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Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. “I hold my face in my two hands.
    No, I am not crying.
    I hold my face in my two hands
    to keep the loneliness warm –
    two hands protecting,
    two hands nourishing,
    two hands preventing
    my soul from leaving me
    in anger.”
  2. “In Buddhism, we speak of touching Nirvana with our own body, In Christianity, you can also touch the Kingdom of God with your body, right here and now. it is much safer than placing our hope in the future. If we cling to the idea of hope in the future, we might not notice the peace and joy that are available in the present moment. The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “You are like fireworks. You go out into your children, your friends, your society, and the whole world.”
  5. “Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path.”
  6. “You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are …transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.”
  7. “You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.”
  8. “The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other.  We “go inside” their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering.  Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering.  We must become one with the subject of our observation.  When we are in contact with another’s suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, “to suffer with.”
  9. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
  10. “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
  11. “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
  12. “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.”
  13. “Life is available only in the present moment.”
  14. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
  15. “The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
  16. “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
  17. “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)”
  20. “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.”
  21. “Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
  22. “In true love, you attain freedom.”
  23. “It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.”
  24. “You are not an observer, you are a participant.”
  25. “In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”
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Quotes by Adyashanti

  1. “The mind may accept or deny that you are awareness, but either way it can’t really understand. It cannot comprehend. Thought cannot comprehend what is beyond thought.”
  2. “The more you awaken, the more you feel, ‘I might not want to repeat the past, but I wouldn’t have one second of it any other way.”
  3. “This teaching is not so much a raft to carry you to enlightenment as it is a fire to ignite the raft you are now holding on to.”
  4. “Be a true representative of the goodness in your heart, and don’t expect it to be easy or even noticed.”
  5. “Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.
  6. “Truth has no finality to it. It is not something to be held on to. Truth is discovered minute to minute or not at all.”
  7. “A quiet mind married to integrity of heart is the birth of wisdom.”
  8. “Real meditation means don’t go to thought. It may be there, it may not — just don’t go there. It’s not who you are.”
  9. “Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being. ”
  10. “The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda.”
  11. “The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare.”
  12. “The mind may accept or deny that you are awareness, but either way it can’t really understand. It cannot comprehend. Thought cannot comprehend what is beyond thought.”
  13. “The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or who am I?”
  14. “Fear is very often a part of the spiritual path. When people sit down and meditate it’s not at all uncommon for fear to arise at some point.”
  15. “Take the armor off, so the arrow of the Truth can penetrate you.”
  16. “Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being.”
  17. “Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control.”
  18. “Now don’t think that awakening is the end. Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature.”
  19. “When we really start to take a look at who we think we are, we become very grace prone.”
  20. “The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare.”
  21. “The light of consciousness has no mind to change or alter anything. There is no sense that anything needs to change, but it does change.”
  22. “The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda.”
  23. “The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.”
  24. “You’re no longer separate from that beautiful flow. You no longer have a relationship with life because you are Life.”
  25. “It’s not that everything will always be good; it’s that it’s always been good, even if you weren’t aware of it.”
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