Happy Birthday Thich Nhat Hanh

The Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh turned 90 years old yesterday. Words can’t even describe what this man’s books, thoughts, and actions have meant to me. To celebrate his birthday I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes of his.

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

“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.”

“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.”

“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.”

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

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.”

“Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy.”

“There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time.”

“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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8 Responses to Happy Birthday Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. Jennie says:

    Wonderful, wonderful! Thank you for this post.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Very wise words. I wonder, when was the last time he felt stressed?

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  3. He has a real knack for showing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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  4. Patty says:

    A wise wise man. Thank you for sharing his wisdom.

    Liked by 1 person

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