Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes About Love, Peace, Fear

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes About Love, Peace, Fear

Raised on October 11, 1926, a Vietnamese Thiang Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the tradition of the Plum Village. He spent much of his later life living in southwest France's Plum Village Monastery, traveling abroad for retreats and talks. In his book Vietnam he coined the term 'Engaged Buddhism': Lotus in a Sea of Fire. After a long period of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.[6] He returned to Vietnam in November 2018 to spend his remaining days in his "root temple," T Hier Hiu Temple in the vicinity of Hu. Over 100 novels, including more than 70 in English, have been written by Nhält Hölnh. He is participating in the peace movement and supports peaceful dispute resolution. He also refrains from the use of animal products (Vegetarianism) as a form of nonviolence against animals

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes:

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

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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.

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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.

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The real power of the Buddha was that he had so much love. He saw people trapped in their notions of small separate self, feeling guilty or proud of that self, and he offered revolutionary teachings that resounded like a lion’s roar, like a great rising tide, helping people to wake up and break free from the prison of ignorance.

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

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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Mother Earth is very talented. She has produced Buddhas, bodhisattvas, great beings.

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With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it.

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If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.

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Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.

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It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available – more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.

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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.

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People sacrifice the present for the future. But 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.

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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.

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There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time.

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There are many levels of Christianity. There are many notions about God. To believe that God is a person is just one of the notions of God that you can find in Christianity. So, we should not say that there is one Christianity. There are many Christianities.

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When you learn about the teaching and the practice of another tradition, you always have a chance to understand your own teaching and practice.

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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.

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We fear that this moment will end, that we won’t get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. Often, our biggest fear is the knowledge that one day our bodies will cease functioning. So even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, our joy is not complete.

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Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy.

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Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.

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Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.

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Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.

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It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.

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We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

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Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

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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. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

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When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.

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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.

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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 she is unhappy, that she is suffering. You can see her wrong perceptions. You can see that she is not beautiful when she says things that are unkind.

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There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.

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If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

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The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.

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In the past there were people who were not rich but contented with their living style, laughing and happy all day. But when the new rich people appear, people look at them and ask, ‘why don’t I have a life like that too, a beautiful house, car and garden,’ and they abandon their values.

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