Last Updated September 19th, 2017
To live in the present moment is a miracle is one of the many profound quotes by the renowned expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk is also a teacher, author and peace activist.
He exiled from Vietnam for many years, he travels internationally giving retreats and talks.
This popular monk has settled in Southern France and founded Plum Village, the Buddhist meditation practice center and monastery.
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nhat Hanh led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.
He is one of the well known Buddhist teachers in the West.
Nhat Hanh offers a practice of mindfulness that is often adapted to Western sensibilities.
Thich Nhat Hanh has written more than 100 books, including the 1995 best-seller “Living Buddha, Living Christ“.
Recently I came across his simple book called “You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment“.
This book was originally written in Vietnamese as a letter to Brother Quang,
a main staff member of the School of Youth for Social Service in South
Vietnam back in 1974.
Here are some of Thich Nhat Hanh words of wisdom from his many books:
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”
“The foundation of happiness is mindfulness.”
“When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy, and lightness.”
“Life can be found only in the present moment.”
“Anger is rooted in our lack of understanding of ourselves and of the causes, deep-seated as well as immediate, that brought about this unpleasant state of affairs.”
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
“Compassionate listening brings about healing. When someone listens to us this way, we feel some relief right away.”
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
“Life is available only in the present moment.”
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself.”
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
“To be loved means to be recognized as existing.”
“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”
“Spirituality is a practice that brings relief, communication, and transformation.”
Here is the link to the book “The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh.