240 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

240 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

April 24, 2018 0 By Illuzone

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  • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― 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
  • “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.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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
  • “My actions are my only true belongings.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Life is available only in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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
  • “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.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Compassion is a verb.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “In true love, you attain freedom.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight… I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Only the present moment contains life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.” ― 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
  • “Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “A human being is like a television set with millions of channels…. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “As long as you find something beautiful, good, and true to believe in and abide by, you have the equivalent of God in your life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “An oak tree is an oak tree. That is all it has to do. If an oak tree is less than an oak tree, then we are all in trouble.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Your true home is in the here and the now.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We will not just say, “I love him very much,” but instead, “I will do something so that he will suffer less.” The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person’s suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Happiness does not come from consumption of things.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The Three Kinds of Pride are: Thinking I am better than the others. Thinking I am worse than the others. Thinking I am just as good as the others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Life can be found only in the present moment. 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.” ― 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
  • “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
  • “Due to attachment, anger, and foolishness, I have committed numberless mistakes in speech, deed and thought. I bow my head and repent. I vow from today to begin anew, to live day and night in mindfulness, and not to repeat my previous mistakes.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you are not living in peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace someday.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “You would not cry if you knew that by looking deeply into the rain you would still see the cloud.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I will practice coming back to the present moment…not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out…” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “What you are looking for is already in you…You already are everything you are seeking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity of accepting and having compassion for them is there.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what’s the use of seeing?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you love someone, you have to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives — the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There is nowhere to arrive except the present moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Love has no meaning without understanding” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That’s all you really need to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “‎”We have a lamp inside us. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. Our practice is to light up the lamp.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Anywhere we go, we will have our self with us; we cannot escape ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Suffering has many faces. If we discover the roots of one suffering, we are at the same time discovering the roots of others.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won’t want to let it in.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile. That’s a smile of enlightenment. You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand-new hours to live, and that that’s the most precious of gifts.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won’t have to go around search for it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “In the stormy ocean of life, take refuge in your wise self.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The art of happiness is also the art of suffering well.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we have too many worries, fears, and doubts, we have no room for living and loving. We need to practice letting go.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We do not have to look for God, we do not have to look for our ultimate dimension or nirvana, because we are nirvana, we are God.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “To be or not to be, that is not a question, because reality transcends both notions of birth and death, of being and non-being.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Understanding is like water flowing in a stream. Wisdom and knowledge are solid and can block our understanding” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We turn on the TV and leave it on, allowing someone else to guide us, shape us, and destroy us.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “But a lot of our thinking is caught up in dwelling on the past, trying to control the future, generating misperceptions, and worrying about what others are thinking.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart. I vow to eat, drink, and work in ways that preserve my health and well-being.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Once you can communicate with yourself, you’ll be able to communicate outwardly with more clarity. The way in is the way out.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The gift of truth is the highest gift. The taste of truth is the sweetest taste. The joy of truth is the greatest joy. The extinction of craving is the end of suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We can’t wait to be happy until we remove one hundred percent of suffering. That moment will never exist.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness, should you not seek light?” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “First of all, you need to know that an emotion is only that—an emotion—even though it may be a big, strong one. You are so much bigger, so much more than this emotion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “As long as fear is in us, happiness cannot be perfect.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “If I don’t understand you, I may be angry at you, all the time. We are not capable of understanding each other, and that is the main source of human suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “For me, there is no happiness without freedom, and freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Don’t wait to start living. Live now! Your life should be real in this very moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Where there is anger, apply loving kindness. Where there is evil, offer good. Where there is stinginess, be generous. Where there are lies, be truthful.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Whoever is not tied to possessions, clinging neither to body nor mind, is never in bondage.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Home is the place where loneliness disappears. When we’re home, we feel warm, comfortable, safe, fulfilled.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Nothing can heal anger except compassion.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Compassion is born from understanding suffering. We all should learn to embrace our own suffering, to listen to it deeply, and to have a deep look into its nature.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Everything—including love, hate, and suffering—needs food to continue. If suffering continues, it’s because we keep feeding our suffering.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The source of suffering is a false belief in permanence and the existence of separate selves.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There is a misconception that Buddhism is a religion, and that you worship Buddha. Buddhism is a practice, like yoga. You can be a Christian and practice Buddhism. I met a Catholic priest who lives in a Buddhist monastery in France. He told me that Buddhism makes him a better Christian. I love that.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “No Mud, No Lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Even if it is very foggy, cloudy or stormy, the blue sky is always there, for us, above the clouds.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it, you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Today is the most important day of our lives.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We are very good at preparing to live. But not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice. Ten years for a diploma. And we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment. The only moment there is for us to be alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We only see the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I think; therefore, I am not here.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Mindful eating is very pleasant. We sit beautifully. We are aware of the people surrounding us. We are aware of the food on our plates. This is a deep practice. – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Afflictions such as craving, anger, doubt, fear, and forgetfulness are what block the light, so the practice is to remove these five hindrances.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The energy of peace and mindfulness does not come from elsewhere. It comes from us. It comes from our capacity to breathe, to walk, to sit mindfully and recognize the wonders of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The earth is not just our environment. We are the earth and the earth is us. We have always been one with the earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I vow to let go of all worries in order to be light and free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “No coming, no going, no after, no before. I hold you close; I release you to be free. I am in you and you are in me.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Because of your smile you make life more beautiful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you get free from views, and words, reality reveals itself to you and that is Nirvana.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When you learn how to suffer. You suffer much less.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of mother earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If we practice mindfulness, we always have a place to be when we are afraid.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “At any moment, you have a choice that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You are part of the universe: You are made of stars. When you look at your loved one. You see that he is also made of stars and carries ETERNITY INSIDE.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I have the impression that many of us are afraid of silence. We’re always taking in something- text, music, radio, television, or thoughts-to occupy the space. If quiet and space are so important for our happiness, why don’t we make more room for them in our lives?” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “There should be a collective awakening. We try many ways to be awake, but our society still keeps us forgetful. Meditation is to help us remember.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I will practice coming back to the present moment, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxiety, fears, or cravings pull me out.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation is in the way we handle this very moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “People deal to much with the negative, what is wrong…why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “We meet today. We will meet again tomorrow. We will meet – at the source every moment. We meet each other – in all forms of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle wind blows, With each step, a flower blooms.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

  • “Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silence, then no matter what situation you find yourself in you can enjoy the silence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Peace, happiness and joy is possible during the time I drink my tea.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Happy Teachers Will Change the World.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Invest 100% of yourself in doing even very simple things.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “It is possible to live happily in the here and 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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “It is best if we do not listen to or look at the person whom we consider to be the cause of our anger. Like a fireman, we have to pour water on the blaze first and not waste time looking for the one who set the house on fire.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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