though it may be a big, strong one. You are so much bigger, so much more than this emotion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
895:In the dimension of space and time,
We chew as rhythmically as we breathe.
Maintaining the lives of all our ancestors,
Opening an upward path for descendants. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
896:We have an idea of happiness. We believe that only certain conditions will make us happy. But it is often our very idea of happiness that prevents us from being happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
897:When something is pleasant, lovely, and appealing, we’re caught by it. But appealing appearances are deceptive. We get hooked by them and once we’re caught, we suffer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
898:"Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means they are both transitory; they are always changing. The flower, when it wilts, becomes the compost." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
899:I'm learning a lot by reading teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron. They teach me because I feel like I have a responsibility to the communities that I speak to. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
900:"The Buddha said, 'Life is accessible only in the present moment.' Life with all its wonders is accessible right now. So we train in coming back to the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
901:The Three Kinds of Pride are: (1) thinking I am better than the other(s); (2) thinking I am worse than the other(s); and (3) thinking I am just as good as the other(s). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
902:The truth is the truth, whether or not it is accepted by the majority. Therefore, I tell you children, it takes great courage to stand up for and protect what is right. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
903:The gift of truth is the highest gift. The taste of truth is the sweetest taste. The joy of truth is the greatest joy. The extinction of craving is the end of suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
904:We may think that if we ignore our fears, they’ll go away. But if we bury worries and anxieties in our consciousness, they continue to affect us and bring us more sorrow ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
905:When conditions are sufficient things manifest. When conditions are no longer sufficient things withdraw. They wait until the moment is right for them to manifest again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
906:You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
907:There is no birth and death; everything dies and renews itself all the time. When you get that kind of insight, you no longer tire yourself out with anxiety and aversion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
908:We are related to each other. By taking care of you, I take care of myself. By taking care of myself, I take care of you. Happiness and safety are not individual matters. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
909:We need to stop and ask, “Can I realize my deepest aspiration if I pursue this path?” “What is really preventing me from taking the path I most deeply desire?” DEVELOPING ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
910:Whoever moves from carelessness to vigilance, whoever overcomes his unwholesome deeds with wholesome actions, lights up the world, like the moon that merges from a cloud. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
911:Con người sinh ra không có giai cấp. Nước mắt của người nào cũng mặn, máu của người nào cũng đỏ. Chia người ra thành giai cấp để mà kỳ thị lẫn nhau đó là một điều sai lầm. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
912:Don’t chew your worries, your fear, or your anger. If you chew your planning and your anxiety, it’s difficult to feel grateful for each piece of food. Just chew your food. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
913:we must speak carefully so that we and our listeners do not get stuck in words or concepts. It is our duty to transcend words and concepts to be able to encounter reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
914:"Mindfulness is the kind of light that shows us the way. It is the living Buddha inside of each of us. Mindfulness gives birth to insight, awakening, compassion, and love." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
915:The French have a song they like to sing, “Qu’est-ce qu’on attend pour être heureux?” (What are you waiting for in order to be happy?) You can be happy right here and right ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
916:Those who fail to distinguish the nonessential from the essential and the essential from the nonessential will, in feeding all wrong thoughts, fail to attain the essential. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
917:When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
918:When we’re able to love our enemy, that person is no longer our enemy. The idea of “enemy” vanishes and is replaced by the person who is suffering and needs our compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
919:If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
920:The third element of love is mudita, joy. True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
921:What is the purpose of eating a tangerine? It is to eat the tanger­ine. During the time you eat a tangerine, eating that tanger­ine is the most important thing in your life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
922:When you prepare a meal with artful awareness, it’s delicious and healthy. You have put your mindfulness, love, and care into the meal, then people will be eating your love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
923:A true bodhisattva is one who sees no demarcations between organic and non-organic, self and non-self, living beings and non-living beings, bodhisattvas and non-bodhisattvas. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
924:"In aimlessness, we see that we do not lack anything, that we already are what we want to become, and our striving just comes to a halt. ... Aimlessness and nirvana are one." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
925:We should treat our anxiety, our pain, our hatred and passion gently, respectfully, not resisting it, but living with it, making peace with it, penetrating into its nature by ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
926:When we have hatred and anger in ourselves, they rebound to all quarters. When we have peace and joy in ourselves, our peace and joy will radiate throughout the whole cosmos. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
927:When you feel tired or irritated, you can lie down with your arms at your sides, allowing all your muscles to relax, maintaining awareness of just your breath and your smile. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
928:ALTHOUGH I DON'T PROFESS TO BE NORMAL, I AM HUMAN AS ARE ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE I WORK WITH, AND SOMETIMES EVEN I FORGET THAT."
-Violent Crimes Investigator Flagstaff Arizona ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
929:If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
930:If you want to heal your loneliness, you first have to learn how to heal yourself, be there for yourself, and cultivate your own garden of love, acceptance, and understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
931:In a relationship, we are nourishment for each other. So we have to select the kind of food we offer the other person, the kind of food that can help our relationships thrive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
932:it is always possible to practice “I have arrived, I am home.” I have run all my life; I am not going to run anymore; now I am determined to stop and really live my life. When ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
933:Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” —THICH NHAT HANH ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
934:The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a world that honors the servant, but has forgotten the gift. —ALBERT EINSTEIN ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
935:To take hold of your mind, you must practice mindfulness of the mind. You must know how to observe and recognize the presence of every feeling and thought which arises in you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
936:Emotions are but one category of the many different mental formations we can have. They come, they stay for a while, and then they go. Why should we have to die for an emotion? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
937:Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
938:Some people are consumed with thoughts and memories from their past. Their mourning, regretting, rehashing, and begrudging doom them to life imprisonment in their painful past. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
939:We are life without limit. We are not caught in birth, we are not caught in death, we are not caught in being, and we are not caught in non-being. This is the truth of reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
940:Whether we are in the city, the countryside, or the wilderness, we need to sustain ourselves by choosing our surroundings carefully and nourishing our awareness in each moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
941:The ability to apologize sincerely and express regret for the unskillful things we say or do is an art. A true apology can relieve a great deal of suffering in the other person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
942:A successful relationship depends on us recognising our own painful feelings and emotions inside—not fighting them, but accepting, embracing, and transforming them to get relief. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
943:Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leave, the black, curious eyes of a child- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
944:If we practice for five or ten minutes every day, we’ll naturally remember how to practice when we most need it, and we can survive the onslaught of a strong emotion very easily. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
945:Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word "art". If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don't have to talk about it at all. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
946:"The contemplation on nonattainment is very important. The object we wish to attain is already attained. We don't need to attain anything. We already have it. We already are it." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
947:The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
948:A bodhisattva doesn't have to be perfect. Anyone who is aware of what is happening and who tries to wake up other people is a bodhisattva. We are all bodhisattvas, doing our best. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
949:Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
950:Whatever the tasks, do them slowly and with ease, in mindfulness. Don't do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
951:When you hold a child in your arms, or hug your mother, or your husband, or your friend, if you breathe in and out three times, your happiness will be multiplied at least tenfold. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
952:Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
953:Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
954:I come here empty-handed, and I go empty-handed. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
955:Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment. It’s the capacity to recognize clearly that every moment is a gift of life, a gift from the Earth and sky. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
956:This is why, to be happy [...] we need to take some time each day to sit down, look into ourselves, and identify the kind of energy that’s motivating us and where it is pushing us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
957:Và bởi vì hoàn cảnh bao giờ cũng mang tính cách cộng đồng, chúng ta biết rằng chính con người đã tạo nên hoàn cảnh của mình và chỉ có con người mới đủ sức chuyển tạo được hoàn cảnh ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
958:While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
959:Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
960:If we can’t let go, we will suffer not only on the day when we’re finally forced to do so, but right now today and every day in between, because fear will be constantly stalking us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
961:Lev dig in i tanken att du finns i universum och att universum finns i dig. Om universum finns, finns du. Om du finns, finns universum. Det finns ingen födelse. Det finns ingen död. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
962:When we’re having a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. Yet when we don’t have a toothache, we’re still not happy. A non-toothache is very pleasant. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
963:Clinging to what is dear brings sorrow and fear. Sorrow and fear spring from affection; from indulgence in sensual pleasures; from preoccupation with lustful pleasures; from craving. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
964:In a place where there is something that can be distinguished by signs, in that place there is deception. If you can see the signless nature of signs, then you can see the Tathagata. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
965:Knowing how to handle suffering, you know at the same time how to produce happiness. And if you’re truly happy, we all profit from your happiness. We need happy people in this world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
966:spend time with your food; every minute of your meal should be happy. Not many people have the time and the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a meal like that. We are very fortunate. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
967:The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
968:To make hell into paradise, we only need to change the mind on which it is based.
[...] With your deluded mind, you make hell for yourself. With your true mind, you make paradise. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
969:Mindfulness makes you and the other person happy and free. The other person may be caught in her worries, anger, and forgetfulness, but with mindfulness you can save her and yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
970:Once we recognize that all things are impermanent, we have no problem enjoying them. In fact, real peace and joy are only possible when we see clearly into the nature of impermanence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
971:The Buddha taught that when we call up and get in touch with the truth that we cannot escape old age and death, our fear—and the foolish things we do to try not to feel it—will cease. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
972:There are those who say that in their heaven there is no suffering. But if there is no suffering, how can there be happiness? We need compost to grow flowers, and mud to grow lotuses. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
973:The way to suffer well and be happy is to stay in touch with what is actually going on; in doing so, you will gain liberating insights into the true nature of suffering and of joy. NO ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
974:You are doing your best in order to embrace it, and so you no longer consider your partner as an enemy to be punished. You see him or her as an ally who is still there to support you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
975:If we can heal our wounded child, we will not only liberate ourselves, but we will also help liberate whoever has hurt or abused us. The abuser may also have been the victimg of abuse. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
976:Once we recognize that all things are impermanent, we have no problem enjoying them. In fact, real peace and joy are only possible when we see clearly into the nature of impermanence.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
977:The wave can live the life of a wave, but it can also do better. It can live every moment of its life deeply touching its nature of no-birth and no-death, that is, its nature as water. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
978:Anyone can practice some nonviolence, even soldiers. Some army generals, for example, conduct their operations in ways that avoid killing innocent people; this is a kind of nonviolence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
979:Breathing in, I know I have an unpleasant feeling. Breathing out, I am here for this unpleasant feeling. Breathing in, I calm the feeling in me. Breathing out, I calm the feeling in me. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
980:It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
981:Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
982:So spend time with your food; every minute of your meal should be happy. Not many people have the time and the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a meal like that. We are very fortunate. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
983:Waking up this morning I smile.        Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me.        I vow to live them deeply and learn to look at everything around me with the eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
984:Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your perceptions need you, your feeling needs you. The wounded child in you needs you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
985:Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. All of us have the capacity of transforming neutral feelings into pleasant feelings, very pleasant feelings that can last a long time. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
986:The good certainly cling to nothing. They do not talk aimlessly, concerned with personal gains. The wise, whether experiencing comfort or discomfort, show neither elation not depression. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
987:You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
988:Anapana means breath and sati means mindfulness. Tang Hoi translated it as “Guarding the Mind.” The Anapanasati Sutra, that is, is the sutra on using one’s breath to maintain mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
989:even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy. We fear that this moment will end, that we won’t get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
990:If we practice stopping while attending to e-mails, surfing the Web, attending meetings or appointments, folding the laundry, washing the dishes, or taking a shower, we are living deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
991:In the West, we are very goal oriented. We know where we want to go, and we are very directed in getting there. This may be useful, but often we forget to enjoy ourselves along the route. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
992:The Buddha said, "My teachings are a finger pointing to the moon. Do not get caught in thinking that the finger is the moon. It is because of the finger that you can see the moon.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh|Buddha,
993:When we practice in a community, there are more people to support us but also more opportunities for frustration and anger. Loving speech and deep listening are key to community building. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
994:By oneself is evil done, by oneself is one made impure. By oneself is evil undone, by oneself is one made pure. Each one is responsible for purity and impurity. No one can cleanse another. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
995:Mindfulness isn’t something we practice only in the meditation hall; we also practice in the kitchen, in the garden, or when we’re on the telephone, driving the car, or washing the dishes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
996:"Please, when you practice meditation, don't make any effort. Allow yourself to be like a pebble at rest... While you are walking, you are resting. While you are sitting, you are resting." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
997:Precepts in Buddhism and commandments in Judiasm and Christianity are important jewels that we need to study and practice. They provide guidelines that can help us transform our suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
998:Với một miếng gỗ mềm và ướt thì ta không thể nào cọ xát làm cho lửa phát sinh được. Thân thể ta cũng vậy, nếu thân thể ta còn bị vật dục khống chế thì tâm ta khó có thể đạt tới giải thoát. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
999:If you and your partner both have a deep aspiration, then not only will you support each other’s happiness, you will bring more happiness to the world in ways that you, by yourself, cannot. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1000:If you are lost in a forest at night, you can follow the North Star to find your way out. You follow the North Star, but your goal is to get back home; it’s not to arrive at the North Star. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1001:If you learn to practice love, compassion, joy, and equanimity, you will know how to heal the illnesses of anger, sorrow, insecurity, sadness, hatred, loneliness, and unhealthy attachments. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1002:"In Buddhism we cultivate aimlessness, and in fact in Buddhist tradition the ideal person, an arhat or a bodhisattva, is a businessless person—someone with nowhere to go and nothing to do." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1003:Mindfulness is the opposite of this tendency. We must invite these things up into our mind consciousness every day and tell them, “My dear, I’m not afraid of you. I’m not afraid of my fear. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1004:The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1005:The more you understand , the more you love ; the more you love , the more you understand . They are two sides of one reality . The mind of love and the mind of understanding are the same . ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1006:True love includes a sense of responsibility and accepting the other person as she is, with all her strengths and weaknesses. If you only like the best things in a person, that is not love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1007:"Don't underestimate yourself. You have the ability to wake up. You have the ability to be compassionate. You just need a little bit of practice to be able to touch the best that is in you." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1008:Happiness is possible only when you stop running and cherish the present moment and who you are. Who you are is already a wonder; you don’t need to be someone else. You are a wonder of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1009:So many individuals, children, couples, and families have been destroyed by sexual misconduct. To practice the Third Precept is to heal ourselves and heal our society. This is mindful living. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1010:The Buddha once told the monastics to look up at the sky at night to see the moon, and he asked them whether they saw how great the moon’s happiness was as it traveled in the vast open space. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1011:If you nourish your hatred and your anger, you burn yourself. Understanding is the only way out. If you understand, you will suffer less, and you will know how to get to the root of injustice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1012:Even with a lot of goodwill, we can still make the other person very unhappy. Mindfulness is the paintbrush in the art of happiness. When we are mindful, we are more artful and happiness blooms ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1013:If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. It’s so clear. Mindfulness is the energy and practice that helps you go back to the here and now so that you encounter life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1014:I stopped committing acts that cause suffering to other living beings. All living beings want to live. All fear death. We must nurture a heart of compassion and protect the lives of all beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1015:We are too undemanding, too ready to watch whatever is on the screen, too lonely, lazy, or bored to create our own lives. We turn on the TV and leave it on, allowing someone else to guide us[.] ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1016:You guys get up too early for one thing, you should get up a little later. And your practice is too grim. I have just two instructions for you this week. One is to breathe, and one is to smile. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1017:You think that you’re safe when carrying your phone. But the truth is that mindfulness will do much more than a phone to protect you, to help you suffer less, and to improve your communication. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1018:A human being is like a television set with millions of channels.... We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1019:Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1020:When we're inspired by the desire to practice and transform our suffering, the mind of the moment is very beautiful. Sometimes we call it the mind of love. It's because of love that we practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1021:As a culture, we place great stock in external appearance. Our attachment to physical beauty is something that we need to let go of, yet it seems that the majority of people are racing toward it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1022:Compassion doesn’t mean that you have to love that person who’s so difficult. But if you stop and look deeper, you’ll see that person’s difficulties. If you can accept him, then you can love him. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1023:“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos ~ the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #health #wellness #wellbeing #gratitude oftheday #mindfulness #NaturePhotography,
1024:The needs of our personal life are not separate from those of ourwork life. Our inability to be mindful and bring our full attention to what we are doing has both personal and professional costs. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1025:“If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926) Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition, Wikipedia,
1026:"We may think that true insight is complex and requires many words to explain, but the reverse is closer to the truth: the simple statements are often the most profound." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh (From preface) for SIMPLE,
1027:When you work with your computer for three or four hours, you are totally lost. It’s like eating french fries. You shouldn’t eat french fries all day, and you shouldn’t be on the computer all day. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1028:Some people think that in order to be happy they must avoid all suffering, and so they are constantly vigilant, constantly worrying. They end up sacrificing all their spontaneity, freedom, and joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1029:When we see the nature of interbeing, barriers between ourselves and others are dissolved, and peace, love, and understanding are possible. Whenever there is understanding, compassion is born. Just ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1030:When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1031:Do not lose yourself in the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. Do not get caught in your anger, worries, or fears. Come back to the present moment, and touch life deeply. This is mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1032:If you have mindfulness, if you feel safe, you recognize that you have plenty of conditions to be happy already, and that you don't need to run into the future in order to get a few more conditions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1033:We are all connected. When you touch one thing, you are touching everything. Whatever we do has an effect on others. Therefore, we must learn to live mindfully to touch the peace inside each of us.^ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1034:"You do not have to abandon this world. You do not have to go to heaven or wait for the future to take refuge. You can take refuge here and now. You only need to dwell deeply in the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1035:Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1036:If someone were to ask, “What’s the purpose of walking meditation? What’s the point? Why do you practice it?” There are several answers we can give. But for me the best answer is, “Because I like it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1037:Imagine one atom of that speck of dust, with electrons traveling around its nucleus at 180,000 miles per second. It is very exciting. To return to a speck of dust with be quite an exciting adventure! ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1038:They persistently refused to support either armed party and believed that both sides were but the reflection of one reality, and the true enemies were not people, but ideology, hatred, and ignorance. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1039:When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1040:You have feet, and if you don’t make use of them it’s a loss and a waste. Someone is telling you now so that in the future you cannot say: “No one told me that it was important to enjoy using my feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1041:A wave has a right to live her life as a wave, but she must also learn to live her life as water because she is not only a wave. She is also water. And water lives without the fear carried by the wave. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1042:he whispered in the king’s ear, “If you ask me, I think you should find a wife for Siddhartha. Once he has a family to occupy him, he will abandon this desire to become a monk.” King Suddhodana nodded. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1043:"The Buddha said to consider his teaching to be a raft helping you to the other shore. What you need is a raft to cross the river in order to go to the other shore. You don't need a raft to worship..." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1044:"We should not let the projections of the past or the future break us down. They're just ghosts. That's why we train ourselves to always be in the present moment. That's our practice. That's our path." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1045:When you see the suffering inside yourself, you can see the suffering in the other person, and you can see your part, your responsibility, in creating the suffering in yourself and in the other person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1046:Birinin sarf ettiği sözlerden dolayı acı çekeriz ve hançerlenmiş gibi hissederiz. Ve kendi düşüncelerimiz de bizi her gün yüzlerce kez hançerler.
Yine de çektiğimiz acı, sadece bizim acımız değildir. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1047:When conditions are sufficient, we manifest. When conditions are no longer sufficient, we no longer manifest. It does not mean that we do not exist. Like radio waves without a radio, we do not manifest. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1048:Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful...How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural--you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1049:Just as a flower is made only of non-flower elements, Buddhism is made only of non-Buddhist elements, including Christian ones, and Christianity is made of non-Christian elements, including Buddhist ones. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1050:To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1051:We can’t allow ourselves to get lost in the past or the future. We are there for the food and our food is there for us; it is only fair. Eat in mindfulness and you will be worthy of the Earth and the sky. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1052:Death is essential to making life possible. Death is transformation. Death is continuation. When we die, something else is born, even if it takes time to reveal itself or for us to be able to recognize it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1053:It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1054:Mind is the forerunner of all actions. All deeds are led by mind, created by mind. If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind, suffering follows. If one speaks or acts with a serene mind, happiness follows. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1055:Western civilization places so much emphasis on the idea of hope that we sacrifice the present moment. Hope is for the future. It cannot help us discover joy, peace, or enlightenment in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1056:Without suffering, there's no happiness. So we shouldn't discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1057:Because God the Sonnets is made of the energy of the Holy Spirit, He is the door for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven...The Buddha is also described as a door, a teacher, who shows us the way in this life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1058:With nonattachment, we see both being and nonbeing as creations of our mind, and we ride the wave of birth and death. We don't mind birth. We don't mind death. [...] Reality transcends both birth and death. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1059:Because they have learned not to get caught in notions or representations, they do not speak as though they alone hold the truth, and they do not think that those in other traditions are going the wrong way. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1060:Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. Breathe ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1061:Fear gives life to anger. You don’t have peace when fear is there, so it becomes the soil on which anger can grow. Fear is based on ignorance, and this lack of understanding is also a primary cause of anger. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1062:The habits of drinking alcohol or getting angry are also you, and therefore you must treat them with great tenderness and nonviolence. The essential point is not to create conflict, a fight, within yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1063:They did not know that when the mind divides reality up, when it judges and discriminates, it kills paradise. Please do not scold the sunlight. Do not chastise the clear stream or the little birds of spring. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1064:for the sharing to be useful and good, you have to be prepared to say something like, “I have made mistakes. I have thought, spoken, and acted in ways that have harmed our happiness and damaged our connection. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1065:Stress accumulates in our body. The way we eat, drink, and live takes its toll on our well-being. Lying down and bringing gentle awareness to our breath, we can realize rest and recovery for our physical body. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1066:Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It`s you who makes the moment happy, not the moment that makes you happy. With mindfulness, concentration, and insight, any moment can become a happy moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1067:Attachment to the false view of self means belief in the presence of unchanging entities which exist on their own. To break through this false view is to be liberated from every sort of fear, pain, and anxiety. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1068:Control the senses, practice equanimity. Live by disciplinary rules. Associate with good friends who are not lazy and live purely. Be courteous and well-mannered, and thus, full of joy. Put an end to suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1069:Our feelings are formations, impermanent and without substance. We learn not to identify with ourselves with our feelings, not to consider them as a self, not to seek refuge in them, not to die because of them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1070:The next morning . . . resolve to take . . . steps in the direction of your ideals. Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look to yourself to see whether you are going in the direction you cherish. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh #Buddhism,
1071:We will not just say, "I love him very much," but instead, "I will do something so that he will suffer less." The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1072:(from now on I’ll use the term “mindfulness” to refer to keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality), then one must practice right now in one’s daily life, not only during meditation sessions. When ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1073:Using your intelligence and your compassion, you’ll be able to find your way out of any difficulty that arises in daily life. This gives you greater confidence in your own capability, making you even more solid. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1074:Whenever you find yourself judging your partner, go back to your in-breath and out-breath, and ask, How can I see this differently? Can I look more deeply to better understand her suffering and her difficulties? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1075:Be a friend to yourself. If you are a true friend to yourself, you can be a true friend to a loved one. A romantic crush is short-lived, but friendship and loving kindness can last very long and continue to grow. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1076:Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1077:We have to learn to build safety with our in-breath and our out-breath. We have to learn to build safety with our steps, with our way of acting and reacting, with our words and our efforts to build communication. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1078:You cannot reach lofty heights in art if you do not first discover the unsurpassable beauty in your own heart. If you would like to play the flute truly well, you must find your true self on the Path of Awakening ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1079:A guided meditation is an opportunity to look deeply into the mind, to sow wholesome seeds there, and to strengthen and cultivate those seeds so that they may become the means for transforming the suffering in us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1080:My path is the path of stopping, the path of enjoying the present moment. It is a path where every step brings me back to my true home. It is a path that leads nowhere. I am on my way home. I arrive at every step. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1081:Vegetarians and vegans tend to weigh less and have lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, and, in turn, a lowered risk of heart disease than people whose diets include some or all types of animal products; ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1082:When we say something that nourishes us and uplifts the people around us, we are feeding love and compassion. When we speak and act in a way that causes tension and anger, we are nourishing violence and suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1083:He realized that body and mind formed one reality which could not be separated. The peace and comfort of the body were directly related to the peace and comfort of the mind. To abuse the body was to abuse the mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1084:If we’re not mindful, it’s not tea that we’re drinking but our own illusions and afflictions. If the tea becomes real, we become real. When we are able to truly meet the tea, at that very moment we are truly alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1085:Love is a living, breathing thing. There is no need to force it to grow in a particular direction. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, we will find it is just there inside of us, solid and healing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1086:When your loved one is suffering, your impulse may be to want to do something to fix it, but you don’t need to do much. You just need to be there for him or her. That is true love. True love is made of mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1087:Con el uso hábil del concepto de vacuidad, podemos obtener la visión profunda de ella. Cuando el fuego se manifieste, consumirá la cerilla; cuando la visión profunda se manifieste, destruirá el concepto de vacuidad. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1088:I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. ... Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1089:Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1090:I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1091:"Mindfulness practice is not an evasion or an escape. It means entering vigorously into life — with the strength generated by the energy of mindfulness. Without this freedom and concentration, there is no happiness." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1092:When we cannot handle our suffering, we spew forth our frustration and pain onto those around us. We are victims of our own suffering, but because we do not know how to handle it, we hurt others while we are in pain. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1093:If you cannot be compassionate to yourself, you will not be able to be compassionate to others. When we get angry, we have to produce awareness: “I am angry. Anger is in me. I am anger.” That is the first thing to do. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1094:Sitting meditation is a way to practice letting go of the things we carry needlessly. These things are nothing but obstacles to our happiness. Ease in our sitting and ease in our breathing nourishes the body and mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1095:We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1096:You can arrange your schedule so you have enough time to eat. The place and teh food should be appropriate. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1097:Contemplating a beautiful sunrise, you’re not distracted by thinking about the past or the future. The more concentrated you become, the more you see the beauty all around you. So concentration is a source of happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1098:Reconciliation means to work it out within yourself so that peace can be restored. Reconcile with yourself for the sake of the world, for the sake of all living beings. Your peace and serenity are crucial for all of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1099:Suffering is not objective. It depends largely on
the way you perceive. There are things that cause
you to suffer but do not cause others to suffer. There are things that bring you joy but do not bring others joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1100:We are all connected. When you touch one thing, you are touching everything. Whatever we do has an effect on others. Therefore, we must learn to live mindfully to touch the peace inside each of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Qt/Via @ZenEssentials,
1101:We can also explore four additional concentrations on impermanence, non-craving, letting go, and nirvana. These four practices are found in Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing, a wonderful text from early Buddhism. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1102:Whenever we have fifteen free minutes, an hour or two, we have the habit of using our computers or cell phones, music, or conversations to forget and to run away from the reality of the elements that make up our beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1103:"With looking deeply and the practice of compassionate dialogue, we can transform misperceptions and anger into understanding and love, just as a gardener can transform compost to grow beautiful flowers and vegetables." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1104:"All the wonders of life are available in the present moment—the sunshine, the fresh air, the trees, the multitude of colors and forms all around us. The essential thing is to be aware. If we open our eyes, we will see." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1105:I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1106:In a family, if there is one person who practices mindfulness, the entire family will be more mindful. Because of the presence of one member who lives in mindfulness, the entire family is reminded to live in mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1107:Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. Don’t be attached to the future. Don’t worry about things you have to do. Don’t think about getting up or taking off to do anything. Don’t think about “departing". ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1108:When we pay attention to our breathing, our in-breath and out-breath become peaceful and relaxed. When we walk with attention and we just walk without thinking or being carried away by anything, we already begin to heal. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1109:Con người sở dĩ lặn hụp trong khổ đau là vì nhận thức sai lầm của mình: vô thường thì cho là thường, vô ngã thì cho là ngã, không sinh diệt thì cho là có sinh diệt, cùng chung một tự tính mà lại cho là riêng lẻ tách biệt. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1110:I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves. The ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1111:In the Buddhist tradition, we speak of the oneness of the body and mind. Whate very happens to the body also happens to the mind....This is a very important encounter (engaging in sex) , not to be done in a casual manner. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1112:The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1113:To bring happiness to others, we must be happiness. And this is why we always train ourselves to first take care of our own bodies and minds. Only when we are solid can we be our best and take good care of our loved ones. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1114:What is love? Love is treating your heart with a great deal of tenderness, with understanding, love, and compassion. If you cannot treat your own heart this way, how can you treat your partner with understanding and love? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1115:"Nature and humans are not separate. When you go home to nature, you go home to yourself, to your own body, mind and heart. You re-establish a connection that was lost and this has a great power to heal. Go home and heal." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1116:When we can see the non-rose elements when looking at a rose, it is safe for us to use the word "rose." When we look at A and see that A is not A, we know that A is truly A. Then A is no longer a dangerous obstacle for us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1117:When we’re sitting, we’re truly there in the present moment; we have come home, we have arrived. We are present in that time and place; we’re not pulled away by the past, the future, or by anger or jealousy in the present. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1118:Your action, what you do, depends on who you are. The quality of your action depends on the quality of your being. [...] So there is a link between doing and being. If you don’t succeed in being, you can’t succeed in doing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1119:Life is too precious for us to lose ourselves in our ideas and concepts, in our anger and our despair. We must wake up to the marvelous reality of life. We must begin to live fully and truly, every moment of our daily lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1120:By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1121:Suchness [...] means that reality is as it is. You cannot say anything about it; you cannot describe it. Nirvana is the same. Nirvana is the removal of all notions and concepts so that reality can reveal herself fully to you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1122:Breathing in, I see all my ancestors in me: my mineral ancestors, plant ancestors, mammal ancestors, and human ancestors. My ancestors are always present, alive in every cell of my body, and I play a part in their immortality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1123:Each time you look at a tangerine, you can see deeply into it. You can see everything in the universe in one tangerine. When you peel it and smell it, it’s wonderful. You can take your time eating a tangerine and be very happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1124:Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1125:We need to practice mindfulness daily in order to fulfill our aspiration. We need to patiently pursue our aspiration, but we don’t lose the present moment, we enjoy the present moment and we use it to realize our deepest desire ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1126:You can try reading books that will help you be a leader, like Marshall Rosenberg and Thich Nhat Hanh. Be very humble and say, "I don't know why. I don't feel qualified, but I accept this role that you gave me, and so help me." ~ Sandra Cisneros,
1127:All is in the word “know.” To know is to realize. Realization is mindfulness. All the work of meditation is aimed at awakening us in order to know one and only one thing: birth and death can never touch us in any way whatsoever. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1128:Compassion is the capacity to understand the suffering in oneself and in the other person. If you understand your own suffering, you can help him to understand his suffering. Understanding suffering brings compassion and relief. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1129:We all need a friend to help remind us from time to time. If no one else is there, the sound of the bell can be that friend, reminding us to recognize and smile at our old habit energies. In that way, we can become free of them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1130:As you will see, mindfulness practice does not need to be another “add-on.” Its beauty lies in the fact that it can be fully and easily integrated into every act of our daily living, reminding us to live the present moment fully. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1131:If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1132:Our way of eating and producing food can be very violent, to other species, to our own bodies, and to the Earth. Or our way of growing, distributing, and eating food can be part of creating a larger healing. We get to choose. The ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1133:Sometimes our parents are full of love and sometimes they are full of anger. This love and anger comes not only from them, but from all previous generations. When we can see this, we no longer blame our parents for our suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1134:We need the vision of interbeing—we belong to each other; we cannot cut reality into pieces. The well-being of “this” is the well-being of “that,” so we have to do things together. Every side is “our side”; there is no evil side. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1135:When we can see our partner as not separate from us, not better or worse or even equal to ourselves, then we have the wisdom of nondiscrimination. We see the happiness of others as our happiness, their suffering as our suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1136:While they could appreciate the artistry of the dancers and musicians, they were not carried away by the pleasures they offered. They had their own dreams—to find answers concerning the spiritual quest and the renewal of society. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1137:Practice living every moment of your daily life deeply and in freedom. If that’s what you really want, then what you need to do is let go of pursuing the past, the future, and all your worries, and come back to the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1138:There are four kinds of food that every person consumes every day. In Buddhism, we call these kinds of food the Four Nutriments. They are edible food; sense impressions; volition; and consciousness, both individual and collective. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1139:While the realm of no materiality was a precious fruit of meditation, it did not help resolve the fundamental problem of birth and death, nor did it liberate one from all suffering and anxiety. It did not lead to total liberation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1140:Hatred cannot be stopped by hatred. Violence should not be responded to with violence. The only way out of violence and conflict is for us to embrace the practice of peace, to think and act with compassion, love, and understanding. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1141:Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1142:Even if we have time, we don't come home to ourselves. We try to keep ourselves constantly entertained - watching television, socialising, or using alcohol or drugs - because we don't want to experience that suffering all over again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1143:The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile. That’s a smile of enlightenment. You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand-new hours to live, and that that’s the most precious of gifts. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1144:There are four kinds of food that every person consumes every day. In
Buddhism, we call these kinds of food the Four Nutriments. They are edible food; sense impressions; volition; and consciousness, both individual and collective. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1145:When our mind is calm, it reflects reality accurately, without distortion. Breathing, sitting, and walking with mindfulness calms disturbing mental formations such as anger, fear, and despair, allowing us to see reality more clearly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1146:When we take a moment to sit and breathe before we eat, we can get in touch with the real hunger in our body. We can discover if we’re eating because we’re hungry or if we’re eating because it’s the time to eat and the food is there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1147:When you speak, allow the insight of our collective humanity to speak through you. When you walk, don't walk for yourself alone; walk for your ancestors and your community. When you breathe, allow the larger world to breathe for you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1148:A Buddha is a person who has no more business to do and isn’t looking for anything. In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and be true to ourselves, and our liberation will contribute to the liberation of all beings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1149:If you can’t accept your body and your mind, you can’t be a home for yourself. Many young people don’t accept who they are, and yet they want to be a home for someone else. But how can they be if they’re not yet a home for themselves? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1150:Imagine, for a moment, a beautiful flower. That flower might be an orchid or a rose, or even a simple little daisy growing beside a path. Looking into a flower, we can see that it is full of life. It contains soil, rain, and sunshine. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1151:Practicing mindfulness means that instead of reacting to whatever stimulus is around us or provokes us, we go back to our breathing, we calm our body, we stop our thinking, and we bring the mind home to the body in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1152:The most important matter for a practitioner is to be able to break through the veil of the material plane in order to enter the ultimate dimension and see the interconnection between us and all other phenomena in the world around us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1153:One of the books that has guided me in the last ten years of my life to help me to be that leader is the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's Being Peace. He's a Vietnamese monk. He was nominated for a Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
1154:We have to be in the present time, because only the present is real, only in the present can we be alive. We do not practice for the sake of the future, to be reborn in a paradise, but to be peace, to be compassion, to be joy right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1155:1963 when President Diêm passed a law prohibiting his people from celebrating the Buddhist national holiday, many Vietnamese have understandably associated Christianity with foreign attempts to establish political and cultural domination. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1156:A few years ago, I asked some children, "What is the purpose of eating breakfast? One boy replied, "To get energy for the day." Another said, "The purpose of eating breakfast is to eat breakfast." I think the second child is more correct. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1157:Do we really want to realize our greatest aspiration? If we truly want to accomplish our aspirations, then why would we go along a path that goes against them, and leaves us without enough energy to practice and help ourselves and others? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1158:IF YOU HAVEE EXPERIENCED HUNGER, YOU KNOW THAT HAVING FOOD IS A MIRACLE. IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED FROM THE COLD, YOU KNOW THE PRECIOUSNESS OF WARMTH. WHEN YOU HAVE SUFFERED, YOU KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE THE ELEMENTS OF PARADISE THAT ARE PRESENT ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1159:He saw that the key to liberation would be to break through ignorance and to enter deeply into the heart of reality and attain a direct experience of it. Such knowledge would not be the knowledge of the intellect, but of direct experience. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1160:Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1161:Each time we practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, awareness of breathing, loving speech, deep listening, or any other mindfulness practice, our roots are growing stronger and deeper and we are gaining more solidity and strength. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1162:it seems hard at first, you can substitute the method of counting your breath. As you breathe in, count 1 in your mind, and as you breathe out, count 1. Breathe in, count 2. Breathe out, count 2. Continue through 10, then return to 1 again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1163:Our Buddhist sutra tells us that when conditions are sufficient, we see forms, and when conditions are not sufficient, we don't. When all conditions are prsesent, phenomena can be perceived by us, and so they are revealed to us as existing, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1164:Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, bringing us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1165:TRUE LOVE MAKES US HAPPY. If love doesn’t make us happy, it’s not love; it’s something else. Love is a wonderful thing. It gives us the ability to offer joy and happiness, relieve suffering, and transcend all kinds of separation and barriers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1166:Beauty and goodness are there in each of us. A true spiritual partner is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking. A true teacher is someone who helps you discover the teacher in yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1167:If you hate your body and think that it is only a source of affliction, that it contains only the roots of anger, hatred, and craving, you do not understand that your body is the body of the Buddha, your body is a member of the body of Christ. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1168:May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos. In even the darkest places, may living beings hear it clearly so that understanding comes to their hearts, and without much hardship, they transcend the cycle of birth and death. or: ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1169:When you are calm, when you are still, you see things as they truly are. You don’t distort things. When you are not calm, it’s easy to get confused and angry. All of us make a lot of mistakes and create a lot of suffering when we are not calm. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1170:Due to attachment, anger, and foolishness, I have committed numberless mistakes in speech, deed and thought. I bow my head and repent. I vow from today to begin anew, to live day and night in mindfulness, and not to repeat my previous mistakes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1171:The more happiness and love that can be reborn the better, because it will make this world more beautiful and kind. Therefore you and I should be living our weeks, days and hours in order to be reborn constantly as happiness, love and kindness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1172:Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1173:Mindfulness is the continuous practice of touching deeply every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly present with your body and your mind, to bring harmony to your intentions and actions, and to be in harmony with those around you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1174:Someday, with no effort at all, you will understand. You only have to allow yourself to be there, to touch deeply each thing you encounter, to walk mindfully, and to help others with the whole of your being. This is the practice of non-practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1175:Every one of us is trying to find our true home. Some of us are still searching. Our true home is inside, but it’s also in our loved ones around us. When you’re in a loving relationship, you and the other person can be a true home for each other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1176:I look at Thich Nhat Hanh and I look at Marshall Rosenberg, and they're more concerned about the long range. And that long range means that you have to sit down with people who don't think like you. I want to reach people who don't think like me. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
1177:Sinh, già, bệnh và chết là những gì phải xảy đến cho tất cả mọi người. Chúng ta phải nghĩ đến sinh, già, bệnh và chết trong đời sống hàng ngày để đừng bị chìm đắm trong dục vọng, để sống an lạc, thảnh thơi và làm cho cuộc đời chung quanh bớt khổ. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1178:Thich Nhat Hanh: “To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future,” he says. “The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. ~ Sharon Salzberg,
1179:The difficult truth is that the basic law of thermodynamics still holds: When we eat more calories than we expend, we gain weight. When we burn more energy through physical activity or exercise than we take in from food and drinks, we lose weight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1180:When we read a magazine, we consume. When we watch a television program, we consume. Whatever we consume affects our body and mind. If we consume toxic magazine articles, movies, or video games, they will feed our craving, our anger, and our fear. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1181:The first definition of love is to be there. This is a practice. How can you love if you are not there? In order to love you have to be there, body and mind united. A true lover knows that the practice of mindfulness is the foundation of true love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1182:The teachings of the Buddha could be summarized in four short sentences. ... [The Buddha] said ...
The bad things, don't do them.
The good things, try to do them.
Try to purify, subdue your own mind.
That is the teaching of all buddhas. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1183:When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1184:Concentration is not wholesome in itself. A thief needs concentration to break into a house.
The object of our concentration is what makes it beneficial or not. If you use meditative concentration to run away from reality, that is not beneficial. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1185:Impermanence means that everything changes and that nothing remains the same in any consecutive moments. And although things change every moment, they still cannot be accurately described as the same or as different from what they were a moment ago. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1186:Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1187:Dear master, I think it would be better for each of us to watch ourself. To look after oneself means to look after both of us. That way I am sure we will avoid any accidents and will earn enough to eat.’ ” The Buddha said: “The child spoke correctly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1188:Everyone knows we need to have mud for lotuses to grow. The mud doesn’t smell so good, but the lotus flower smells very good. If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1189:Friends, being lost in thoughts is one of the things that prevents us from making true contact with life. If you are ruled by worry, frustration, anxiety, anger, or jealousy, you will lose the chance to make real contact with all the wonders of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1190:Aimlessness does not mean doing nothing. It means not putting something in front of you to chase after. When we remove the objects of our craving and desires, we discover that happiness and freedom are available to us right here in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1191:If you are really joyful and your joy is healthy, then that benefits other people. If you’re not joyful, not fresh, or not smiling, then that doesn’t benefit anyone. If you’re inhabited by joy and freshness, even if you do nothing, we profit from you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1192:In our sangha, we have a porch we call, Listening to the Rain Veranda. We made it specially for that purpose— so we could sit there and listen to the rain and not need to think about anything. Listening to the rain can help the mind come to stillness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1193:Precepts in Buddhism are not imposed by some outside authority. They arise from our own insight based on the practice of mindfulness. To be attached to the form without understanding the essence is to fall into what Buddhism calls attachment to rules. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1194:Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Life itself is possible. If a grain of corn is not impermanent, it can never be transformed into a stalk of corn. If the stalk were not impermanent, it could never provide us with the ear of corn we eat. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1195:The Buddha said, “I have looked deeply into the state of mind of unhappy people and have seen hidden under their suffering a very sharp knife. Because they don’t see that sharp knife in themselves, it is difficult for them to deal with suffering.” Your ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1196:When our mind is carried away by strong pain, it helps to go back to our relaxed and peaceful in-breath and out-breath. Eventually, when our painful feeling comes back, we accept it as it is instead of letting it carry us away and make us more agitated. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1197:Đường xưa còn đó, những đám mây trắng vẫn còn, nếu mình bước một bước trên con đường nầy, bước với tâm trạng an hòa và tỉnh thức, thì con đường xưa và những đám mây trắng cũ sẽ mầu nhiệm biến thành con đường hôm nay và những đám mây trắng trong hiện tại. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1198:For Warmth

I hold my face in my two hands.
No, I am not crying.
I hold my face in my two hands
to keep the loneliness warm –
two hands protecting,
two hands nourishing,
two hands preventing
my soul from leaving me
in anger. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1199:The way we live our daily lives is what most effects the situation of the world. If we can change our daily lives, then we can change our governments and… the world. Our president and governments are us. They reflect our lifestyle and our way of thinking ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1200:If the United States wants safety, it has to take care of the safety of other nations also. If Great Britain wants safety, it has to think of the safety of other groups of people. Any of us could be victims of violence and terrorism. No country is immune. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1201:We produce ourselves, we product our own future. We have to offer our best thoughts, speech and actions. Mindfulness helps us to know whether we're producing the right thing for future and helps us remember that what we produce is us, is our continuation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1202:It is often said that the Buddha’s teaching is only a raft to help you cross the river, a finger pointing to the moon. Don’t mistake the finger for the moon. The raft is not the shore. If we cling to the raft, if we cling to the finger, we miss everything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1203:Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, a rare combination of mystic, poet, scholar, and activist. His luminous presence and the simple, compassionate clarity of his writings have touched countless lives. ~ Joanna Macy,
1204:You only need to breathe mindfully and smile to your habit energy: “Oh, I got pulled away by that again.” When you can recognize habit energies this way, they lose their hold on you, and you’re free once again to live peacefully and happily in the present. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1205:From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1206:While washing the dishes, you might be thinking about the tea afterwards, and so try to get them out of the way as quickly as possible in order to sit and drink tea. But that means that you are incapable of living during the time you are washing the dishes. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1207:For dialogue to be fruitful, we need to live deeply our own tradition and, at the same time, listen deeply to others. Through the practice of deep looking and deep listening, we become free, able to see the beauty and values in our own and others’ tradition. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1208:The best position for practicing this is lying down. You focus your attention on a part of your body, such as your heart. As you breathe in, you become aware of your heart, and as you breathe out, you smile towards it. You send it your love, your tenderness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1209:The original reality of Amitabha is our own Dharma body, It shines out brightly everywhere, in the South, North, East, and West, It is like the autumn moon that lies in the high, vast sky, In the silence of the night its brilliance shines far over the ocean. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1210:Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life- a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1211:True love gives us a lot of space. Because you are connected spiritually and emotionally as well as physically, you do not need to always be in the same place or doing the same thing. You do not worry if your beloved is over here today and you are over there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1212:When we go home to the present moment, we understand there are so many conditions of happiness that we don’t need to go running after yet another one. We already have enough conditions to be happy. Happiness is entirely possible right in the here and now. The ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1213:If you want to relax the worry-tightened muscles in your face, let the half smile come to your face. As the half smile appears, all the facial muscles begin to relax. The longer the half smile is maintained, the better. It is the same smile you see on the face ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1214:Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish... if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself- it is very difficult to take care of another person...Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice.♥ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1215:The Buddha and his monks and nuns practiced voluntary poverty. They owned only three robes, one bowl, and one water filter. Are we able to live simply, content with just what we need? Or are our religious institutions simply building and acquiring more and more? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1216:The voice of Thich Nhat Hanh-friendly, patient, steadfast, confident, contemporary, and often witty-seems, to me, an intermediary big brother talking directly to me on every page saying, 'Look! It's right there in you,' the very wisdom that leads to compassion. ~ Sylvia Boorstein,
1217:We constantly encounter themes that arouse sexual desire, often coupled with themes of violence. If our collective consciousness is filled with violent sexual seeds, why should we be surprised when there is sexual abuse of children, rape, and other violent acts? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1218:For dialogue to be fruitful, we need to live deeply our own tradition and, at the same time, listen deeply to others. Through the practice of deep looking and deep listening, we become free, able to see the beauty and values in our own and others’ tradition. Many ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1219:If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. —Thich Nhat Hanh, A Lifetime of Peace ~ Mark Wolynn,
1220:The reality is that we are safe and we have the capacity to enjoy the wonders of life in the present moment. When we recognize that our suffering is based on images instead of current reality, then living happily in the present moment becomes possible right away. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1221:Tomorrow, I will continue to be. But you will have to be very attentive to see me. I will be a flower, or a leaf. I will be in these forms and I will say hello to you. If you are attentive enough, you will recognize me, and you may greet me. I will be very happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1222:You are capable of coming back to your best and highest self, but you must maintain this practice. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted and forget to practice. Practice regularly, daily, with the support of your family, friends, and community—this is diligence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1223:Often, we get crushes on others not because we truly love and understand them, but to distract ourselves from our suffering. When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1224:The truth is already in you. You only need to open yourself — body, mind, and heart — so that his or her teachings will penetrate your own seeds of understanding and enlightenment. If you let the words enter you, the soil and the seeds will do the rest of the work. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1225:We have millions of ways to lose this precious time—we turn on the TV, or pick up the telephone, or start the car and go somewhere. We are not used to being with ourselves, and we act as if we don’t like ourselves and are trying to escape from ourselves. Meditation ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1226:With utmost courage, Jesus taught a gospel of nonviolence. Is the church today practicing the same by its presence and behavior? Do the churches practice nonviolence and social justice, or do they align themselves with governments that practice violence and hatred? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1227:Happiness is impermanent, but it can be renewed. You are also impermanent and also renewable, like your breath, like your steps.
You are not something permanent experiencing something impermanent. You are something impermanent experiencing something impermanent. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1228:Mindfulness is the awareness of what is going on in us and around us in the present moment. It requires stopping, looking deeply, and recognizing both the uniqueness of the moment and its connection to everything that has gone on before and will go on in the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1229:When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth... Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1230:In fact, "father" and "mother" are two aspects of the same reality. Father is more expressive side of wisdom or understanding, and mother the side of love or compassion...Without understanding there cannot be true love, and without love there cannot be understanding, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1231:When people say, “Don’t just sit there, do something,” they’re urging you to act. But if the quality of your being is poor—if you don’t have enough peace, understanding, and equanimity, if you still have a lot of anger and worries—then your actions will also be poor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1232:During the past few years I have avoided tiring myself and losing my breath. I must take care of my body, treat it with respect as a musician does his instrument. I apply nonviolence to my body, for it is not merely a tool to accomplish something. It itself is the end. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1233:Jesus Christ is still manifesting himself in many thousands of ways. He is manifesting himself all around you. We need to be alert in order to recognize his manifestations. If you are not mindful or attentive, you will miss him because you will miss his manifestations. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1234:In us, there is a river of feelings, in which every drop of water is a different feeling, and each feeling relies on all the others for its existence. To observe it, we just sit on the bank of the river and identify each feeling as it surfaces, flows by, and disappears. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1235:I met Kaz in the mid 1980s when we invited him and other artists to the Ojai Foundation with Thich Nhat Hanh. I felt an instant connection with him, and since that time we have collaborated on many projects and have become good friends and allies in the work of nonviolence. ~ Joan Halifax,
1236:When a farmer uses a kind of fertilizer that does not have any effect, he has to change the fertilizer. The same is true for us. If, after several months, the practice we are doing has not brought about any transformation and healing, we have to reconsider the situation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1237:When we want to understand something, we cannot just stand outside and observe it. We have to enter deeply into it and be one with it in order to really understand. If we want to understand a person, we have to feel his feelings, suffer his sufferings, and enjoy his joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1238:Speech:       1. Tell the truth. Don’t lie or turn the truth upside down.       2. Don’t exaggerate.       3. Be consistent. This means no double-talk: speaking about something in one way to one person and in an opposite way to another for selfish or manipulative reasons. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1239:We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment[.] ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1240:Father, a day upon the throne would be like a day of sitting on a bed of hot coals for me. If my heart has no peace, how can I fulfil your or the people’s trust in me? I have seen how quickly time passes, and I know my youth is no different. Please grant me your permission. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1241:Our senses are our windows to the world, and sometimes the wind blows through them and disturbs everything within us. Some of us leave our windows open all the time, allowing the sights and sounds of the world to invade us, penetrate us, and expose our sad, troubled selves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1242:When you have a toothache, you call your dentist and ask for an emergency appointment to relieve your pain. You know deeply at that point that not having a toothache is happiness. Yet later, when you don’t have a toothache, you forget and do not treasure your non-toothache. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1243:You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1244:About thirty years ago I was looking for an English word to describe our deep interconnection with everything else. I liked the word “togetherness,” but I finally came up with the word “interbeing.” The verb “to be” can be misleading, because we cannot be by ourselves, alone. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1245:What most people call power Buddhists call cravings. The five cravings are for wealth, fame, sex, fancy food, and lots of sleep. In Buddhism, we speak of the five true powers, five kinds of energy. The five powers are faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration, and insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1246:At the moment of his awakening at the foot of the bodhi tree, the Buddha declared, How strange—all beings possess the capacity to be awakened, to understand, to love, and to be free, yet they don’t know it and they allow themselves to be carried away on the ocean of suffering. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1247:True love is a love without possessiveness. You love and still you are free, and the other person is also free. The kind of love that has no joy is not true love. If both parties cry every day, then that’s not true love. There must be joy and freedom and understanding in love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1248:DISTRACTIONS Often, we get crushes on others not because we truly love and understand them, but to distract ourselves from our suffering. When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1249:Live in a way that encourages deep happiness in yourself and others. You can vow to bring joy to one person in the morning and to help relieve the suffering of one person in the afternoon. Ask yourself, “Who can I make smile this morning?” This is the art of creating happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1250:The Buddha said, “There is no separate self.” You and your son, you and your daughter are just a continuation of many generations of ancestors. You are part of a long stream of life. Whatever your children do continues to affect you deeply—just like when they were in your womb. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1251:Smiling is a kind of mouth yoga. When we smile, it releases the tension in our face. Others notice it, even strangers, and are likely to smile back. By smiling, we initiate a wonderful chain reaction, touching the joy in anyone we encounter. A smile is an ambassador of goodwill. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1252:Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1253:My dear friend, I may be the victim of wrong perceptions, and what I write here may not reflect the truth. However, this is my experience of the situation. This is what I really feel in my heart. If there is anything wrong in what I write, let us sit down and look into it together ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1254:often we forget that it is the very people around us that we must live for first of all. If you cannot serve your wife or husband or child or parent—how are you going to serve society? If you cannot make your own child happy, how do you expect to be able to make anyone else happy? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1255:You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1256:Each moment you are alive is a gem, shining through and containing earth and sky, water and clouds. It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. Suddenly you hear the birds singing, the pines chanting, see the flowers blooming, the blue sky, the white clouds.... ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1257:Giáo lý là phương tiện chỉ bày chân lý, đừng chấp phương tiện là chân lý. Ngón tay chỉ mặt trăng không phải là mặt trăng. Không có ngón tay ấy thì quý vị không biết hướng của mặt trăng, nhưng nếu quý vị nhận lầm ngón tay là mặt trăng, thì vĩnh viễn quý vị không thấy được mặt trăng. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1258:In the process of meditation, fetters are undone; internal blocks of suffering such as resentment, fear, anger, despair, and hatred are transformed; relationships with humans and nature become easier; freedom and joy can penetrate us. We become aware of what is inside and around us; ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1259:Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1260:So, while driving in the car with the person sitting right next to us, we think about other things. We aren't interested in him anymore. What arrogance! The person sitting there beside is really a mystery! We only have the impression that we know her, but we don't know anything yet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1261:You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society. A student asked Thay, “There are so many urgent problems. What should I do?” Thay answered calmly, “Take one thing, and do it very deeply and carefully, and you will be doing everything at the same time.” Knowing ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1262:Suppose you want something very much. You think that if you don’t get that something, happiness won’t be possible. You get caught in that idea. But, in reality, there are people who have that thing who are miserable, and there people who don’t have that thing who are perfectly happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1263:When anger manifests in us, we must recognize and accept that anger is there and that it needs to be tended to. At this moment we are advised not to say anything, not to do anything out of anger. We immediately return to ourselves and invite the energy of mindfulness to manifest also, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1264:If we want to be happy and joyful, then we must be determined to let go of attachment. Free from attachment, we are no longer caught in the circle of samsara—not burdened by anxiety nor restlessly searching for what is unwholesome. The absence of attachment leads to true peace and joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1265:Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself — if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself — it is very difficult to take care of another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1266:In the past, we probably did suffer from one thing or another. It may even have felt like a kind of hell. If we remember that suffering, not letting ourselves get carried away by it, we can use it to remind ourselves, "How lucky I am right now. I'm not in that situation. I can be happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1267:We do so much, we run so quickly, the situation is difficult, and many people say, "Don't just sit there, do something." But doing more things may make the situation worse. So you should say, "Don't just do something, sit there." Sit there, stop, be yourself first, and begin from there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1268:My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1269:Meditation has become such a common element of business training that more than a thousand Googlers attended a training program called, Search Inside Yourself. Google even hosts bimonthly silent ‘mindful lunches’, which began after Zen monk and writer, Thich Nhat Hanh, visited Google in 2011. ~ Brian Tracy,
1270:To write a book, we must write with our whole life, not just during the moments we are sitting at our desk. When writing a book or an article, we know that our words will affect many other people. We do not have the right just to express our own suffering if it brings suffering to others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1271:Life is miraculous, even in its suffering. Without suffering, life would not be possible. There is nothing permanent, and there is no separate self. Neither is there impermanence or no-self. When we see life deeply, there is no death. Therefore, it isn’t necessary to say “everlasting life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1272:When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness. He is always ready to complain and blame others for his problems. This is why you find it very unpleasant to listen to him and try to avoid him. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1273:When we surround ourselves with people who are committed to understanding and loving, we’re nourished by their presence and our own seeds of understanding and love are watered. When we surround ourselves with people who gossip, complain, and are constantly critical, we absorb these toxins. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1274:Someone may be able to speak beautifully about compassion, wisdom, or nonself, but this doesn’t necessarily help others. And the speaker may still have a big self or treat others badly. His eloquent speech may be only empty words. We can get tired of all these words, even the word “Buddha". ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1275:First, we just acknowledge that it is there inside us. If we don’t listen to our own suffering, we won’t understand it, and we won’t have compassion for ourselves. Compassion is the element that helps heal us. Only when we have compassion for ourselves, can we truly listen to another person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1276:Fortresses, bombs, or airplanes are not going to take away our fear; in fact, they will more likely increase it. The United States of America has a very powerful military and the most advanced weapons in the world, but the American people don’t feel safe. They feel very afraid and vulnerable. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1277:When our mind is entangled with anger, jealousy, or sadness, we can be in that state hour after hour, day after day. It’s a pity, because meanwhile, life is wondrous. If we only concentrate on breathing in and seeing that our body is a wonder, we can see that nothing else is really important. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1278:Machine thinking is the opposite of mindfulness. If we're really engaged in mindfulness when walking along the path to the village, then we will consider the act of each step we take as an infinite wonder, and a joy will open our hearts like a flower, enabling us to enter the world of reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1279:When we direct our attention toward our suffering, we see our potential for happiness. We see the nature of suffering and the way out. That is why the Buddha called suffering a holy truth. When we use the word “suffering” in Buddhism, we mean the kind of suffering that can show us the way out. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1280:According to the Buddha, life is available only in the here and now, the present moment. He said, “The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment.” If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1281:When we return to our breathing, we return to the present moment, our true home. There’s no need for us to struggle to arrive somewhere else. We know our final destination is the cemetery. Why are we in a hurry to get there? Why not step in the direction of life, which is in the present moment? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1282:When you use concentration to run away from yourself or your situation, it is wrong concentration. Sometimes we need to escape our problems for relief, but at some time we have to return to face them. Worldly concentration seeks to escape. Supramundane concentration aims at complete liberation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1283:As the Buddha said, “The past no longer is, the future is not yet here; there is only one moment in which life is available, and that is the present moment.” To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1284:One day my left hand was holding a nail and my right hand a hammer. I was trying to hang a picture and I was not very mindful. Instead of pounding on the nail I pounded on the finger. Right away my right hand put the hammer down and took care of my left hand as if she were taking care of herself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1285:The secret of Zen masters is discovering the path of return to such moments, and knowing how to pave the way for such moments to arise. The masters know how to use the dazzling light of those moments to illuminate the journey of return, the journey that begins from nowhere and has no destination. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1286:we are advised to tell the other person that we are angry, that we suffer. “Darling, I suffer, I’m angry, and I want you to know it.” Then if you are a good practitioner, you also add, “I’m doing my best to take care of my anger.” And you can conclude with the third sentence, “Please, do help me, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1287:Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve. My mind becomes calm, my body relaxed, and a smile is born on my lips. Following the sound of the bell, my breath guides me back to the safe island of mindfulness. In the garden of my heart, the flower of peace blooms beautifully. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1288:When we learn to calm our minds in order to look deeply at the true nature of things, we can arrive at full understanding, which dissolves every sorrow and anxiety and gives rise to acceptance and love. Gautama now saw that understanding and love are one. Without understanding, there can be no love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1289:[…] el hecho de reflexionar sobre una pregunta – explorar todas sus facetas a lo largo del tiempo – nos pone en contacto con el misterio de la vida. Reflexionar sobre las preguntas nos acostumbra a la naturaleza inabarcable de la vida y nos permite comprender las cosas desde diversos puntos de vista. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1290:We’re all searching for a place where we feel safe and comfortable, a home where we can be truly ourselves. As we become more skilled in mindfulness and lay down the roots of fidelity, we can truly relax with our partner. All the restlessness and searching inside dissipates when we find our true home. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1291:In a family, if there is one person who practices mindfulness, the entire family will be more mindful. Because of the presence of one member who lives in mindfulness, the entire family is reminded to live in mindfulness. If in one class, one student lives in mindfulness, the entire class is influenced. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1292:Siddhartha looked at Yasodhara and then confusedly at the ornaments remaining on the table. He appeared flustered—there was nothing on the table worthy of Yasodhara’s beauty. Suddenly he smiled. He removed the necklace around his own neck and held it out to Yasodhara. “This is my gift to you, princess. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1293:The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet.” The only moment in which you can be truly alive is the present moment. The present moment is the destination, the point to arrive at. Every time you breathe in and take a step, you arrive: “Breathing in, I arrive. Breathing out, I arrive.” The ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1294:The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1295:Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1296:We have to establish ourselves in the here and now in order to truly eat. All through the meal, we should really be here with the people at the table. As we chew our food, we should really be here with what we are eating. We can get deeply in touch with the food, which is a gift from the earth and sky. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1297:We all lose when we think that everything people in our party do and say is right and everything people in another party do and say is wrong. This is simply not true. If we think, speak, and act only along party lines, we operate like a machine without insight, without understanding, without compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1298:Our food comes from this beautiful planet. The Earth is inside us, in each morsel of food, in the air we breathe, in the water that we drink and that flows through us. Enjoy being part of the Earth and eat in such a way that allows you to be aware that each bite is deepening your connection to the planet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1299:There is a Zen story about a man riding a horse that is galloping very quickly. Another man, standing alongside the road, yells at him, "Where are you going?" and the man on the horse yells back, "I don't know. Ask the horse." I think that is our situation. We are riding many horses that we cannot control. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1300:CONCEPTS AND IDEAS are incapable of expressing reality as it is. Nirvana, the ultimate reality, cannot be described, because it is free of all concepts and ideas. Nirvana is the extinction of all concepts. It is total freedom. Nirvana, the ultimate reality, or God, is of the nature of no-birth and no-death. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1301:There is a saying: If a tiger comes down off his mountain and goes to the lowlands, he will be caught by humans and killed. It means if a practitioner leaves his or her Sangha, it becomes difficult to continue the practice. Taking refuge in the Sangha is not a matter of devotion. It is a matter of practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1302:When this body was just born, it was very light. As we grow, we tend to get weighed down by worries and lose our freshness and beauty. Mindful eating helps us regain this freshness, nourishing our spirits as well as our bodies. Eating with appreciation of our own bodies, we eat with more relaxation and joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1303:Buddhist meditation has two aspects — shamatha and vipashyana. We tend to stress the importance of vipashyana (“looking deeply”) because it can bring us insight and liberate us from suffering and afflictions. But the practice of shamatha (“stopping”) is fundamental. If we cannot stop, we cannot have insight. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1304:Right View cannot be described. We can only point in the correct direction. Right View cannot even be transmitted by a teacher. A teacher can help us identify the seed of Right View that is already in our garden, and help us have the confidence to practice, to entrust that seed to the soil of our daily life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1305:Sự sống chỉ có mặt trong giây phút hiện tại, nhưng tâm ta ít khi chịu an trú trong giây phút hiện tại. Tâm ta hay ưa trở về quá khứ hoặc vọng đến tương lai. Ta cứ tưởng ta là ta, nhưng quả thực ta chưa hề thực sự tiếp xúc ta với ta, bởi vì tâm ta cứ rong ruổi chạy theo những ảo ảnh của quá khứ và của vị lai. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1306:As a tender baby, we have arms and feet, but we can’t use them. We need someone to take care of us. With original fear comes original desire. There is the fear of being left alone and there is the desire to survive. Even when we’ve grown up to be an adult, the original fear and original desire are still there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1307:The meditation on interdependence is to help one penetrate reality in order to be one with it, not to become caught up in philosophical opinion or meditation methods. The raft is used to cross the river. It isn't to be carried around on your shoulders. The finger which points at the moon isn't the moon itself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1308:Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvellously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1309:Impermanence and selflessness are not negative aspect of life, but the very foundation on which life is built. Impermanence is the constant transformation of things. Without impermanence, there can be no life. Selflessness is the interdependent nature of all things. Without interdependence, nothing could exist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1310:Our presence here means the presence of all our ancestors. They are still alive in us. Every time we smile, all the generations of our ancestors, our children, and the generations to come—all of whom are within us—smile too. We practice not just for ourselves, but for everyone, and the stream of life continues. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1311:All the wonders of life are already here. They’re calling you. If you can listen to them, you will be able to stop running. What you need, what we all need, is silence. Stop the noise in your mind in order for the wondrous sounds of life to be heard. Then you can begin to live your life authentically and deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1312:Right or wrong action can be determined by using the single criterion of suffering or nonsuffering. Whatever causes suffering in the present or the future, for ourselves and people around us, is the wrong thing to do. What brings well-being in the present and the future is the right thing. The criterion is clear. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1313:If you know how to make good use of the mud, you can grow beautiful lotuses. If you know how to make good use of suffering, you can produce happiness. We do need some suffering to make happiness possible. And most of us have enough suffering inside and around us to be able to do that. We don’t have to create more. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1314:Sit in such a way that you feel light, relaxed, happy, and free. Many of us have so many anxieties and projects that weigh heavily on us. We carry our past sorrows and anger and they become a kind of baggage that makes life heavy. Sitting meditation is a way to practice letting go of the things we carry needlessly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1315:We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1316:Your dream can be realized right in the present moment. You live your life in such a way that every step in the right direction and every breath along the way becomes the realization of your dream. Your dream does not take you away from the present; on the contrary, your dream becomes reality in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1317:‎"The earth is so beautiful. We are beautiful also. We can allow ourselves to walk mindfully, touching the earth, our wonderful mother, with each step. We don't need to wish our friends, 'Peace be with you.' Peace is already with them. We only need to help them cultivate the habit of touching peace in each moment."- ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1318:the present moment contains both past and future. The only material that the future is made of is the present. If you know how to handle the present in the best way you can, that’s all you can do for the future. Handling the present moment with all your attention, all your intelligence, is already building a future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1319:Many parents love their children. Yet they make them suffer a lot in the name of love. They’re often not capable of understanding their children’s suffering, difficulties, hopes, and aspirations. We have to ask ourselves, “Am I really loving the other person by understanding them or am I just projecting my own needs? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1320:Breathing mindfully, you are already finding a refuge in your breath, and you become aware of what’s going on in your body, your feelings, your perceptions, your mental formations, and your consciousness. In Buddhism, these are known as the five skandhas (“aggregates”), or elements, that make up what we call a person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1321:The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not. If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north. That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1322:When the Buddha was asked, “Sir, what do you and your monks practice?” he replied, “We sit, we walk, and we eat.” The questioner continued, “But sir, everyone sits, walks, and eats,” and the Buddha told him, “When we sit, we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat, we know we are eating. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1323:I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society, and the Earth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1324:Before we can make deep changes in our lives, we have to look into our diet, our way of consuming. We have to live in such a way that we stop consuming the things that poison us and intoxicate us. Then, we will have the strength to allow the best in us to arise, and we will no longer be victims of anger, of frustration. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1325:Compassion is not an idea or something we can imagine. It is a mental formation that has an immediate result in action of body, speech, or mind. It is rooted in understanding. When we understand why we suffer we can be compassionate to ourselves. When we understand how others suffer then we can be compassionate to them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1326:The instant you sit down to meditate, begin watching your breath. At first breathe normally, gradually letting your breathing slow down until it is quiet, even, and the lengths of the breaths are fairly long. From the moment you sit down to the moment your breathing has become deep and silent, be conscious of everything ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1327:Many people still believe that we can only be happy when we have a lot of money and power. Looking around, we see many people who have plenty of money and power, but who still suffer very deeply from stress and loneliness. So power and money are not the answer. We have to educate ourselves in the art of living mindfully. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1328:The leaves that remain are only a very small part of the tea. The tea that goes into me is a much bigger part of the tea. It is the richest part.
We are the same; our essence has gone into our children, our friends, and the entire universe. We have to find ourselves in those directions and not in the spent tea leaves. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1329:You can’t take the other person out of you. You can’t take yourself out of others. The suffering still continues. So the question is not whether you will stay together or not; the question is whether you can focus on trying to understand each other using compassionate speech and deep listening, no matter what the outcome. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1330:If we want to reconcile with our family or with friends who have hurt us, we have to take care of ourselves first. If we’re not capable of listening to ourselves, how can we listen to another person? If we don’t know how to recognise our own suffering, it won’t be possible to bring peace and harmony into our relationships. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1331:Sitting in the lotus position or lying down on your back, begin breathing into your belly. Keep your mind entirely on the belly as it rises with every in-breath and falls with each out-breath. Breathe deeply, maintaining full attention on your abdomen. Don’t think. Stop all your ruminating, and just focus on the breathing. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1332:If we take good care of ourselves, we help everyone. We stop being a source of suffering to the world, and we become a reservoir of joy and freshness. Here and there are people who know how to take good care of themselves, who live joyfully and happily. They are our strongest support. Whatever they do, they do for everyone. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1333:...The miracle is not to walk on water or in thin air, but to walk on Earth. Walk in such a way that you become fully alive and joy and happiness are possible. That is the miracle that everyone can perform.... If you have mindfulness, concentration, and insight then every step you make on this Earth is performing a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1334:Every minute can be a holy, sacred minute. Where do you seek the spiritual? You seek the spiritual in every ordinary thing that you do every day. Sweeping the floor, watering the vegetables, and washing the dishes become holy and sacred if mindfulness is there. With mindfulness and concentration, everything becomes spiritual. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1335:Our children learn reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects in school that can help them earn a living. But ver few school programs teach young people how to live - how to deal with anger, how reconcile conflicts, how to breathe, smile, and transform internal formations. There needs to be a revolution in education, ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1336:All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. I cannot keep anything. I come here empty-handed, and I go empty-handed. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1337:A teacher cannot give you the truth
The truth is already in you
You only need to open yourself –
body, mind and heart-
so that his or her teachings
will penetrate your own seeds
of understanding and enlightenment
If you let the words enter you,
the soil and the seeds
will do the rest of the work ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1338:At its most essential, the apple you hold is a manifestation of the wonderful presence of life. It is interconnected with all that is. It contains the whole universe; it is an ambassador of the cosmos coming to nourish our existence. It feeds our body, and if we eat it mindfully, it also feeds our soul and recharges our spirit. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1339:Sometimes we say, “I didn’t want to do it, but it’s stronger than me, it pushed me. So that is a seed, a habit energy, that may have come from many generations in the past.We can smile at our shortcomings, at our habit energy. With awareness, we have a choice; we can act another way. We can end the cycle of suffering right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1340:Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable and highly respected Vietnamese meditation teacher, poet, and peace activist, uses the image of cloudy apple juice settling in a glass to describe meditation. You just sit with whatever is present, even discomfort, anxiety, or confusion, with whatever is present, and the mind settles all by itself. ~ Jon Kabat Zinn,
1341:Anger is rooted in our lack of understanding of ourselves and of the causes, deep-seated as well as immediate, that brought about this unpleasant state of affairs. Anger is also rooted in desire, pride, agitation, and suspicion. The primary roots of our anger are in ourselves. Our environment and other people are only secondary. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1342:During the last 2,500 years in Buddhist monasteries, a system of seven practices of reconciliation has evolved. Although these techniques were formulated to settle disputes within the circle of monks, i think they might also be of use in our households and in our society.

The first practice is Face-to-Face-Sitting. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1343:the four sacred and wonderful truths of Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths are: first, there is suffering; second, there is a path or a series of conditions that has produced the suffering; third, suffering can be ended—happiness is always possible; and fourth, there is a path that leads to the cessation of suffering, to happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1344:Before practicing meditation, we see that mountains are mountains.
When we start to practice, we see that mountains are no longer mountains.
After practicing a while, we see that mountains are again mountains.
Now the mountains are very free. Our mind is still with the mountains,
but it is no longer bound to anything. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1345:The best way of preparing for the future is to take good care of the present, because we know that if the present is made up of the past, then the future will be made up of the present. All we need to be responsible for is the present moment. Only the present is within our reach. To care for the present is to care for the future. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1346:The miracle is not to walk on water or fire. The miracle is to walk on the earth.” I cherish that teaching. I enjoy just walking, even in busy places like airports and railway stations. Walking like that, with each step caressing our Mother Earth, we can inspire other people to do the same. We can enjoy every minute of our lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1347:If we practice meditation, we can generate the energies of mindfulness and concentration. These energies will lead us to the insight that there is no birth and no death. We can truly remove our fear of death. When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief. Non-fear is the ultimate joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1348:We talk about social service, service to the people, service to humanity, service for others who are far away, helping to bring peace to the world - but often we forget that it is the very people around us that we must live for first of all. [...] Are we working for other humans, or are we just working for the name of an organization? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1349:When feeling lonely or anxious, most of us have the habit of looking for distractions, which often leads to some form of unwholesome consumption -- whether eating a snack in the absence of hunger, mindlessly surfing the Internet, going on a drive, or reading. Conscious breathing is a good way to nourish body and mind with mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1350:Don’t wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late. If we know how to live according to the insight of impermanence, we will not make many mistakes. We can be happy right now. We can love our beloved, care for her, and make her happy today. And we won’t run toward the future, losing our life, which is available only in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1351:Practicing meditation, we can generate the energies of mindfulness and concentration. These energies will lead us back to the insight that nothing is really born or dies. We can truly remove our fear of death. When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief. Nonfear is the ultimate joy. If ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1352:The notions and ideas we have about happiness can entrap us. We forget that they are just notions and ideas. Our idea of happiness may be the very thing that’s preventing us from being happy. When we’re caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form, we fail to see the opportunities for joy that are right in front of us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1353:A sexual relationship is an act of communion between body and spirit. This is a very important encounter, not to be done in a casual manner. In our soul there are certain areas—memories, pain, secrets—that are private, that we would share only with the person we love and trust the most. We do not open our heart and show it to just anyone. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1354:We ruminate on suffering, regret, and sorrow. We chew on them, swallow them, bring them back up, and eat them again and again. If we’re feeding our suffering while we’re walking, working, eating, or talking, we are making ourselves victims of the ghosts of the past, of the future, or our worries in the present. We’re not living our lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1355:In modern society most of us don't want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book - we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1356:The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1357:In daily life, you are in the habit of running because you think happiness is impossible in the present. This is a habit that was handed down to you by your ancestors, by your parents. Happiness does not seem possible to you in the here and now, so you look for it in the distant future. The practice consists of stopping that habit of running. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1358:NO MUD, NO LOTUS Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means they are both transitory; they are always changing. The flower, when it wilts, becomes the compost. The compost can help grow a flower again. Happiness is also organic and impermanent by nature. It can become suffering and suffering can become happiness again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1359:People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1360:Shouting at someone is not the way to help. If you’ve already shouted, then realize that this is one of your unskillful behaviors. Go back to your in-breath and out-breath and say, I have to repair this. Then go to the other person and apologize, and tell yourself that next time you’ll try your best to remember beforehand and act differently. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1361:This is the nonduality principle of Buddhism: there is nothing to throw away. If a person has never suffered, he or she will never be able to know happiness. If a person does not know what hunger is, he or she will never know the joy of eating every day. Thus pain and suffering are a necessary condition of our understanding, of our happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1362:We tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our bodies is also food. The conversations going on around us, and those we participate in, are also food. Are we consuming and creating the kind of food that is healthy for us and helps us grow? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1363:You should have a chance to observe him when he sleeps. Look deeply, and see the tenderness that is revealed, the suffering, the hope, the despair that can be expressed during sleep. Sit there for fifteen minutes or half an hour, and just look. Understanding and compassion will arise in you, and you will know how to be there for your partner. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1364:I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order to become solid, and calm, and without fear. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1365:Refrain from discussing subjects that can destroy your awareness of the people around you and the food. If someone is thinking about something other than the good food on the table, such as his difficulties in the office or with friends, it means he is losing the present moment and the food. You can help by returning his attention to the meal. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1366:The Buddha said this: "The object of your practice should first of all be yourself. Your love for the other, your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself." If you are not able to take care of yourself, if you are not able to accept yourself, how could you accept another person and how could you love him or her? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1367:When anger comes up in us, we should begin to practice mindful breathing right away: “Breathing in, I know that anger is in me. Breathing out, I am taking good care of my anger.” We behave exactly like a mother: “Breathing in, I know that my child is crying. Breathing out, I will take good care of my child.” This is the practice of compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1368:When you produce a thought that is full of understanding, forgiveness, and compassion, that thought will immediately have a healing effect on both your physical and mental health and on those around you. If you think a thought that is full of judgment and anger, that thought will immediately poison your body and mind and the people around you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1369:People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1370:A physicist who is able to see the interpenetration
and interbeing of elementary particles without
going beyond his or her intellect has, from the
viewpoint of Buddhist liberation, attained just a
decorative facade.
-Someone who studies Buddhism
without practicing meditation has also accumulated
knowledge only as decoration. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1371:The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. Our practice is to make ourselves ready for the kingdom so that it can manifest in the here and the now. You don't need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1372:This brings her a lot of joy and gives her life meaning. This can be true for all of us anytime, anywhere. Just saying a few words that make another person suffer less can give our lives meaning.
And it is something we can do anywhere.
When your life is meaningful, happiness becomes a reality and you become a bodhisattva right here and now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1373:The Four Establishments of Mindfulness are the foundation of our dwelling place. Without them, our house is abandoned; no one is sweeping, dusting or tidying up. Our body becomes unkempt, or feelings full of suffering, and our mind a heap of afflictions. When we are truly home, our body, mind, and feelings will be a refuge for ourselves and others. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1374:According to the Buddha’s teachings, the most basic condition for happiness is freedom. Here we do not mean political freedom, but freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy, and delusion. These mental formations are described by the Buddha as poisons. As long as these poisons are still in our heart, happiness cannot be possible. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1375:Each day forty thousand children die of hunger. The superpowers now have more than fifty thousand nuclear warheads, enough to destroy our planet many times. Yet the sunrise is beautiful, and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle. Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1376:Sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful eating are good opportunities for resting. When you feel agitated, if you are able to go to a park or a garden, it is an opportunity for rest. If you walk slowly and remember to take it easy, if you are able to sit and do nothing from time to time, you can rest deeply and enter a state of true ease. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1377:Many of us live like dead people because we live without awareness. We carry our dead bodies with us and circulate throughout the world. We are pulled into the past or we are pulled forward into the future or we are caught by our projects or our despair and anger. We are not truly alive; we are not inhabited by awareness of the miracle of being alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1378:Desirelessness is the basic condition that makes possible the feelings of joy, peace, and ease that come with living a simple life. Simplicity means to have few desires, to be content with a simple life and just a few possessions. Desirelessness is the basis of true happiness, because in true happiness there must be the elements of peace, joy, and ease. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1379:We know that if we eat a certain food, it will upset our digestion, but we still eat it. The way out is to beware of the superficial appearance. From outside, something may look very pleasant. But we have to look deeper and use that deep understanding to see the superficial aspects of the object of our desire. Our understanding can overcome our cravings. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1380:Meditation consists of generating three kinds of energy: mindfulness, concentration, and insight. These three energies give us power to nourish happiness and take care of our suffering. Suffering may be there. But with the energy of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, we can embrace and take care of that suffering and nourish happiness at the same time. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1381:All love may begin by being passionate, especially for younger people. But in the process of living together, they have to learn and practice love, so that selfishness--the tendency to possess--will diminsh, and the elemetns of understanding and gratitude will settle in, little by little, until their love becomes nourishing, protecting, and reassuring," (41). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1382:the first six months, try only to build up your power of concentration, to create an inner calmness and serene joy. You will shake off anxiety, enjoy total rest, and quiet your mind. You will be refreshed and gain a broader, clearer view of things, and deepen and strengthen the love in yourself. And you will be able to respond more helpfully to all around you. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1383:truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. When we look into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower. No ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1384:When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, a fresh moment, and leave the past for a time when we can look at it compassionately. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1385:antes de que podamos hacer cambios significativos en nuestras vidas, hemos examinar nuestra dieta, nuestra forma de consumir. Hemos de vivir de manera que dejemos de consumir las cosas que no se envenenan y nos intoxican. Entonces tendremos la fuerza para permitir que aflore lo mejor de nosotros y ya no seremos víctimas de la ira y de la frustración nunca más . ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1386:If, in your mind, you think, “I wish this fellow would quit talking, so I could concentrate,” you have already lost your mindfulness. But if you think, instead, “If he wishes to talk, I will answer, but I will continue in mindfulness, aware of the fact that we are walking along this path together, aware of what we say, I can continue to watch my breath as well. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1387:Our true nature is the nature of no birth and no death. Only when we touch our true nature can we transcend the fear of non-being, the fear of annihilation. An American friend, whose name is Elly Kleinman, said to me "Nothing is born, nothing dies." Although he did not practice as a Buddhist but as a company owner, he found the same truth the Buddha discovered. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1388:Cultivate solidity. You are somebody; you are something. You are a positive factor for your family, for society, for the world. You have to recover yourself, to be yourself. You have to become solid again. You can practice solidity in everyday life. Every step, every breath you take should help you become more solid. When you have solidity, freedom is there too. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1389:A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it's not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1390:We should not be too proud of being vegetarian, for example. We must acknowledge that the water in which we boil our vegetables contain many microorganisms, not to mention the vegetables themselves, But even when we cannot be completely nonviolent, by being vegetarian we are going in the direction of nonviolence....Our effort is only to proceed in that direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1391:When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, a fresh moment, and leave the past for a time when we can look at it compassionately. We ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1392:According to the creation story in the biblical book of Genesis, God said, “Let there be light.” I like to imagine that light replied, saying, “God, I have to wait for my twin brother, darkness, to be with me. I can’t be there without the darkness.” God asked, “Why do you need to wait? Darkness is there.” Light answered, “In that case, then I am also already there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1393:What most people call power Buddhists call cravings. The five cravings are for wealth, fame, sex, fancy food, and lots of sleep. In Buddhism, we speak of the five true powers, five kinds of energy. The five powers are faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration, and insight. The five powers are the foundation of real happiness; they are based on concrete practices ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1394:Mindful observation is based on the principle of “non-duality”: our feeling is not separate from us or caused merely by something outside us; our feeling is us, and for the moment we are that feeling. We are neither drowned in nor terrorized by the feeling, nor do we reject it. Our attitude of not clinging to or rejecting our feelings is the attitude of letting go[.] ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1395:Even if two people have a baby together, they are still separate. Each of us remains in isolation. It’s not by living together, or by having sexual relations, or even by having children together that we can dispel this feeling of isolation. We can only dispel our mutual isolation when we practice mindfulness and are able to truly come home to ourselves and each other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1396:Discussing God is not the best use of our energy. If we touch the Holy Spirit, we touch God not as a concept but as a living reality. In Buddhism, we never talk about nirvana, because nirvana means the extinction of all notions, concepts, and speech. We practice by touching mindfulness in ourselves through sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and so on. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1397:if you like to spend a lot of your time at a café, it may not be because that particular café is so interesting. It may be because you’re afraid of being alone; you feel that you always have to be with other people. When you turn on the television, it may not be because there’s a fascinating program you want to see; it’s because you’re afraid of being alone with yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1398:Mindful consumption is the object of this precept. We are what we consume. If we look deeply into the items that we consume every day, we will come to know our own nature very well. We have to eat, drink, consume, but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy our bodies and our consciousness, showing ingratitude toward our ancestors, our parents, and future generations (66). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1399:Người giải thoát là người không kẹt vào sự tham đắm mà cũng không kẹt vào chán ghét. Tham đắm và chán ghét đều là những sợi dây ràng buộc. Người tự do là người vượt thoát cả tham đắm lẫn chán ghét. Do sự vượt thoát đó, người ấy an trú trong tịnh lạc. Niềm hạnh phúc của người đó không thể nào đo lường được. Những cố chấp về vô thường và vô ngã cũng không có mặt nơi người ấy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1400:Often our perceptions are incorrect. We get in touch with an object and think that it embodies love, happiness, a self, or purity. We tend to think that love is something sentimental that will fill the emptiness inside us. We blame our suffering on another person or group, or on bad luck, but outside conditions are not the reason it appears. Our suffering was already there. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1401:If your love is true love, it will benefit not only humans, but also animals, plants, and minerals. When you love one person, it’s an opportunity for you to love everyone, all beings. Then you are going in a good direction, and that is true love. But if you love someone and you get caught up in suffering and attachment, then you get cut off from others. That’s not true love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1402:You can sit down with that fearful child inside and be gentle with him or her. You might say something like this: “Dear little child, I am your adult self. I would like to tell you that we are no longer a baby, helpless and vulnerable. We have strong hands and strong feet; we can very well defend ourselves. So there is no reason why we have to continue to be fearful anymore. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1403:With our faith in our community of two or more, we can go anywhere.When the three roots of faith, practice, and community support have fed us deeply, then we will be solid both alone and in our relationships. We will not just survive; we will flourish. Often in our daily lives, we are just focused on survival. But fidelity is not a question of survival. It is one of vitality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1404:Debes saber cómo desembarazarte de las cosas que te hacen sufrir. Puedes alcanzar la felicidad soltando…, soltando incluso tus ideas sobre la felicidad. Quizás creas que para ser feliz debes cumplir determinados requisitos, pero, si observas profundamente, descubrirás que son precisamente esas mismas nociones las que te impiden alcanzar la felicidad y acaban haciéndote sufrir. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1405:If you feel irritation or depression or despair, recognize their presence and practice this mantra: "Dear one, I am here for you." You should talk to your depression or your anger as you would to a child. You embrace it tenderly with the energy of mindfulness and say, "Dear one, I know you are there, and I am going to take care of you," just as you would with your crying baby. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1406:Often, our pride stands in the way of our asking for help. In true love there is no place for pride. To love each other means to trust each other. If you don’t tell the person you love of your suffering, it means you don’t love this person enough to trust her. You have to realize that this person is the best person to help you. We need to be able to get help from the person we ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1407:The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1408:THE FIVE CONTEMPLATIONS This food is the gift of the whole universe, the Earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we eat in such a way as to be worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat in moderation. May we take only food that nourishes us and prevents illness. We accept this food in order to realize the path of understanding and love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1409:When you lose a loved one, you suffer. But if you know how to look deeply, you have a chance to realize that his or her nature is truly the nature of no birth, no death. There is manifestation and there is the cessation of manifestation in order to have another manifestation. You have to be very keen and very alert in order to recognize the new manifestations of just one person. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1410:Self-love is the foundation for your capacity to love the other person. If you don’t take good care of yourself, if you are not happy, if you are not peaceful, you cannot make the other person happy. You cannot help the other person; you cannot love. Your capacity for loving another person depends entirely on your capacity for loving yourself, for taking care of yourself. Healing ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1411:When a feeling or thought arises, your intention should not be to chase it away, even if by continuing to concentrate on the breath the feeling or thought passes naturally from the mind. The intention isn't to chase it away, hate it, worry about it, or be frightened by it. So what exactly should you be doing concerning such thoughts and feelings? Simply acknowledge their presence. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1412:It’s like when you’re flying in an airplane. Whenever severe turbulence comes along, the seatbelt keeps you from getting thrown around the cabin. Mindful breathing is your seatbelt in everyday life—it keeps you safe here in the present moment. If you know how to breathe, how to sit calmly and quietly, how to do walking meditation, then you have your seatbelt and you’re always safe. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1413:To be enlightened is always to be enlightened about something. I am enlightened about the fact that I am drinking a glass of water. I can obtain joy, peace, and happiness just because of that enlightenment. When you look at the blue sky and are aware of it, the sky becomes real, and you become real. That is enlightenment, and enlightenment brings about true life and true happiness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1414:If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1415:Half-smile when you first wake up in the morning Hang a branch, any other sign, or even the word “smile” on the ceiling or wall so that you see it right away when you open your eyes. This sign will serve as your reminder. Use these seconds before you get out of bed to take hold of your breath. Inhale and exhale three breaths gently while maintaining the half smile. Follow your breaths. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1416:When we embrace anger and take good care of our anger, we obtain relief. We can look deeply into it and gain many insights. The first insight may be that the seed of anger in us has grown a little too big, and it is the main cause of our misery. As we begin to see this fact, we realize that the other person is only a secondary cause. The other person is not the main cause of our anger. If ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1417:Thus, by overcoming revulsion and fear, life will be seen as infinitely precious, every second of it worth living. And it is not just our own lives that are recognized as precious, but the lives of every other person, every other person, every other being, every other reality. We can no longer be deluded by the notion that the destruction of others’ lives is necessary for our own survival. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1418:For example, the sound of the telephone can make us irritated and anxious. That is the sound of the telephone which comes as a result of past actions and afflictions. If, however, we practice and acknowledge the sound of the telephone as a bell of mindfulness, then when the telephone rings we shall know how to bring our mind back to our breathing, smile, and make our mind and body peaceful. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1419:We have created a society in which the rich become richer and the poor become poorer, and in which we are so caught up in our own immediate problems that we cannot afford to be aware of what is going on with the rest of the human family or our planet Earth. In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over a few seeds of grain, unaware that in a few hours they will all be killed. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1420:You have to teach the child in you. You have to invite him to come with you and live life with you in the present moment. Of course, we can mindfully reflect upon and learn from the past, but when we do this we stay grounded in the present moment. If we are well grounded in the present moment, we can look skillfully at the past and learn from it without being sucked in and overwhelmed by it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1421:What most people call power Buddhists call cravings. The five cravings are for wealth, fame, sex, fancy food, and lots of sleep. In Buddhism, we speak of the five true powers, five kinds of energy. The five powers are faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration, and insight. The five powers are the foundation of real happiness; they are based on concrete practices we will learn in this book. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1422:Your breathing should flow gracefully,
like a river, like a watersnake crossing
the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1423:Anger is like a howling baby, suffering and crying. The baby needs his mother to embrace him. You are the mother for your baby, your anger. The moment you begin to practice breathing mindfully in and out, you have the energy of a mother, to cradle and embrace the baby. Just embracing your anger, just breathing in and breathing out, that is good enough. The baby will feel relief right away. All ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1424:The most precious inheritance parents can leave their children is their own happiness. Parents’ happiness is the most valuable gift they can give their children. Your children can use those lessons the whole of their lives. You may not be able to leave them money, houses, and land, but you can help them be happy people. If we have happy parents, we have received the richest inheritance of all. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1425:Nếu ta không sử dụng năng lực của tuổi trẻ để thực hiện điều ta mong ước thì không mấy chốc tuổi già sẽ đến và ta sẽ hối tiếc, với lại, cuộc sống rất vô thường. Cái khổ của sinh lão bệnh tử luôn luôn rình rập ta. Những ngọn lửa phiền não nội tâm như tham vọng, giận dữ, oán thù, si mê, ganh ghét, và kiêu mạn đang nung nấu tâm hồn ta. Ta chỉ có thể đạt tới an lạc thật sự nếu ta tìm được con đường. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1426:One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our parents. Carried away by our worries, we’re unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can’t really be happy just yet—that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1427:If at some point in your life you adopt an idea or a perception as the absolute truth, you close the door of your mind. This is the end of seeking the truth. And not only do you no longer seek the truth, but even if the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you refuse to open it.
Attachment to views, attachment to ideas, attachment to perceptions are the biggest obstacle to the truth. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1428:Spirituality is not religion. It is a path for us to generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply each moment of our life. Having a spiritual dimension in our lives does not mean escaping life or dwelling in a place of bliss outside this world but discovering ways to handle life’s difficulties and generate peace, joy, and happiness right where we are, on this beautiful planet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1429:[Thich Nhat Hanh] the one that revolutionized Buddhism. Instead of being monks just engaged in meditation, it was active Buddhism. You went out and felt the ills of the community around you. Instead of retreating to a monastery, you were out in the streets working. And he's been a great help to me, just reading his book, so I don't feel helpless about what I can do about all the violence around me. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
1430:When you practice looking deeply, you see your true nature of no birth, no death; no being, no non-being; no coming, no going; no same, no different. When you see this, you are free from fear. You are free from craving and free from jealousy. No fear is the ultimate joy. When you have the insight of no fear, you are free. And like the great beings, you ride serenely on the waves of birth and death. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1431:Dù các bạn có sinh lên cõi trời đi nữa thì những đau khổ trên trần gian vẫn còn nguyên vẹn. Chúng ta tu đạo tức là đi tìm phương thuốc giải khổ cho cuộc đời chứ không phải tìm cách trốn tránh cuộc đời. Đã đành là nếu ta o bế thân thể ta như những người chủ trương ăn chơi kia, thì ta không giúp được gì cho cuộc đời, nhưng nếu ta hành hạ thân thể ta, ta cũng chẳng giúp được gì hơn cho cuộc đời là mấy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1432:Look deeply at your anger, as you would look at your own child. Don’t reject it or hate it. The point of meditation is not to turn yourself into a battlefield, one side opposing the other. Conscious breathing soothes and calms the anger, and mindfulness penetrates it. Anger is just an energy, and all energies can be transformed. Meditation is the art of using one kind of energy to transform another. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1433:Thich Nhat Hanh has the ability to express some of the most profound teachings of interdependence and emptiness I've ever heard. With the eloquence of a poet, he holds up a sheet of paper and teaches us that the rain cloud and the tree and the logger who cut the tree down are all there in the paper. He's been one of the most significant carriers of the lamp of the dharma to the West that we have had. ~ Jack Kornfield,
1434:When we look deeply and honestly at our own suffering, energies, and views, we find a peace that comes from being comfortable in our own bodies. But our true home is not only inside us. Once we have become comfortable in ourselves, then we can begin listening deeply to the suffering of our loved ones, and begin understanding their experiences and views. Then we can become a true home for each other. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1435:Understanding is a gift. The other person may feel understood for the first time. Understanding is the other name of love. If you don’t understand, you can’t love. If you don’t understand your son, you can’t love him. If you don’t understand your mother, you can’t love her. To offer understanding means to offer love. Without understanding, the more we love, the more we make ourselves and others suffer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1436:When you begin to practice mindfulness, you begin as a part-time Buddha. Slowly you become a full-time Buddha. Sometimes you are a Buddha; sometimes you fall back; and then, with steady practice, you become a Buddha once again. Buddhahood is within reach because, like the Buddha, you’re a human being. You can become a Buddha whenever you like. Buddha is available in the here and now, anytime, anywhere. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1437:We may have suffered a lot because of our attachment to those things, but we don’t have the courage to release them; it doesn’t feel safe to do so. But it may be that we continue to suffer because of our attachment to those things. It may be a person, a material object, or a position in society, anything. We think that without that person or thing we will not be safe, and that is why we’re caught by it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1438:Your good intentions are not enough; you have to be artful. We may be filled with goodwill; we may be motivated by the desire to make the other person happy, but out of our clumsiness, we make them unhappy. Walking, eating, breathing, talking, and working are all opportunities to practice creating happiness inside you and around you. Mindful living is an art, and each of us has to train to be an artist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1439:Your good intentions are not enough; you have to be artful. We may be filled with goodwill; we may be motivated by the desire to make the other person happy; but out of our clumsiness, we make them unhappy. Walking, eating, breathing, talking, and working are all opportunities to practice creating happiness inside you and around you. Mindful living is an art, and each of us has to train to be an artist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1440:Don’t throw away your suffering. Touch your suffering. Face it directly, and your joy will become deeper. You know that suffering and joy are both impermanent. Learn the art of cultivating joy. Practice like this, and you come to the third turning of the Third Noble Truth, the “Realization” that suffering and happiness are not two. When you reach this stage, your joy is no longer fragile. It is true joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1441:Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1442:The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. Practicing conscious breathing, aware of each thought and each act, we are reborn, fully alive, in the present moment. We needn’t abandon our hope entirely, but unless we channel our energies toward being aware of what is going on in the present moment, we might not discover the peace and happiness that are available right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1443:The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk. You have an opportunity to practice deep, compassionate listening. If you can listen to the other person with compassion, your listening is like a salve for her wound. In the practice of compassionate listening, you listen with only one purpose, which is to give the other person the chance to speak out and to suffer less. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1444:it’s nice if everyone sits down together to enjoy three sounds of the bell, nine times of breathing in and out. People practicing breathing with a small bell in this way are able to enjoy much peace and harmony together. That is what I call true civilization. You don’t need a lot of modern gadgets in order to be civilized. You need only a small bell, a quiet space, and your mindful in-breath and out-breath. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1445:The leaf has the appearance of being born and dying, but it is not caught in either. The leaf falls to the earth without any idea of dying, and is born again by decomposing at the foot of the tree and nourishing the tree. The cloud has the appearance of dying in becoming rain, but it feels no sorrow or pain.
[...] When we have awakened understanding, birth is a continuation and death is a continuation[.] ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1446:Some people do not even want to look at a person when the person is alive, but when the person dies they write eloquent obituaries and make offerings of flowers. At that point the person has died and cannot really enjoy the fragrance of the flowers anymore. If we really understood and remembered that life was impermanent, we would do everything we could to make the other person happy right here and right now. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1447:Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. If we are at war with our parents, our family, our society, or our church, there is probably a war going on inside us also, so the most basic work for peace is to return to ourselves and create harmony among the elements within us—our feelings, our perceptions, and our mental states. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1448:People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one's perception of reality, a barrier which Buddhism calls the attachment to the false view of self.
Attachment to the false view of self means belief in the presence of unchanging entities which exist on their own. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1449:Throughout our life we produce energy. We say things and do things, and every thought, every word, and every act carries our signature. What we produce as thoughts, as speech, as action, continues to influence the world, and that is our continuation body. Our actions carry us into the future. We are like stars whose light energy continues to radiate across the cosmos millions of years after they become extinct. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1450:When we talk about the theology of “God is dead,”
this means that the notion of God must be dead in order
for God to reveal himself as a reality. The theologians, if
they only use concepts, words, and not direct
experience, are not very helpful. The same goes for
nirvana, which is something to be touched and lived and
not discussed and described. We have notions that
distort truth, reality. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1451:Por consiguiente nadie muere, por el simple hecho de que en realidad nadie ha nacido. El momento de la concepción en el útero de nuestra madre no es el momento en que empezamos a existir. Existimos antes, en nuestra madre, en nuestro padre, en nuestros antepasados. No hemos surgido de la nada. Somos una continuación. Somos como el río en la superficie de la tierra, que es una continuación de la nube en del cielo. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1452:Before every meal, a monk or a nun recites the Five Contemplations: “This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that is worthy of this food. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially that of greed. May we eat only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. May we accept this food for the realization of the way of understanding and love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1453:Suppose you are in the desert, and you only have one glass of muddy water. You have to transform the muddy water into clear water to drink, you cannot just throw it away. So you let it settle for a while, and clear water will appear. In the same way, we have to convert anger into some kind of energy that is more constructive, because anger is you. Without anger you have nothing left. That is the work of meditation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1454:The second element of true love is compassion. Compassion is the capacity to understand the suffering in oneself and in the other person. If you understand your own suffering, you can help him to understand his suffering. Understanding suffering brings compassion and relief. You can transform your own suffering and help transform the suffering of the other person with the practice of mindfulness and looking deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1455:Because we know that our feelings are ourselves, we do not neglect or overrule them. We embrace them affectionately in the arms of mindfulness, as a mother embraces her newborn child when it cries. A mother embraces the child with all her love for the child to feel comforted and stop crying. Mindfulness nourished by conscious breathing takes the feelings in its arms, becomes one with them, calms and transforms them. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1456:The person you love has all kinds of seeds in her: joy, suffering, and anger. If you water her anger, then in just five minutes you can bring the anger out in her. If you know how to water the seeds of her compassion, joy, and understanding, then these seeds will blossom. If you recognize the good seeds in her, you are watering her self-confidence and she will become the source of her own happiness as well as yours. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1457:We who have touched war have a duty to bring the truth about war to those who have not had a direct experience of it. We are the light at the tip of the candle. It is really hot, but it has the power of shining and illuminating. If we practice mindfulness, we will know how to look deeply into the nature of war and, with our insight, wake people up so that together we can avoid repeating the same horrors again and again. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1458:Nowadays, people, lovers, don’t write letters to each other anymore. They just pick up the phone and say, “Are you free tonight? Shall we go out?” That’s all, and you have nothing to keep. That is a pity. We must learn to write love letters again. Write to your beloved one, he may be your father or your son. She may be your daughter, your mother, your sister, or your friend. Take time to write down your gratitude and love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1459:Our body is a masterpiece of the cosmos. Our body carries within it the stars, the moon, the universe, and the presence of all our ancestors. How many millions of years of evolution has it taken to give rise to these wondrous two eyes, legs, feet, and hands? Countless life-forms are supporting our existence in this moment. Reconnecting with our physical body takes only a few moments of stopping and breathing with awareness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1460:There is a power called kshanti, or capacity, and we all have it. The capacity to be happy is very precious. Someone who is able to be happy even when confronted with difficulties, has the capacity to offer light and a sense of joy to herself and to those around her. When we are near someone like this, we feel happy, also. Ask yourself, “Am I like that?” At first glance, you might think not. The seed is there. Practice joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1461:COMPASSION The second element of true love is compassion. Compassion is the capacity to understand the suffering in oneself and in the other person. If you understand your own suffering, you can help him to understand his suffering. Understanding suffering brings compassion and relief. You can transform your own suffering and help transform the suffering of the other person with the practice of mindfulness and looking deeply. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1462:Happiness is impermanent, like everything else. In order for happiness to be extended and renewed, you have to learn how to feed your happiness. Nothing can survive without food, including happiness; your happiness can die if you don’t know how to nourish it. If you cut a flower but you don’t put it in some water, the flower will wilt in a few hours. Even if happiness is already manifesting, we have to continue to nourish it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1463:You may learn that your partner has many wrong perceptions about you and about the situation, but try not to interrupt. Let her speak. Let her have a chance to speak out everything in her so she can feel listened to and understood. As your partner speaks, continue to breathe mindfully. Later on you may find a way to undo her misunderstanding, little by little in a very skillful, loving way, and mutual understanding will grow. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1464:The problem that faces us is the problem of awakening. What we lack is not an ideology or doctrine that will save the world. What we lack is mindfulness of what we are, of what our situation really is. We need to wake up in order to rediscover our human sovereignty. We are riding a horse that is running out of control. The way of salvation is a new culture in which human beings are encouraged to rediscover their deepest nature. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1465:If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child - This is the true practice of love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1466:When we’re angry, our anger is our very self. To suppress or chase away our anger is to suppress or chase away ourselves. When we’re joyful, we are joy. When we’re angry, we are anger. When we love, we are love. When we hate, we are hatred. When anger is born, we can be aware that anger is an energy in us, and we can change that energy into another kind of energy. If we want to transform it, first we have to know how to accept it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1467:But work is life only when done in mindfulness. otherwise, one becomes life the person "who lives as though dead." We need to light our own torch in order to carry on. But the life of each one of us is connected with the life of those around us. If we know how to live in mindfulness, if we know how to preserve and care for our own mind and heart then thanks to that our brothers and sisters will also know how to live in mindfulness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1468:The place and the food should be appropriate. What we eat is very important. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are.
We are what we consume. If we look deeply into what and how much we consume every day, we’ll come to know our own nature very well. We have to eat, drink, and consume, but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy
our body and our consciousness. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1469:Emperor Wu asked Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism in China, how much merit he had earned by building temples all over the country. Bodhidharma said, “None whatsoever.” But if you wash one dish in mindfulness, if you build one small temple while dwelling deeply in the present moment — not wanting to be anywhere else, not caring about fame or recognition — the merit from that act will be boundless, and you will feel very happy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1470:Each of us is like the waves and also like the water. Sometimes we’re excited, noisy, and agitated like the waves. Sometimes we’re tranquil like still water. When water is calm, it reflects the blue sky, the clouds, and the trees. Sometimes, whether we’re at home, work, or school, we become tired, agitated, or unhappy and we need to transform into calm water. We already have calmness in us; we just need to know how to make it manifest. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1471:If you take a handful of salt and pour it into a small bowl of water, the water in the bowl will be too salty to drink. But if you pour the same amount of salt into a large river, people will still be able to drink the river's water.

If your heart is small, one unjust word or act will make you suffer. But if your heart is large, if you have understanding and compassion, that word or deed will not have the power to make you suffer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1472:It’s like when you climb a ladder. When you get to the fourth rung, you may think you are on the highest step and cannot go higher, so you hold on to the fourth rung. But in fact there is a fifth rung; if you want to get to it, you have to be willing to abandon the fourth rung. Ideas and perceptions should be abandoned all the time, to make room for better ideas and truer perceptions. This is why we must always ask ourselves, “Am I sure? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1473:Many of us think of our daily nourishment only in terms of what we eat. But in fact, there are four kinds of food that we consume every day. They are: edible food (what we put in our mouths to nourish our bodies), sensory food (what we smell, hear, taste, feel, and touch), volition (the motivation and intention that fuels us), and consciousness (this includes our individual consciousness, the collective consciousness, and our environment). ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1474:Maybe we too are living like dead people. We move about life in our own corpse because we are not touching life in depth. We live a kind of artificial life, with lots of plans, lots of worries and anger. Never are we able to establish ourselves in the here and now and live our lives deeply. We have to wake up! We have to make it possible for the moment of awareness to manifest. This is the practice that will save us—this is the revolution. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1475:So the place where you should look for the kingdom of God or the Pure Land of the Buddha, the place where you should look for your happiness, your peace, and your fulfillment, has to be in the present moment. It’s so simple and clear. But since we have the tendency to slide back into the past or to run into the future, we have to recognize that habit and learn how to be free from it to really establish ourselves in the present moment. When ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1476:I take my time. I want to be myself. I don’t deny myself in the here and now. This is our practice—we call it aimlessness. We don’t put a goal in front of ourselves and run after it constantly. If we do, we’ll be running all our life and never be happy. Happiness is possible only when you stop running and cherish the present moment and who you are. Who you are is already a wonder; you don’t need to be someone else. You are a wonder of life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1477:Người thật sự biết sống một mình là người biết an trú trong chánh niệm. Người ấy ý thức được những gì đang xảy ra trong thân thể, trong cảm giác, trong tâm ý và nơi những đối tượng của tâm ý. Người ấy biết quán chiếu sự sống trong giờ phút hiện tại, không tìm về quá khứ, không tưởng tới tương lai, vì quá khứ thì không còn mà tương lai thì chưa tới. Sự sống chỉ có mặt trong giờ phút hiện tại. Nếu ta bỏ giờ phút hiện tại, ta đánh mất sự sống. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1478:Before every meal, a monk or a nun recites the Five Contemplations: “This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that is worthy of this food. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially that of greed. May we eat only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. May we accept this food for the realization of the way of understanding and love.” Then we can look at the food ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1479:Listen Bhikkhus, just as a buffalo boy recognizes each of his own buffaloes, a bhikkhu recognizes each of the essential elements of his own body. Just as a buffalo boy knows the characteristics and tendencies of each buffalo, a bhikkhu knows which actions of body, speech, and mind are worthy and which are not. Just as a buffalo boy scrubs his animals clean, a bhikkhu must cleanse his mind and body of desires, attachments, anger, and aversions. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1480:When there is mist on the mountains, it is beautiful, and when there is no mist, it is also beautiful. All four seasons are beautiful. [...] There is nothing to stop you from being in touch with life in the present moment. The question is, Do you have eyes that can see the sunset, feet that can touch the earth? [...]
Don't think that happiness will be possible only when conditions around you become perfect. Happiness lies in your own heart. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1481:Love needs to be nurtured and fed to survive; and our suffering also survives because we enable and feed it. We ruminate on suffering, regret, and sorrow. We chew on them, swallow them, bring them back up, and eat them again and again. If we’re feeding our suffering while we’re walking, working, eating, or talking, we are making ourselves victims of the ghosts of the past, of the future, or our worries in the present. We’re not living our lives. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1482:The five remembrances are: 1.  I am of the nature to grow old. I cannot escape growing old. 2.  I am of the nature to have ill health. I cannot escape having ill health. 3.  I am of the nature to die. I cannot escape death. 4.  All that is dear to me, and everyone I love, are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. 5.  I inherit the results of my acts of body, speech, and mind. My actions are my continuation. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1483:We don’t use our energy for the practice of transforming our afflictions and helping to relieve suffering in others and ourselves. One day, we’ll be lying down on the bed, and even if we want nothing more than just to stand up and take one step, we won’t be able to do it. That’s why we must see right in the present moment that, having a body, surely we will get sick one day. Seeing this, naturally we will drop our arrogance about our good health. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1484:We have to look deeply to see how we grow our food, so we can eat in ways that preserve our collective well-being, minimize our suffering and the suffering of other species, and allow the earth to continue to be a source of life for all of us. If, while we eat, we destroy living beings or the environment, we are eating the flesh of our own sons and daughters. We need to look deeply together and discuss how to eat, what to eat, and what to resist. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1485:Everyone wants to be happy, and there is a strong energy in us pushing us toward what we think will make us happy. But we may suffer a lot because of this. We need the insight that position, revenge, wealth, fame, or possessions are, more often than not, obstacles to our happiness. We need to cultivate the wish to be free of these things so we can enjoy the wonders of life that are always available — the blue sky, the trees, our beautiful children. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1486:The most powerful antidotes to cruelty, abuse, and indifference are not anger and sadness, but love, peace, joy, and openhearted creative enthusiasm for this precious gift of a human life. Just as Thich Nhat Hanh has wisely said that without inner peace, we cannot contribute to the peace movement, so it is also that without inner freedom, we cannot contribute to the liberation of animals, which is the essential prerequisite to meaningful human freedom. ~ Will Tuttle,
1487:We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love. We must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the person we love. This is the ground of real love. You cannot resist loving another person when you really understand him or her. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1488:...When I look at the full moon, I breathe in and out deeply and say, "Full moon, I know you are there, and I am very happy." I do the same with the morning star. When you contemplate a beautiful sunset, if you are really there, you will recognize and appreciate it deeply. Whenever you are truly there, you can recognize and appreciate the presence of the other, whether that is full moon, the North Star, the magnolia flowers, or the person you love... ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1489:To be beautiful means to be yourself.You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don't try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1490:To take good care of ourselves, we must go back and take care of the wounded child inside of us. You have to practice going back to your wounded child every day. You have to embrace him or her terderly, like a big brother or a big sister. You have to talk to him, talk to her. And you can write a letter to the Little child in you, of two or three pages, to that you recognize his or her presence, and will do everything you can to heal his or her wounds. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1491:The philosopher Vatsigotra asked, “Is there a self?” and the Buddha did not say anything. Vatsigotra persisted, “Do you mean there is no self?” but the Buddha still did not reply. Finally, Vatsigotra left. Ananda, the Buddha’s attendant, was puzzled. “Lord, you always teach that there is no self. Why did you not say so to Vatsigotra?” The Buddha told Ananda that he did not reply because Vatsigotra was looking for a theory, not a way to remove obstacles. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1492:To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1493:We have six sense organs that can be in contact with the world outside, and with all the “worlds” inside. The six organs are our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. These organs are like sensors hooked up to a computer. When you get in touch with an image, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch, or a thought, your mind receives that signal and immediately goes through material stored in the subconscious, searching for any connection to the sensory input. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1494:I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. They are the ground upon which I stand. To ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1495:Many people have the desire to let go, but they’re not able to do so because they don’t yet have enough insight; they haven’t seen other alternatives, other doorways to peace and happiness. Fear is an element that prevents us from letting go. We’re fearful that if we let go we’ll have nothing else to cling to. Letting go is a practice; it’s an art. One day, when you’re strong enough and determined enough, you’ll let go of the afflictions that make you suffer. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1496:There is no reason why mindfulness should be different from focusing all one’s attention on one’s work, to be alert and to be using one’s best judgment. During the moment one is consulting, resolving, and dealing with whatever arises, a calm heart and self-control are necessary if one is to obtain good results. Anyone can see that. If we are not in control of ourselves but instead let our impatience or anger interfere, then our work is no longer of any value. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1497:When we’re still young, many of us are determined to be different from our parents. We say we’ll never make our children suffer. But when we grow up we tend to behave just like our parents, and we make others suffer because, like our ancestors, we don’t know how to handle the energies we’ve inherited. We’ve received many positive and negative seeds from our parents and ancestors. They transmitted their habit to us because they didn’t know how to transform it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1498:Bụt đã ghi dấu chân trên mọi nẻo đường hành hóa. Đi đâu đại đức cũng sẽ dẫm lên dấu chân của người. Đường xưa còn đó, những đám mây trắng vẫn còn, nếu mình bước một bước trên con đường nầy, bước với tâm trạng an hòa và tỉnh thức, thì con đường xưa và những đám mây trắng cũ sẽ mầu nhiệm biến thành con đường hôm nay và những đám mây trắng trong hiện tại. Những đám mây trắng ngày xưa còn đó và con đường ngày xưa hiện thực nằm dưới chân ta. (trích ĐXMT, trang 675) ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1499:Look at the tree in the front yard. The tree doesn’t seem to be doing anything. It stands there, vigorous, fresh, and beautiful, and everyone profits from it. That’s the miracle of being. If a tree were less than a tree, all of us would be in trouble. But if a tree is just a real tree, then there’s hope and joy. That’s why if you can be yourself, that is already action. Action is based on non-action; action is being. There are people who do a lot, but who also ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,
1500:If you live without awareness it is the same as being dead. You cannot call that kind of existence being alive. Many of us live like dead people because we live without awareness. We carry our dead bodies with us and circulate throughout the world. We are pulled into the past or we are pulled forward into the future or we are caught by our projects or our despair and anger. We are not truly alive; we are not inhabited by awareness of the miracle of being alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh,

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