Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of many books, including the classics Peace Is Every Step and The Art of Power. He lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and leads retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.
By Thich Nhat Hanh
“Gandhi once said – you must become what you want the world to be. This is another great book by Thich Nhat Hahn.”
“In my opinion, this is an amazing book. Thich Nhat Hanh simplifies Buddhism for the common western mind. He helps to define and establishes a path for you to follow and help you to achieve your goals of a peaceful self and world. Simple short read, packed with insight and knowledge.”
“This collection of teachings by noted Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh will be eagerly read by those concerned about world peace. Rev. Thich claims that world peace starts with the individual’s acquiring inner peace. He challenges the reader in warm and anecdotal dialogues:”Have we wasted our hours and days? Are we wasting our lives? . . . Practising Buddhism is to be alive to each moment.” Meditation, says the author, is not an escape from the difficult present but an active form of service to society, directing us to understanding and compassion toward all suffering humanity. The author terms this “engaged Buddhism.” Free of jargon and eminently practical, this wise and joyous book celebrates the spirituality inherent in daily life.”
Alphonse Vinh, Yale Univ. Lib. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
All the elements for your happiness are already here. There’s no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be.
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.
Be free where you are.
Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.
By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.
By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and prepare for a better future.
Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.
If you don’t have enough peace and compassion within you, there is no way you can be happy.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
Mindfulness helps you fall in love with the ordinary.
Nonviolence and compassion are the foundations of a peace movement.
Obstacles can be a form of liberation. Difficulties are required for success.
Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.
Peace is every step.
Smile, breathe, and go slowly.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.
The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust and enlightenment.
There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Use your time wisely. Say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, act physically to protect and help.
Wake up, so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion.
Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
When truly present, you are more in control of situations, you have more love, patience, understanding and compassion.