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quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: When your mind is liberated, your heart floods with compassion. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

When your mind is liberated, your heart floods with compassion.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: True love always brings joy to ourself and the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

True love always brings joy to ourself and the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: You are not an observer, you are a participant. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

You are not an observer, you are a participant.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper? ?To be? is to inter-be. We cannot just be by ourselves alone. We have to inter-be with every other thing… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper? ?To be? is to inter-be. We cannot just be by ourselves alone. We have to inter-be with every other thing. This sheet of paper is, because everything else is.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The heart of the matter is always our oneness with divine spirit, our union with all life. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The heart of the matter is always our oneness with divine spirit, our union with all life.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we do not have peace and joy right now, when will we have peace and joy? with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we do not have peace and joy right now, when will we have peace and joy?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The way must be in you; the destination also must be in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The way must be in you; the destination also must be in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Mindfulness is like that--it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Mindfulness is like that--it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Look deeply; I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch ... to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Look deeply; I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch ... to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If we are not peaceful, if we are not feeling well in our skin, we cannot demonstrate real peace, and we cannot raise our children well either. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If we are not peaceful, if we are not feeling well in our skin, we cannot demonstrate real peace, and we cannot raise our children well either.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation or reading scripture and reciting prayers. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation or reading scripture and reciting prayers. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Meditation is, first of all, a tool for surveying our territory so we can know what is going on. With the energy of mindfulness, we can calm things down, understand them, and bring harmony back to th… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Meditation is, first of all, a tool for surveying our territory so we can know what is going on. With the energy of mindfulness, we can calm things down, understand them, and bring harmony back to the conflicting elements inside us.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. You have to be able to transcend your knowledge the way people climb a ladder. If you are on the fifth step of a ladder and think that you are very high, there is no hope for you to climb to the sixth.



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty h… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less.



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: When we live in the spirit of gratitude, there will be much happiness in our life. The one who is grateful is the one who has much happiness while the one who is ungrateful will not be able to have h… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

When we live in the spirit of gratitude, there will be much happiness in our life. The one who is grateful is the one who has much happiness while the one who is ungrateful will not be able to have happiness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: 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. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

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.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I vow to live fully in each moment. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I vow to live fully in each moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you establish serenity and happiness inside yourself, you provide the world with a solid base of peace. If you do not give yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin you… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you establish serenity and happiness inside yourself, you provide the world with a solid base of peace. If you do not give yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin your peace work with yourself, where will you go to begin it?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: You can use your life in a very useful and intelligent way. You can very well transform that negative energy into a positive energy that empowers you and makes life meaningful. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

You can use your life in a very useful and intelligent way. You can very well transform that negative energy into a positive energy that empowers you and makes life meaningful.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Mindful time spent with the person we love is the fullest expression of true love and real generosity. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Mindful time spent with the person we love is the fullest expression of true love and real generosity.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Whenever anger comes up, take out a mirror and look at yourself. When you are angry, you are not very beautiful. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Whenever anger comes up, take out a mirror and look at yourself. When you are angry, you are not very beautiful.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight... I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight... I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If we can not smile, we cannot help other people to smile. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If we can not smile, we cannot help other people to smile.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart and know that my heart still functions normally. I feel grateful for my heart. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart and know that my heart still functions normally. I feel grateful for my heart.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: When you have enough understanding and compassion in you, then that amount of understanding and compassion will try to express itself in action. And your practice should help you to cultivate more un… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

When you have enough understanding and compassion in you, then that amount of understanding and compassion will try to express itself in action. And your practice should help you to cultivate more understanding and compassion.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suff… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Usually, people have a tendency to be caught in the worries concerning the future or in the regret concerning the past. There is some kind of energy that is pushing them to run, and they are not able… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Usually, people have a tendency to be caught in the worries concerning the future or in the regret concerning the past. There is some kind of energy that is pushing them to run, and they are not able to establish themselves in the present moment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The happiest moments are when we sit down and we feel the presence of our brothers and sisters, lay and monastic, who are practicing walking and sitting mediation. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The happiest moments are when we sit down and we feel the presence of our brothers and sisters, lay and monastic, who are practicing walking and sitting mediation.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of th… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Doubt in my tradition is something that is very helpful. Because of doubt, you can thirst more and you will get a higher kind of proof. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Doubt in my tradition is something that is very helpful. Because of doubt, you can thirst more and you will get a higher kind of proof.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generatng 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. In the Buddhist teaching, it's clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice.


quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

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
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest. But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don't know how to rest. We may even come back more tired than before we left. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The purpose of a vacation is to have the time to rest. But many of us, even when we go on vacation, don't know how to rest. We may even come back more tired than before we left.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering u… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering us to control our weight.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If we chew every morsel of our food, in that way we become grateful, and when you are grateful, you are happy. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If we chew every morsel of our food, in that way we become grateful, and when you are grateful, you are happy.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: We are looking for happiness and running after it in such a way that creates anger, fear and discrimination. So when you attend a retreat, you have a chance to look at the deep roots of this pollutio… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

We are looking for happiness and running after it in such a way that creates anger, fear and discrimination. So when you attend a retreat, you have a chance to look at the deep roots of this pollution of the collective energy that is unwholesome.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

--Thích Nhất Hạnh



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Real peace is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

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

--Thich Nhat Hanh



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.



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Reconciliation is a deep practice that we can do with our listening and our mindful speech. To reconcile means to bring peace and happiness to nations, people, and members of our family... In order t… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Reconciliation is a deep practice that we can do with our listening and our mindful speech. To reconcile means to bring peace and happiness to nations, people, and members of our family... In order to reconcile, you have to possess the art of deep listening.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh






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