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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 how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, 1992)
The present moment
contains past and future.
The secret of transformation,
is in the way we handle this very moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Understanding Our Mind, 2006)
Freedom from suffering is a great happiness.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, 1991)
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 (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, 1992)
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 (Teachings on Love, 2005)
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 (Present Moment Wonderful Moment, 2007)
One included all, and all were contained in one.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, 1991)
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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. Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Interview with Oprah, 2010)
It's wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Talk at a College in Massachusetts, 2002)
The quality of our life
depends on the quality
of the seeds
that lie deep in our consciousness.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Understanding Our Mind, 2006)
Your smile affirms your awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. How many days slip by in forgetfulness? What are you doing with your life? Look deeply, and smile. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices, 2009)
Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.
Thich Nhat Hanh (The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation, 1999)
If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living, 2009)
The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, 1991)
You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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 (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, 1992)
You don't have to run into the future in order to get more happiness. It is possible to live happily in the here and the now.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Interview with Oprah, 2010)
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.
Thich Nhat Hanh (The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation, 1999)
Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race.
Thich Nhat Hanh (A Rose for Your Pocket: An Appreciation of Motherhood, 2009)
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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
When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Teachings on Love, 2005)
This capacity of waking up, of being aware of what is going on in your feelings, in your body, in your perceptions, in the world, is called Buddha nature, the capacity of understanding and loving.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Being Peace, 2005)
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
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 (Savor)
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Quoted in Visions from Earth, 2004)
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, 1992)
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 (Quoted in The Best Buddhist Writing, 2007)
Reality is reality. It transcends every concept.
Thich Nhat Hanh (The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation, 1999)
Contemplating the bowl, it is possible to see the interdependent elements which give rise to the bowl.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, 1991)
Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living, 2009)
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Thich Nhat Hanh Biography

Born: October 11, 1926

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Viatnamese Buddhist monk, writer and poet. He has had an prominent role in the development of Western Buddhism. He has written more than 100 books.

Notable Works
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha (1991)
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life (1992)
The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation (1999)
Teachings on Love (2005)
Being Peace (2005)
Understanding Our Mind (2006)
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