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Thich Nhat Hanh

Birthdate: 11. October 1926

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist.

Thích Nhất Hạnh lives in Plum Village in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. After a long term of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.

Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and he also refrains from animal product consumption as a means of nonviolence towards non-human animals.

„If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher

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

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

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

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

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„My actions are my only true belongings.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Understanding Our Mind: 50 Verses on Buddhist Psychology

„Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

Being Peace (2005)
Context: Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving. Many children have told me that they cannot show me anyone who does not have this capacity. Some people allow it to develop, and some do not, but everyone has it. This capacity of waking up, of being aware of what is going on in your feelings, in your body, in your perceptions, in the world, is called Buddha nature, the capacity of understanding and loving. Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

„Reality is reality. It transcends every concept.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle of Mindfulness (1999)
Context: Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence.

„We have to remember that our body is not limited to what lies within the boundary of our skin. Our body is much more immense.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh

The Sun My Heart (1996)
Context: We have to remember that our body is not limited to what lies within the boundary of our skin. Our body is much more immense. We know that if our heart stops beating, the flow of our life will stop, but we do not take the time to notice the many things outside of our bodies that are equally essential for our survival. If the ozone layer around our Earth were to disappear for even an instant, we would die. If the sun were to stop shining, the flow of our life would stop. The sun is our second heart, our heart outside of our body. It gives all life on Earth the warmth necessary for existence. Plants live thanks to the sun. Their leaves absorb the sun's energy, along with carbon dioxide from the air, to produce food for the tree, the flower, the plankton. And thanks to plants, we and other animals can live. All of us—people, animals, plants, and minerals—"consume" the sun, directly and indirectly. We cannot begin to describe all the effects of the sun, that great heart outside of our body.
When we look at green vegetables, we should know that it is the sun that is green and not just the vegetables. The green color in the leaves of the vegetables is due to the presence of the sun. Without the sun, no living being could survive. Without sun, water, air, and soil, there would be no vegetables. The vegetables are the coming-together of many conditions near and far.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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