Thich Nhat Hanh

Nirvana - The Extinction of All Suffering

In this short video Thay discusses nirvana. Here is a transcription of some of his key points:

Flower Meditation

flower meditation

When we see a blooming flower, its natural beauty and fragrance never fail to lift our spirit no matter which corner of the globe we are in. Flowers bring us much joy and are a universal expression of love and appreciation for others, both in celebration and memorials. Yet a flower withers shortly after it blooms- a profound reminder of the impermanence of all life. Being with a flower mindfully is a deep meditation.

Gab with the Gurus: Dr. Lilian Cheung on Mindful Eating

Connie Bennett
March 18, 2011
Gab with the Gurus

Dr. Cheung explains mindful eating and the important role it plays in our personal and collective recovery from obesity. Looking for ways to break unhealthy habits? In this interview, Dr. Cheung tells us how.

A Message From Thich Nhat Hanh to the Japanese

Cherry Blossoms

Seeing the devastation of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan reminds us how important it is to practice gratitude, mindfulness, and savor each moment, as Thich Nhat Hanh writes in this letter:

 Dear friends in Japan,

As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The Great Bell Chant [The End of Suffering]

This is one of my favorites. Every time I watch and listen to this video, my heart opens and is filled with wonder over our universe.  My spirit soars with inspiration and joy!

How can I get over being so judgmental?

Q. How can I get over being so judgmental?

A. When we look at a human being, we look deeply enough to see that an individual is made of many elements: society, education, parents, ancestors, culture and so on. If we don’t see all these elements, we don’t fully see the person. If he has the tendency to behave in a negative manner, it doesn’t mean that he liked to behave that way, but that he may be a victim of transmission. The negative seeds in him may have been transmitted to him by his society, his parents, his ancestors, or his culture.

Q & A With Thich Nhat Hanh: How Can We Avoid Burnout?


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Q: Many of us activists are dedicated to the cause of peace, but we see so little progress we get discouraged. How can we avoid burnout?

Thich Nhat Hanh Q & A: How do we ensure that the stronger partner does not overpower the weaker one in a relationship?

loving relationship

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Q: A loving relationship should be made up of two equal partners. How can we ensure that the stronger of the two does not overpower the weaker one and swallow him or her?

Thich Nhat Hanh Q & A: Healing A Wounded Inner Child

Peace In Oneself Peace In The World

Q: How can those of us who had a painful childhood get past our pain and learn to trust people again?


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