Tag Archives: Thich-Nhat-Hanh

Spiritual Practice and Learning to Surrender (w/music)

Here are some insights on surrender from various spiritual teachers, paths, and poets that I have found comforting and inspiring.  At the end, I share a moving instrumental piece by pianist Solomon Keal from his beautiful album Peace of Heaven. Some of us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, before we let go, and […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh-No Death, No Fear (audio)

“Our greatest fear is that when we die we will become nothing. We believe we are born from nothing and that when we die we become nothing. And so we are filled with fear of annihilation. The Buddha has a very different understanding, that birth and death are notions. They are not real.” ~ Thich […]

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How Insight and Loving-kindness Free Us from Mental Parasites

In an earlier post entitled “Taming Elephants-How To Transform Negative Habit Energies,” I shared teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh on how to deal with what he called “habit energies.” As Thầy, as Thich Nhat Hanh is affectionately known by his students, writes: “We know how strong, how powerful the habit energy is. We notice that […]

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What does it feel like to walk like a Buddha?

My last two posts have been about walking meditation: Freshen Up Your Practice with Walking Meditation Some More Helpful Tips on Walking Meditation I thought it would be appropriate to end this particular series on walking mediation with the “Zen poetry,” so to speak, of my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. There are so many […]

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Freshen Up Your Practice with Walking Meditation

If you’ve been doing sitting meditation for a while, you might want to look into walking meditation as a way to “freshen up” your meditative practice.  This is the advice of Ajahn Brahmavamso in his instruction that I’m sharing below.  I can attest from my own practice how helpful walking meditation can be.  In fact, […]

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Mindfulness of Breathing-a short teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

Probably no practice of Buddhism is more basic or more universal than anapanasati, or mindfulness of breathing. The word ânàpànasati is a Pali word that literally means mindfulness (or full awareness) on the in- and out-breath. It would be a mistake, however to conclude that anapanasati only means mindfulness established on in and out breathing. […]

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Martin Luther King-He Still Calls Our Hearts to Act

Martin Luther King was a hero of mine long before I became a Buddhist. His assassination in 1968 was one of those seminal moments that caused me to dedicate myself with greater effort to the ideas of equality and justice that exemplified Dr. King’s life. Later in my life, when I came to Buddhism through […]

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Mindful breathing-our unsinkable boat on the river of suffering

Thich Nhat Hanh “When we practice mindful breathing, we nourish the awareness of being there in the here and the now. When we practice mindful walking or mindful breakfast making, we give ourselves an opportunity to touch what is there in the present moment, to touch the wonders of life that are available to us. […]

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New Year Message from Thich Nhat Hanh

“The New Year is a great opportunity to begin anew. Because many people look at the new year, the year to come, with hope. “I will do better next year,” you promise yourself…Of course we have made mistakes. Of course we have been not very skillful. Of course we have made ourselves suffer. Of course […]

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Buddha and Christ-Let the Child be Born to Us

Every year in Plum Village, France, my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrates Christmas with his sangha, the community of students and practitioners there. Usually, he gives a talk about Jesus and about his meaning to us today, whether we are Christians or Buddhists or any other faith or non-faith. Now, it may seem strange […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh-Kiss the Earth

Kiss The Earth Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the Earth with your feet. Bring the Earth your love and happiness. The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Going Home by Coming Back to Oneself

Today, I’ve been reading again my heart teacher’s wonderful book Going Home-Jesus and Buddha as Brothers. At this time of the year, with so many people going home, or wishing they could go home, or dreading going home, these teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh can be a big help. May these words of wisdom comfort […]

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Finding Your True Home in the Here and Now

“Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in […]

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Listening with the heart of a Buddha

Listening with the heart of a Buddha One of the practices that my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, stresses is listening deeply.  This kind of listening involves the whole heart and complete presence.  It means really being there for the other person, putting aside all our self-defenses and self-interests, and really listening.   Of course, this […]

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Embrace it, Don’t Fight it!

Embrace it, Don’t Fight it! “You have to generate the energy of mindfulness, which is also you, and that positive energy will do the work of recognizing and embracing. Every time you embrace your habit energy, you can help it to transform a little bit. The habit energy is a kind of seed within your […]

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