Today I would love to share with you Thich Nhat Hanh quotes. This 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. He has settled in Southern France and founded Plum Village, the Buddhist meditation practice center and monastery.

thich nhat hanh quotes

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. He 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“.

Read this powerful book which offers simple daily practices which can help us discover the happiness and freedom of living in the present moment.

Here are some of Thich Nhat Hanh quotes:

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”

“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”

“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

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

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

“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.”

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

“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; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

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.”