Thich Nhat Hanh, our favourite quotes

posted 6 May 2015, 04:19 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 13 May 2015, 10:54 ]

By The Happy Starfish

One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has led an extraordinary life.

Thich Nhat Hanh, was born on the 11th of October, 1926, in Tha Tien, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam. Today we are sharing a selection of our favourite Thich Nhat Hanh quotes.

"If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech".

"The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment. Mindful speaking is a deep practice".

"When we cannot communicate, we get sick, and as our sickness increases, we suffer and spill our suffering on other people".

"First you have to look deeply into the nature of your anger, despair, and suffering to free yourself, so you can be available to others".

"Many of us are not capable of releasing the past, of releasing the suffering of the past. We want to cling to our own suffering".

"By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and we can prepare for a better future".

"You can use your life in a very useful and intelligent way. You can very well transform that negative energy into a positive energy that empowers you and makes life meaningful".

"If we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living".

"I think there's a way of training ourselves in order not to become the victim of fear and grief -- that is to look deeply into ourselves".

"And life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply".

"If you know the techniques of mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful smiling, you can bring your mind back to your body and you become truly alive".

"When mindfulness is there you are attentive to yourself, you are attentive to other people around you and understanding becomes possible, compassion becomes possible".

"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".

"Our life is a manifestation, and we can very well make that manifestation beautiful and meaningful and have a good influence".

"If we know how to create the energy of love, understanding, compassion, and beauty, then we can contribute a lot to the world".

"If you don't have enough peace and compassion within you, there is no way you can be happy".

"If you don't have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace".