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425 Inspiring Quotes by Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Wikipedia Summary for Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh (Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ]; born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on 11 October 1926) is a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition.

Thích Nhất Hạnh spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France near Thénac, 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 39-year exile, he was permitted to visit Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his "root temple", Từ Hiếu Temple, near Huế.

Nhất Hạnh has published over 130 books, including more than 100 in English which have sold over 5 million worldwide. He is active in the peace movement and deep ecology, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and raising awareness of the interconnectedness of all elements in nature. He is the founder of the largest monastic order in the West. He also refrains from consuming animal products, as a means of nonviolence toward animals.


aerial photography of pine trees

Go slowly, breathe and smile.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh




red flower in white background

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue rose with water droplet

We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body.

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person holding brown sand close-up photography

Know that life can only be found in the present moment.

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sea during daytime

You are me, and I am you. Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"? You cultivate the flower in yourself, so that I will be beautiful. I transform the garbage in myself, so that you will not have to suffer.

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purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Seeds can produce seeds. Seeds can produce formations. Formations can produce seeds. Formations can produce formations.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

yellow sunflower on white wall

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.


lion on green grass during golden hour

When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



grey sand wave

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.

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group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown and black tiger near body of water

To live in the present moment is a miracle.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



cluster of stars in the sky

Even if we cannot be completely non-voilent, by being vegetarian we are going in the direction of non-voilence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink tulip flower

Meditation means to look deeply, to touch deeply, so we can realize we are already home.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

backdrop

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue and white abstract painting

I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh





aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

When we are present, life is also present.

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red rose

Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.

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sea during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

long exposure photography of lights

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.

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rocks on sea side at daytime

My actions are my only true belongings.

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Longer Version:

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.



body of water under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white and blue building under clear sky

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.

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body of water during daytime

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.

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Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

black and white butterfly on green leaf

One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.

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red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow

because even today I still arrive.

Look at me: I arrive in every second

to be a bud on a spring branch,

to be a tiny bird whose wings are still fragile,

learning to sing in my new nest,

to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,

to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.



body of water under blue sky during sunset

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


blue painted wall with white paint

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green palm plant

Each moment you are alive is a gem. It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

calm ocean

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white flowers in brown stem

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry, to fear and to hope. The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that is alive.

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white concrete wall during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


toddlers standing outdoors

The 7 factors of enlightenment: mindfullness, investigation of mental objects, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

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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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

sunset

Today is the most important day of our lives.

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pink

Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance.

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backdrop

In Buddhist culture, offering food to the monk symbolizes the action of goodness, and if you have no opportunity to support the practice of spirituality, then you are somehow left in the realm of darkness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

close up photography of moon

A smile can change the situation of the world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink petaled flower

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.

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red rose

The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

four white balloons on white wall

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.

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landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

No single tradition monopolizes the truth. We must glean the best values of all traditions and work together to remove the tensions between traditions in order to give peace a chance.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



blue and white water waves

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

backdrop solid

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.

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shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh




bird in the sky

By taking a look at your anger it can be transformed into the kind of energy that you need -- understanding and compassion.

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four white balloons on white wall

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

Contemplate to see that awakened people, while not being enslaved by the work of serving living beings, never abandon their work of serving living beings.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

castle surrounded fog

If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


yellow green leaf

We all need a place that is safe and wholesome enough for us to return for refuge. In Buddhism, that refuge is mindfulness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

aerial view of green trees

You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

three boys running on field

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

photo of gray elephant on grass

Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

clear drinking glass with beer

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

island during daytime

To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living things with the eyes of compassion.

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orange rose in bloom close up photo

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of man

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue textile on brown wooden table

Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong.

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silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

One hour of compassionate deep listening can bring about transformation and healing.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

solid color

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silver bell alarm clock

There's no way I can be tossed around like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


rock formation surrounding by body of water

Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown rugby ball

Real love means loving kindness and compassion, the kind of love that does not have any conditions.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

seashore during daytime

We are always running, and it has become a habit. We struggle all the time, even during our sleep. We are at war with ourselves, and we can easily start a war with others.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

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orange and white floor tiles

Without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, then we cannot contribute to the peace movement.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink petaled flower field

The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


tan wallpaper

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.

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woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Life is only available in the present moment.

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pink rose in close up photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


pink and white clouds

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.

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selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

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.

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selective focus photography of stones on sand

Mother Earth is very talented.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown and white humming bird flying

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green trees on forest during daytime

There is a time for everything. There is a time when I sit down, I concentrate myself on the problem of my bills, but I would not worry before that. One thing at a time.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

yellow and white painted wall

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


selective focus of white flower

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

milky way wallpaper

The necessary condition for the existence of peace and joy is the awareness that peace and joy are available.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white wall paint with black shadow

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of off-road car

Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what's the use of seeing?

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purple and blue light illustration

Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom. To do this you have to learn to let go. Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries. That is the secret of walking meditation.

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brown textile in close up image

If you realize that the other person is a human being too, and you have exactly the same kind of spiritual path, and then the two can become good practitioners. This appears to be practical for both.

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brown grass field during daytime

The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green leaf tree on shore

May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day.

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silhouette of mountain during golden hour

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.

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white and yellow flower in close up photography

If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.

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purple and white light illustration

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

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.


Longer Version:

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).






photo of outer space

Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is made.

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white and black floral textile

Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body.

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white flowers in brown stem

There are two ways to wash the dishes. One way is to wash them to get them clean. The other way is to wash them in order to wash the dishes.

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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.

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closeup photography of black and brown bird

With understanding, those we love will certainly flower.

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man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness.

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high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

When the energy of compassion and love touches us, healing establishes itself.

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woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

If you really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red and black floral textile

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.

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wide lake over sunset view

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything.

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Longer Version:

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.


silhouette photography of person

If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.

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man standing on cliff under white sky

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.

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brown wallpaper

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



shallow focus photography of purple flower

‎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.

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calm ocean

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.

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body of water photo

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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.

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man and woman holding hands

Just listen Be peace.

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rock formation in body of water

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.

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couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion; great understanding goes with great compassion.

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pink and green flower painting

Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.

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The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.

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Longer Version:

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.


brown wallpaper

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.

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macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Compassion is a verb.

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sunset highway

If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.

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yellow painted wall

While washing dishes one should be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing dishes.

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close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path.

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milky way wallpaper

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.


Arizona landscape rain

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.

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silhouette of trees during nighttime

Wherever we are we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other and the wonder of our breathing.

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selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Choose to be in touch with what is wonderful, refreshing, and healing within yourself and around you.

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leafless tree under gray sky

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.

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couple sitting near trees during golden hour

To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides.

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low angle view of blue clouds

No one is more worthy of your kindness and compassion than you are.

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man in Burton shirt facing ocean

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.

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short-beak red bird on tree

I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.

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man on running field

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.

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person sleeping on gray gang chair

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.

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green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

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.

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view of mountaintops with clouds

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

person on road at sunset

We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness and strength so we can help transform the situation.

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man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

The Seven Factors of Awakening are mindfulness, investigation of phenomena, diligence, joy, ease, concentration, and letting go.

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brown sands

Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh






brown and black butterfly on pink flower

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


concert photos

Impermanence is very important, crucial for life. That is why instead of complaining about impermanence you have to say "Long live impermanence!

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

When you love someone, you want to share everything with him or her. So it is your duty to say, "I suffer and I want you to know" -- and he will, she will, appreciate it.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Meditation is not an escape from life... but preparation for really being in life.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red strawberry fruit on red surface

Our life is a manifestation, and we can very well make that manifestation beautiful and meaningful and have a good influence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

body of water during daytime

Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh






brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green and blue chevron textile

In each of us is a seed of understanding. The seed is God.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and prepare for a better future.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white pendant lamp

When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

None

Maybe we have enough technology to save the planet but it is not enough because the people are not ready.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

time lapse photography of fire

The larger your beloved community, the more you can accomplish in the world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green mountain ]

Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others will be possible.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


wallpaper

Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


black and white bird on seashore

Deep listening helps us to recognize the existence of wrong perceptions in the other person and wrong perceptions in us.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

aerial view of green trees

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

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. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.


black bird

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 inter-are.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


blue sky and white clouds

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



green leaf in close up photography

We still have not yet fully understood electrons and nuclei; for scientists, a speck of dust is very exciting. A particle of dust is a marvel.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green palm trees

It is possible to live happily in the here and the 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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green trees under white clouds

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue

Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

white and gray floral bed sheet

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


sunset dirt road

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

woman standing on sunflower field

The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

You need to have confidence that you have the capacity to become a Buddha, the capacity of transformation and healing.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

yellow and white color illustration

Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones -- this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

round Timex analog clock at 2:33

If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red and white led lighted heart decor

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue sky

Suffering has its beneficial aspects. It can be an excellent teacher.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

mountains under white mist at daytime

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink and white tulips on white surface

I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Embrace your suffering tenderly.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Our spiritual ancestors have also given birth to us, and they, tol, continue to give birth to us.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


road during night time

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there -- thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems -- then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvellous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.





yellow and purple flower with white background

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue white and red flag

I am here for you.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown tree branch during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


white textile in close up photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

purple flower on purple textile

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



purple and black skies

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

Our real enemy is not man; it's not another human being. Our real enemy is our ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving, and violence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red and white led lighted heart decor

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



red textile in close up photography

In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

I have lost my smile,
but don't worry.
The dandelion has it.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


city lights from hill

Ignorance is in each cell of our body and our consciousness. It's like a drop of ink diffused in a glass of water.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


yellow sunflower in glass vase

If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


body of water during daytime

Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


clear hour glass with brown frame

Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette photography of trees and sky

Every one of us has the capacity to love, to forgive, to understand, and to be compassionate.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


green leaf tree on shore

You need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

telescope

When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

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.


two person standing while watching sky

Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red blue yellow and red paint

If your love is only a will to possess, its not love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of people riding bicycle

If you're a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Mindfulness is to keep our consciousness alive to present reality.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


tree and pink sky painting

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

To love is, first of all, to accept ourselves as we actually are.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue and white painted wall

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Smile, breathe and go slowly." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk, author and peace activist.


man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink flower petals in macro photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green and blue chevron textile

Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

A smile makes you a master of yourself.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red tulip in bloom close up photo

Next time you have to make a decision, be sure to breathe in and out first.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

man in cowboy hat

People should learn how to just be there, doing nothing.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

sunset

Life is available only in the present moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


wallpaper plain

Everyday 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 how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

sunflowers

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown grass field during daytime

Do everything in mindfulness so you can really be there, so you can love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

empty gray floor beside pool

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

fawn pug lying on floor

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



feet in sand

Peace is every step.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of kneeling man

Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Sexuality should be accompanied by understanding and love. Without understanding and love, sex is empty.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


silhouette of stones during golden hour

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


plain background

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



brown rock formation

Fear is based on ignorance. Lack of understanding is also a primary cause of anger.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

brown sands

Whenever a painful feeling or emotion arises, we should be able to be present with it, not fight it, but recognize it.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

pink and white flower in close up photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

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.



photo of giraffe

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

Many Communist government officials have a rigid, dictatorial power, but they live in constant suspicion and fear of anything that might undermine the power they have.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


orange abstract painting

Every breath and every step can be nourishing and healing.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

trees at sunset

Poison cannot penetrate the hand that is free of wounds.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


purple flower in tilt shift lens

The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.


silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Your partner needs your attention and your watering of his or her positive seeds. Without that attention, your relationship will wither.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

shallow focus photo of white rose

We fall back into the past, we jump ahead into the future, and in this we lose our entire lives.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Love, understanding, courage, and acceptance are expressions of the life of Jesus.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Real peace is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

women's black and pink monokini

To practice nonviolence, first of all we must learn to deal peacefully with ourselves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

red textile in close up photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

two clown fishes underwater

Today, you can decide to walk in freedom. You can choose to walk differently. You can walk as a free person, enjoying every step.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

blue and white painted wall

When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


galaxy

When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair, there is no hope.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



red tulip in bloom close up photo

The whole cosmos has come together in order to help the flower manifest herself.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

It does not take more than one thoughtless phrase to hurt someone.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

shallow focus photography of books

Happiness is the cessation of suffering.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Our own life has to be our message.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



two gray pencils on yellow surface

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

toddlers standing outdoors

Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

clear drinking glass with beer

We can continue to learn generation after generation and now is time to begin to learn how to love in a non-discriminatory way because we are intelligent enough, but we are not loving enough as a species.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

green trees under white clouds

See that the most essential thing is life and that killing or oppressing one another will not solve anything.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

people near body of water

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

shorebird on pier

Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

In the garbage, I see a rose.
In the rose, I see the garbage. Everything is in transformation. Even permanence is impermanent.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Your body is not just yours. It is a gift and a responsibility.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


body of water under blue sky during daytime

We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh


closeup photo of white petaled flowers

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

We wish you a perfect day!