The­ch Nhất Hạnh Quotes

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The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
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. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Interbeing: If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. 'Interbeing' is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix 'inter-' with the verb 'to be, ' we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. In fact, nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. And the logger's father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist. Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part of our perception. Your mind is in here and mine is also. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. You cannot point out one thing that is not here-time, space, the earth, the rain, the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat. Everything co-exists with this sheet of paper. That is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary. 'To be' is to inter-be. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be with every other thing. This sheet of paper is, because everything else is. Suppose we try to return one of the elements to its source. Suppose we return the sunshine to the sun. Do you think that this sheet of paper will be possible? No, without sunshine nothing can be. And if we return the logger to his mother, then we have no sheet of paper either. The fact is that this sheet of paper is made up only of 'non-paper elements.' And if we return these non-paper elements to their sources, then there can be no paper at all. Without 'non-paper elements, ' like mind, logger, sunshine and so on, there will be no paper. As thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.

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There is nowhere to arrive except the present moment. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Breathing in, I know this is my in-breath. Breathing out, I know this is my out-breath. It's very simple, but very effective. When we bring our attention to our in-breath and our out-breath, we stop thinking of the past; we stop thinking of the future; and we begin to come home to ourselves... Don't think this practice doesn't apply to you. If we don't go home to ourselves, we can't be at our best and serve the world in the best way... Our quality of being is the foundation for the quality of our actions. Breathing in, I'm aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I'm aware of my whole body. Breathing mindfully brings us back to our bodies. We have to acknowledge our bodies first because tension and suffering accumulate in the body. Breathing in this way, we create a kind of family reunion between mind and body. The mind becomes an embodied mind... We can't do our best if we don't know to release the tension and pain in ourselves. Breathing in, I'm aware of the tension in my body. Breathing out, I'm aware of the tension in my body. When we look at the suffering around us, at poverty, violence, or climate change, we may want to solve these things immediately. We want to do something. But to do something effectively and ethically, we need to be our best selves in order to be able to handle the suffering... Breathing in, I am aware of a painful feeling arising. Breathing out, I release the painful feeling. This is a nonviolent and gentle way to help our bodies release tension and pain. It is possible to practice mindful breathing in order to produce a feeling of joy, a feeling of happiness. When we are well-nourished and know how to create joy, then we are strong enough to handle the deep pain within ourselves and the world.

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Only this actual moment is life. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Love has no meaning without understanding -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
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. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Anywhere we go, we will have our self with us; we cannot escape ourselves. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
The son needs the father to have access to his source, and the father needs the son to have access to the future and the infinite. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
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. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
If we practice walking meditation, we walk just for walking, not to arrive. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
In the light of Buddhist meditation, love is impossible without understanding. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
This is Buddhist meditation-to penetrate, to be one with, in order to really understand. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
When we know how to be at peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
Understanding and love aren't two separate things, they're just one. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
That is why I don't believe much in what Mr. Descartes said:
Compassion is a verb. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
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. -The­ch Nhất Hạnh
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