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“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.”
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“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
“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.”
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“Compassion is a verb.”
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“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come. ”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living
“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?”
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“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence”
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“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment
“If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
“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, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
“Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace
“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
“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.”
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“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Understanding Our Mind: 50 Verses on Buddhist Psychology
“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.”
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“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.”
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“Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
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“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, Being Peace
“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“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.”
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