Thích Nhất Hạnh Quotes

Who is Thích Nhất Hạnh?

Thích Nhất Hạnh was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk known as the father of mindfullness.

Born October 11, 1926
Died January 22, 2022

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Best 40 Quotes by Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

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“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

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“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”

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“Compassion is a verb.”

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“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”

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“Enlightenment is growing all the time. It is not something that happens once and is then complete.”

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

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“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

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“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.”

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“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”

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“If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”

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“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.”

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“If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.”

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“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.”

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“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.”

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“Life is available only in the present moment.”

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

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“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”

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“No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now.”

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“Our own life has to be our message.”

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“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

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“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

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“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

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“Sitting in meditation is nourishment for your spirit and nourishment for your body, as well.”

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“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

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“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”

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

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“The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.”

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“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”

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