THICH NHAT HANH:
“If we’re a free person, we aren’t conditioned by things around us. We just smile to them and we make our path. Our surroundings are like a mirror. If we smile, the mirror smiles. If we cry, the mirror cries. If we’re angry, then the situation becomes angry. But even if the situation looks angry, if we’re able to smile, then the situations smile with us. So the surroundings are coming from our mind.
“Master Linji taught,
‘When mind arises, the objects of mind arise. When the mind does not arise, the objects of mind do not arise. When thought does not arise, all the phenomena that are cannot harm us.
‘As far as the mundane world and the supramundane world are concerned, there is no Buddha and no Dharma. They do not really exist in this moment and they will not cease to exist in the future. Whatever you talk of as really existing is just words, chapters, and phrases. All they are able to do is guide infants. Skillful means are devised as medicines to heal sickness. The display of words and phrases is part of these skillful means. It is you who are present here in this moment with your living perception of sight and hearing clear as a torch flame illuminating all around – you are the one who displays all the words and phrases.’ ”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go, p. 176, 177
Thich Nhat Hanh wrote the introduction to a booklet by Thomas Merton “Contemplative Prayer”. Thay mentions the following Buddhist “9 Prayers” which I find very timely for my practice at present. Please enjoy these prayers:
In these first days of the New Year 2014 I reflect often on what it means to live in a new way, unburdened by my past actions. I feel the freshness of living each moment complete as it is and not carrying anything over into the next moment. There is a subtle joy at being open to what the next moment unveils and, let me put it this way, expecting the unexpected. The usual way of going through life has been to assume that everything will appear in my field of perception more or less as it has in the past. This year many unexpected things are happening. These surprises are very much to my liking and life is taking on the quality of being created in the moment. Continue reading
The only way to create New Earth, which is to live New Earth, is from the Stable Mind. Sometimes it is called “Big Mind”, or Universal Consciousness. When we continually ground ourselves in that place, then “we see clearly what we should and should not do in order to improve the situation”.
It always comes back to the core statement that we move in the space we create as we move. (Krishnamurti) How we live now is how our future unfolds around us. This is the view that evolution is the dynamic of the unfoldment of all the potential that is contained within each of us as seeds.
Our wonderful friend and spiritual companion, the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, speaks beautifully about the greatest present of all: your living Presence.
Enjoy and Blessings on these special days!
Recorded at the Sounds True “Body and Mind are One” retreat in Colorado in the summer of 2011. There is something about Thich Nhat Hanh’s presence that just allows for an outpouring of mindfulness, love, kindness, and compassion.
Originally posted by Kozo Hattori on everydaygurus.com
A very wonderful talk by Thich Nhat Hanh in response to a question by my dear friend Kozo Hattori of Everydaygurus.com:
A week ago, I published an article about a conversation I had with Thich Nhat Hanh. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. James Doty and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, I am able to share the video of this short interview with you.
I made this poster and hung it above my bed after reading these words of Thich Nhat Hanh:
“The true person doesn’t go looking for an outside master. WE are in charge of our own destiny and we have to be responsible for each of our own words, thoughts, and actions. Mindfulness will help. Then we realize, ‘I’m thinking like this. I’m responsible for these thoughts. I’ve spoken like that, I’m responsible for my words. I’m doing this, and I’m responsible for this action.’