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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. (Thich is a title that means "Reverend".) He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and he is also refraining from animal product consumption as means of non-violence towards non-human animals.

Thursday Oct 17, 2019

Thich Nhat Hanh: Awareness

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.

Tuesday Sep 24, 2019

Thich Nhat Hanh: Suffering

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Monday Sep 16, 2019

Thich Nhat Hanh: Wake up

You need to wake up from your autopilot mode. You have to live deeply and with more awareness so that you can be attentive to each moment.

Thursday Sep 12, 2019

Thich Nhat Hanh: Smile, be peaceful and happy

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.

Wednesday Jun 19, 2019

Thich Nhat Hanh: Life is available only in the present

Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.

Wednesday Dec 12, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh: Breathing

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.

Tuesday Oct 2, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh: Tomorrow will be better

If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Monday Jul 30, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh: The Truth

To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth.
The problem is to see reality as it is.

Monday Jan 29, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh: Your smile

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

Wednesday Mar 8, 2017

Thich Nhat Hanh: When another person makes you suffer

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over.
He does not need punishment;
he needs help.

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: Let go!

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything  - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.

Tuesday Dec 8, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: To be beautifull

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

Thursday Dec 3, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace

It is my conviction that there is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh about love

if your love is only a will to possess, it's not love

Friday Nov 13, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: The greatest gift

If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.

Friday Nov 6, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: Love and presence

If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.

Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: The joy of your smile

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

Thursday Oct 8, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: The present

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.

Thursday Oct 1, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: The source of love

The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person's suffering and bring that person joy.

Thursday Sep 24, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh: A way of love

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.

Friday May 9, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh: See positive things

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?