Quotes – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thích Nhất Hạnh (born as Nguyen Xuan Bao on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.

“I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Know that life can only be found in the present moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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

“Our own life has to be our message.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“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.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“A community practicing understanding and loving kindness may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh