Inspirational Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

Inspirational Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

Tonight some quotes from one of our greatest living Zen masters ~ Rev Kane


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

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.

Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment

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

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself

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

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

Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred

Understanding means throwing away your knowledge

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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23 Responses to Inspirational Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. sarahmariesmusings says:

    Reblogged this on sarahmariesmusings and commented:
    Thick Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk who I deeply respect as an author and a profound thinker. I have five of his books in my collection, and I treasure all of them. The title of one of his books “Peace Is Every Step” conveys the core of his teachings: peace (like many other things) is a journey, not a destination. In a sense, you practice peace with every step you take, every thing you do, every day. It is something you practice, not something you arrive at.

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