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

Civilisations have been destroyed many times, and this civilisation is no different. It can be destroyed. We can think of time in terms of millions of years and life will resume little by little. The cosmos operates for us very urgently, but geological time is different.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You accept that this civilisation could be abolished and life will begin later on after a few thousand years because that is something that has happened in the history of this planet. When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair there is no hope.

Thich Nhat Hanh

When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You are a child of the sun, you come from the sun, and that is something true with the Earth also… your relationship with the Earth is so deep, and the Earth is in you and this is something not very difficult, much less difficult then philosophy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you can feel that Mother Earth is in you, and you are Mother Earth, then you are not any longer afraid to die because the earth is not dying. Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering.

Thich Nhat Hanh

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?

Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Thich Nhat Hanh

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

When we have peace, then we have a chance to save the planet. But if we are not united in peace, if we do not practice mindful consumption, we cannot save our planet.

Thich Nhat Hanh

We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.

Thich Nhat Hanh

In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you’re a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Thich Nhat Hanh
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