Today I would like to talk about a senior Vietnamese monk whom we lovingly call as Thay (Vietnamese term for ‘teacher’) . Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh is 95+ years old now and lives in his monastery called Plum Village. He has had a great influence on the ceasing of the Vietnam War and he was abandoned from his own country because of the separatist groups prevalent in the country at that time.
Thay has written many-many books, each of which has enormous healing power and has the potential of giving a life-changing experience to almost anyone and everyone.
I have so far been fortunate to read 5 books from him namely (sharing links to few of these audibooks available on Youtube)
- The Miracle of Mindfulness
- Peace is Every Step
- The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
- Old path White Clouds
- The Heart of Buddha’s Teachings
Below are few of his quotes from various books that I found ver healing and divine
We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.
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.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.