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You've Been Nirvanized Since The Nonbeginning

Thich Nhat Hanh

Who can say that your mother has passed away? You cannot describe her as being or nonbeing, alive or dead, because these notions belong to the historical dimension. When you touch your mother in the u...

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6K reads, 8 comments

See The Universe In A Sunflower

Thich Nhat Hanh

I live in Plum Village, in the Dordogne region of southwest France, an area known for its sunflowers. But people who come to Plum Village in April do not see any sunflowers. They hear people saying th...

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11K reads, 13 comments

When Light Shines, Darkness Becomes The Light

Thich Nhat Hanh

From time to time you may become restless, and the restlessness will not go away. At such times, just sit quietly, follow your breathing, smile a half-smile, and shine your awareness on the restlessne...

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15K reads, 13 comments

Five Prayers

Thich Nhat Hanh

In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my blood family. I see my mother and father, whose blood, flesh, and vitality are circulating in my own veins and nourishing every cell in me. T...

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26K reads, 8 comments

Call Me by My True Names

Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile, le...

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139K reads, 30 comments

Fearlessness

Thich Nhat Hanh

Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy. We fear that this moment will end, that we...

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72K reads, 21 comments

Renaissance

Thich Nhat Hanh

This morning, at sunrise, a new bud appeared on the tree.  It was born around midnight.  The bark, the skin of the tree, split open under the incessant movement of its sap to make room for a...

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12K reads, 10 comments

Nature and Nonviolence

Thich Nhat Hanh

You don’t discriminate between the seed and the plant. You see that they ‘inter-are’ with each other, that they are the same thing. Looking deeply at the young cornstalk, you can s...

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25K reads, 5 comments

Bridging Practice and Non-Practice

Thich Nhat Hanh

We have many compartments in our lives. When we practice sitting meditation and when we do not practice sitting, these two periods of time are so different from each other. While sitting, we practice ...

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17K reads, 6 comments

The Blooming of the Offering Within You

Thich Nhat Hanh

A poem is a flower you offer to people. A compassionate look, a smile, an act filled with loving-kindness is also a flower that blooms on the tree of mindfulness and concentration. Even thought you do...

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6K reads, 3 comments

Clear and Present Compassion

Thich Nhat Hanh

Understanding and compassion are very powerful sources of energy. They are the opposite of stupidity and passivity. If you think that compassion is passive, weak, or cowardly, then you don't know wha...

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28K reads, 8 comments

Do You Have Time To Love?

Thich Nhat Hanh

To love is, above all, to be there. But being there is not an easy thing. Some training is necessary, some practice. If you are not there, how can you love? Being there is very much an art, the art o...

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43K reads, 10 comments

Dandelion Has My Smile

Thich Nhat Hanh

If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? ...

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21K reads, 4 comments

Still Arriving

Thich Nhat Hanh

Don't say that I will depart tomorrow--even today I am still arriving. Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning t...

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6K reads

Clouds In Each Paper

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we canno...

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54K reads, 12 comments

Smile a Lot

Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life...

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11K reads

On Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh

"During meditation, various feelings and thoughts may arise. If you don't practice mindfulness of breath, these thoughts will soon lure you away from mindfulness. But the breath isn't simply a m...

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7K reads