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Thich Nhat Hanh


Expatriate Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, and prolific author in both Vietnamese and English.
Thich Nhat Hanh
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. A pessimistic attitude can never create the calm and serene smile which blossoms on the lips of Bodhisattvas and all those who obtain the way.
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Venerable Svasti and the young buffalo boys were rivers that flowed from that source. Wherever the rivers flowed, the Buddha would be there.
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He has immense presence and both personal and Buddhist authority. If there is a candidate for "Living Buddha" on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh.




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The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
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Seeds can produce seeds
Seeds can produce formations.
Formations can produce seeds.
Formations can produce formations.
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Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving. Many children have told me that they cannot show me anyone who does not have this capacity. Some people allow it to develop, and some do not, but everyone has it. This capacity of waking up, of being aware of what is going on in your feelings, in your body, in your perceptions, in the world, is called Buddha nature, the capacity of understanding and loving. Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
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The present moment
contains past and future.
The secret of transformation,
is in the way we handle this very moment.
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Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom.
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Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself it is very difficult to take care of another person.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The same clouds that Buddha had seen were in the sky. Each serene step brought to life the old path and white clouds of the Buddha. The path of Buddha was beneath his very feet.




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One included all, and all were contained in one.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The quality of our life
depends on the quality
of the seeds
that lie deep in our consciousness.
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Freedom from suffering is a great happiness.
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This would be a notably auspicious year for you to bestow your Prize on the Venerable Nhat Hanh. Here is an apostle of peace and non-violence, cruelly separated from his own people while they are oppressed by a vicious war which has grown to threaten the sanity and security of the entire world.
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Contemplating the bowl, it is possible to see the interdependent elements which give rise to the bowl.
Thich Nhat Hanh
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
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In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a real poet.
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The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.


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