25 Life Changing Lessons from Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He travels internationally giving retreats and talks and has published more than 100 books. He is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict.

Here are 25 Life Changing Lessons from Thích Nhất Hạnh:

“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 marvellously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”

“You do not need to waste your time doing those things that are unnecessary and trifling. You do not have to be rich. You do not need to seek fame or power. What you need is freedom, solidity, peace and joy. You need the time and energy to be able to share these things with others.”

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”

“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”

“The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other.  We “go inside” their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering.  Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering.  We must become one with the subject of our observation.  When we are in contact with another’s suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, “to suffer with.””

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

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“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

“When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply.”

“If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it so much that when the truth comes and knocks on our door, we won’t want to let it in.”

“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.”

“Suffering has many faces. If we discover the roots of one suffering, we are at the same time discovering the roots of others.”

“Many people think excitement is happiness… But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

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