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.Thich Nhat Hanh
Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish.Thich Nhat Hanh
I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
We have the tendency to run away from suffering and to look for happiness. But, in fact, if you have not suffered, you have no chance to experience real happiness.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
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
One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
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.Thich Nhat Hanh
Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being.Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself. If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace.Thich Nhat Hanh
It’s normal for human beings to identify with their own separate self. The problem is that we get caught in that notion of ourself as a separate individual and caught in that individual self’s agenda.Thich Nhat Hanh
Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha.Thich Nhat Hanh
Many Communist government officials have a rigid, dictatorial power, but they live in constant suspicion and fear of anything that might undermine the power they have.Thich Nhat Hanh
Who is Thich Nhat Hanh ?
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. 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 NhÃ¤lt HÃ¶lnh. 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