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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.

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

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Your presence is a miracle.

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Wisdom and joy arise when you learn to exist now rather than in the nonexistent past or future.

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

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Simple practices like conscious breathing and smiling are very important. They can change our civilization.

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If the people who hurt us have anger or desperation within them then they suffer. When you see that someone suffers, you might be motivated by a desire to help him not to suffer anymore.

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To educate people for peace, we can use words or we can speak with our lives.

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You are like fireworks. You go out into your children, your friends, your society, and the whole world.

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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.

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I would not be happy if I could not become a monk. They call it the beginner's mind -- the deep intention, the deepest desire that a person may have. And I can say that until this day, this beginner's mind is still alive in me.

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If we are free from attachment, we can easily recognize ourselves in other people, in different forms of manifestation, and then we don't have to suffer.

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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.

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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.

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Compassion is a mind that removes the suffering that is present in the other.

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To condemn someone to death is to surrender; it proves that you failed. You are not able to change him, to change her; you have to kill him or her. You surrender. ... You only demonstrate your lack of capacity, your helplessness. This is failure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When we change our daily lives -- the way we think, speak and act -- we change the world.

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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.

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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.

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To be or not to be is not the question.

The question is whether you can transcend these notions.

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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.

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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.

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Looking deeply into the wrong perceptions, ideas, and notions that are at the base of our suffering is the most important practice in Buddhist meditation.

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Wrong perceptions cannot be removed by guns and bombs. They should be removed by deep listening, compassionate listening, and loving space.

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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.

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To take care of the environment, we must first take care of the environmentalist.

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The electron is first of all your concept of the electron.

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We need to move beyond the idea of 'environment' and fall back in love with Mother Earth.

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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.

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Awareness is a mirror reflecting the four elements. Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open.

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We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember.

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Loneliness cannot be alleviated just by the coming together of two bodies, unless there is also good communication, understanding, and loving kindness.

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You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.

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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.

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Breathe and you dwell in the here and now, breath and you see impermanence is life.

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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.

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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.

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The joy of life is born of concentration. When you are having a cup of tea, the value of that experience depends on your concentration. You have to drink the tea with 100 percent of your concentration.

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We try to live every moment like that, dwelling peacefully in the present moment, and respond to events with compassion.

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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.

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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.

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Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself.

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Most of your suffering comes from the lack of understanding of yourself and others.

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The moment you understand the importance of loving yourself, you will stop hurting others.

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Only your compassion and your loving kindness are invincible, and without limit.

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Our walking is not a means to an end. We walk for the sake of walking.

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Every moment is a moment of happiness.

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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.

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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.

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If you do not give right attention to the one you love, it is a kind of killing. When you are in the car together, if you are lost in your thoughts, assuming you already know everything about her, she will slowly die.

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Without understanding, your love is not true love. You must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the one you love.

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

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We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work 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.

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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.

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In the Light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.

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When you produce peace and happiness in yourself, you begin to realize peace for the whole world. With the smile that you produce in yourself, with the conscious breathing you establish within yourself, you begin to work for peace in the world.

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Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy.

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Longer Version:

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


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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.

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In all the practice centers in the tradition of Plum Village whenever the phone rings or the clock chimes in the dining hall, people stop everything they are doing and breathe consciously, releasing all thinking and any tension.

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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.

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Without full awareness of breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability and understanding.

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Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late.

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With mindfulness -- the practice of peace -- we can begin by working to transform the wars in ourselves. Conscious breathing helps us do this.

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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.

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I don't have to hate any person because I can always start anew, I can always reconcile.

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Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.

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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.

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May we awaken from forgetfulness and realize our true home.

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Your true home is in the here and the now.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Before you do something to help, your presence already can bring some relief.

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