Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.— Thich Nhat Hanh
The most spectacular Thich Nhat Hanh quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.
How can you love if you are not there?
There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way.
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.
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
Life is not about getting to a certain place. Life is path.
Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.
Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness.
When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.
Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger;
and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.
Compassion is a verb.
We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.
Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.
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.
Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future.
If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.
If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.
We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.
Because you are alive, everything is possible!
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.
Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.
You accept that this civilisation could be abolished and life will begin later on after a few thousand years because that is something that has happened in the history of this planet. 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.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.
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.
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
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.
When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.
When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body's natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.
If every day you practice walking and sitting meditation and generate the energy of mindfulness and concentration and peace, you are a cell in the body of the new Buddha. This is not a dream but is possible today and tomorrow.
People sacrifice the present for the future.
But 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.
Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.
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.
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. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.
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.
Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments.
But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy.
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.
We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.
The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.
In the past there were people who were not rich but contented with their living style, laughing and happy all day. But when the new rich people appear, people look at them and ask, 'why don't I have a life like that too, a beautiful house, car and garden,' and they abandon their values.
Breathing in, I am aware of my heart.
Breathing out, I smile to my heart and know that my heart still functions normally. I feel grateful for my heart.
Civilisations have been destroyed many times, and this civilisation is no different. It can be destroyed. We can think of time in terms of millions of years and life will resume little by little. The cosmos operates for us very urgently, but geological time is different.
When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way.
Changing is not just changing the things outside of us.
First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.
Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering.
You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering.
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.
Happiness is the cessation of suffering.
When we have peace, then we have a chance to save the planet.
But if we are not united in peace, if we do not practice mindful consumption, we cannot save our planet.
If you can feel that Mother Earth is in you, and you are Mother Earth, then you are not any longer afraid to die because the earth is not dying. Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again.
Doubt in my tradition is something that is very helpful.
Because of doubt, you can thirst more and you will get a higher kind of proof.
We can continue to learn generation after generation and now is time to begin to learn how to love in a non-discriminatory way because we are intelligent enough, but we are not loving enough as a species.