On Thich Nhat Hanh

Just read my first book by Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh (now in Plum Village in France). This little guy totally got to me.

“Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it.”

“The real miracle is walking on the earth, not walking on water or fire. The real miracle is walking on this earth.”

“But if you are a slave, even if only the slave of an idea, happiness will be very difficult for you to achieve. That is why you should cultivate freedom, including freedom from your own concepts and ideas. Let go of your ideas, even if abandoning them is not easy.”

So thanks, you fabulous Vietnamese monk lingering beautifully on the South of France in some fantastic place actually called “Plum Village.” Thanks for the thoughts, and the book small enough to fit in my purse on public transportation, and the tiny  chance to grasp at undeserved transcendence.

(above are selected quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh’s You Are Here)

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