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quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you get angry easily, it may be because the seed of anger in you has been watered frequently over many years, and unfortunately you have allowed it or even encouraged it to be watered. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you get angry easily, it may be because the seed of anger in you has been watered frequently over many years, and unfortunately you have allowed it or even encouraged it to be watered.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Anger is like a flame blazing up and consuming our self-control, making us think, say, and do things that we will probably regret later. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Anger is like a flame blazing up and consuming our self-control, making us think, say, and do things that we will probably regret later.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: My actions are my only true belongings. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

My actions are my only true belongings.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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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.


quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Even if we cannot be completely non-voilent, by being vegetarian we are going in the direction of non-voilence. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Even if we cannot be completely non-voilent, by being vegetarian we are going in the direction of non-voilence.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. We cannot support any act of killing; no killing can be justified. But not to kill is not enough ... If in your thinking you allow the killing to go on, you also break this precept. We must be determined not to condone killing, even in our minds.



quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakeni… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Being vegetarian here also means that we do not consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry. If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can create enough determination for action.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: 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. with background image: pink and white flower in close up photography
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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.

--Thich Nhat Hanh









quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.

--Thich Nhat Hanh


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The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.


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Smile, breathe and go slowly." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk, author and peace activist.


















quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Our own life has to be our message. with background image: three people paddling in canoe
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Our own life has to be our message.

--Thich Nhat Hanh








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Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath. Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: with mindfulness, you can see that they are unhappy and suffering. You can see their wrong perceptions. You'll feel motivated by a desire to say or do something to help the other person suffer less. This means compassionate energy has been born in your heart. And when compassion appears, anger is deleted.




quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. with background image: group of people inside the room in grayscale photo
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Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

--Thich Nhat Hanh









quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: 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. with background image: long exposure photography of lights
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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
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre, and you want to do something for … with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre, and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle. By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle. By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: In Buddhist culture, offering food to the monk symbolizes the action of goodness, and if you have no opportunity to support the practice of spirituality, then you are somehow left in the realm of dar… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

In Buddhist culture, offering food to the monk symbolizes the action of goodness, and if you have no opportunity to support the practice of spirituality, then you are somehow left in the realm of darkness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is p… with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is possible today and tomorrow.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.


quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I realize that many elements of the Buddhist teaching can be found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam. I think if Buddhism can help, it is the concrete methods of practice. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I realize that many elements of the Buddhist teaching can be found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam. I think if Buddhism can help, it is the concrete methods of practice.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: When I became a novice monk, I lived in a temple where the atmosphere was quite like in a family. The abbot is like a father and other monks are like your big brothers, your small, younger brothers. … with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

When I became a novice monk, I lived in a temple where the atmosphere was quite like in a family. The abbot is like a father and other monks are like your big brothers, your small, younger brothers. It is a kind of family.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being.

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

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
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Longer Version:

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.


quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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