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“Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
“If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“Dear friends, do you know that you are lucky people? You don't have any cows to lose.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
tags: buddha
“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, The Art of Power
“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”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“Attachment to views, attachment to ideas, attachment to perceptions are the biggest obstacle to the truth”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming… The mass media and the military-industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way… We need the courage to express ourselves even when the majority is going in the opposite direction… because a change of direction can happen only when there is a collective awakening… Therefore, it is very important to say, ‘I am here!’ to those who share the same kind of insight.”
Hanh Nhat Thich, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“Committed to Improving the State of Every Heart.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“Concentration on impermanence and nonself leads to the insight of impermanence and nonself.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“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, The Art of Power
“Finding ways to protect yourself and promote your own well-being is the most basic investment you can make. [...] The foundation of your investment, the key to transforming your professional life, is mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the energy of attention. It is the capacity in each of us to be present one hundred percent to what is happening within and around us. It is the miracle that allows us to become fully alive in each moment. [...] 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, The Art of Power
“When you hold the hand of a child, invest one hundred percent of yourself in the act of holding her hand. When you hug your partner, do the same. Forget everything else. Be totally present, totally alive in the act of hugging.
This is the opposite of the way we’ve been trained to lead our lives and run our businesses. We’ve been taught to do many things at once. We answer an e-mail while we talk on the phone; while in a meeting for one project, we work on our notes for another project.
Every new technology promises to help us do more things at once. Now we can send e-mail while listening to music, talking on the phone, and taking a picture, all with the same device. With your energy that dispersed, where is your power?”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

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