Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

08/07/2012 03:51 pm ET | Updated Oct 07, 2012
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For more than 60 years, Thich Nhat Hanh has followed the path of Zen Buddhism. Here, his most thought-provoking quotes.

"If we believe that tomorrow will be better we can bear a hardship today."

"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness."

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

"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."

"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes."

"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."

"When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?"

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

"We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality."

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