The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
To reap a return in ten years, plant trees. To reap a return in 100, cultivate the people.
Nothing is more precious than Independence and Liberty.
We have a secret weapon...it is called Nationalism
The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace.
But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.
Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.
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 for accepting and having compassion for them is there.
You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, but in the end, you will tire of it first.
Military action without politics is like a tree without a root.
Colonial atrocities have prepared the soil; it is for socialists to sow the seeds of revolution.
You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.
If you do not condemn colonialism, if you do not side with the colonial people, what kind of revolution are you waging?
The rice grain suffers under the blow of the pestle.
But admire its whiteness once the order is over. So it is with men and the world we live in. To be a man one must suffer the blows of misfortune.
Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.
Reconciliation is to understand both sides;
to go to one side and describe the suffering being endured by the other side, and then go to the other side and describe the suffering being endured by the first side.
It is not impermanence that makes us suffer.
What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.
To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
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.
Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.
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.
Life is not about getting to a certain place. Life is path.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Human beings are not our enemy. Our enemy is not the other person. Our enemy is the violence, ignorance, and injustice in us and in the other person. When we are armed with compassion and understanding, we fight not against other people, but against the tendency to invade, to dominate, and to exploit.
We asked Jane Fonda if she would like to meet American pilots in Hanoi, but she refused, she didn't want to.
The object of my relationship with Vietnam has been to heal the wounds that exist, particularly among our veterans, and to move forward with a positive relationship,... Apparently some in the Vietnamese government don't want to do that and that's their decision.
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.
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.
Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
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.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
Only the present moment contains life.
I have lost my smile, but don't worry. The dandelion has it.
Compassion is a verb.
Because you are alive, everything is possible.
Our program for American GIs can be heard at 1630 hours.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand.
Understanding means to throw away your knowledge.
We all have the seeds of love in us.We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return.
People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one's perception of reality.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
Because the GIs were sent massively to South Vietnam, maybe it's a good idea to have a broadcast for them.
American GIs don't fight this unjust immoral and illegal war of Johnson's.
You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
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.
In the Light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.
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.
Because you are alive, everything is possible!
When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.
How can you love if you are not there?
If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.
Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.
But by reading them again and again finally I was able to grasp the essential part. What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me! I wept for joy.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live.
What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.
Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom. To do this you have to learn to let go. Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries. That is the secret of walking meditation.