"There is no Passion to be found PLAYING SMALL, in settling for a LIFE that is less than the one you are capable of Living.....
Red Solar Dragon, Nelson Mandala

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

THICH NHAT HANH

***Peace is all around us--in the world and in nature and within us--in our bodies, and our spirits.
Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed.
It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of PRACTICE.***




***Words can travel across thousands of miles.  May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers.
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***Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.***


***Forgetfulness is the darkness, mindfulness is the light.***


***When understanding is born in me, compassion is also born.***


***Wholesome, spiritual nourishment can be found looking at the blue sky, the spring blossoms, or the eyes of a child.  We can celebrate the joys that are available in these simple pleasures.***


***Waking up this morning, I smile.  Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.  I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with eyes of compassion.***


***It takes time to practice generosity, but being generous is the best use of our time.***






Thich Nhat Hanh (Born October 11, 1926) is a Buddhist Monk Teacher, Author, Poet and Peace Activist now based in France.
He joined a zen monastery at the age if 16.  Studied Buddhism as a novice, and was fully ordained as a monk in 1949.  The name Thich is used by all Vietnamese Monks and Nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya Muni Buddha Clan.  Nhat Hank has become an important influence in the development of western Buddhism.  His teachings and practices aim to appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds, intending to offer mindfulness practices for more western sensibilities.  Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in english, a Journal for the Order of Interbeing, The Mindfulness Bell, is published quarterly, which includes a dharma talk by him.  Nhat Hanh continues to be active in the peace movement.  Promoting non-violent solutions to conflict.  He has also been featured in many films, including the Forgiveness showcased at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival.

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