A humble and gentle monk, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thích Nhất Hạnh) was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace, here are five of the best Thich Nhat Hanh quotes ever spoken by the Zen Master.
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.
It can sometimes seem like we are on a lifetime quest to achieve happiness. “Once I find my soul mate, then I’ll be happy,” or “if I get that promotion, then I’ll be happy,” or “once I’m making this or that income, then I’ll be happy.” Woven within the mere thought itself is a sense of being “less than” you want to be, which therefore makes you less happy than you were before that thought even arrived.
There are times when we need to put our feet in front of our heads and then our thoughts and emotions will follow. We don’t have to climb Mount Vesuvius, but if all we can do is take even one step in that direction, it can make a difference.
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.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.
Good health means everything, We only have one life, one body, so take good care of it.
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.