The Doors of Liberation

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No self, no form, no goal: Thich Nhat Hanh on the truth we’re distracting ourselves from.   Dualistic notions, such as birth and death, being and nonbeing, sameness and otherness, coming and going, are the foundation of all afflictions. Meditating on the three doors of liberation helps us throw away these notions. The three doors of liberation, which are taught in [...]

A Buddhist cop’s approach to justice

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  Cheri Maples, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and former police officer, addresses the U.S.'s crisis in policing and how a Buddhist outlook could help foster more positive relations between citizens and police. A cop meets Thich Nhat Hanh I became serious about developing a consistent mindfulness practice when I attended my first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (known [...]

Love + Wisdom = Buddha

"I have arrived I am home" calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh, available in the Lion's Roar Store.

Zen teacher Norman Fischer looks at the famed Heart Sutra and explains why compassion and emptiness go hand in hand. Plus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his new translation of the Heart Sutra, which teaches the transcendent wisdom that frees us from fear, wrong perceptions, and suffering. The key term in Buddhism’s Heart Sutra is the Sanskrit word shunyata, usually translated into [...]

The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Quotes, and Books

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The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. -Thich Nhat Hanh "We gauge the greatness of spiritual teachers by the depth, breadth, and impact of their teachings, and by the example their lives set for us. By all these measures, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the leading spiritual masters [...]

The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

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The Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien) was formed by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh in the mid-1960’s, at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating and the teachings of the Buddha were desperately needed to combat the hatred, violence, and divisiveness enveloping his country. On the full moon day of February 1966, Zen Master Nhat Hanh ordained six members into the [...]

Growing Together

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Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can use loving relationships to cultivate the seeds of buddhahood inside us. To commit to another person is to embark on a very adventurous journey. You must be very wise and very patient to keep your love alive so it will last for a long time. The first year of a committed relationship can already reveal how difficult it is. When you first [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

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Andrea Miller’s exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. After Thich Nhat Hanh's 2011 Vancouver retreat wrapped up, two nuns ushered me into the kitchen/living room portion of a student residence at the University of British Columbia. Inside—except for the pot of orchids on the table—it was all earthy brown: Thich Nhat Hanh, in his brown robes, sipped from a clear cup of [...]

Five Mindfulness Trainings

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The five mindfulness trainings are an expression of the five precepts, the core of Buddhist ethics, and offer a down-to-earth method of practicing mindfulness in daily life. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his book Good Citizens, "The five mindfulness trainings are offered without dogma or religion. Everybody can use them as an ethics for their life without becoming Buddhist or [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Sit

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Set aside a room or corner or a cushion that you use just for sitting. The sound of a bell is a wonderful way to begin sitting meditation. If you don’t have a bell you can download a recording of the sound of a bell onto your phone or computer. When you sit, keep your spinal column quite straight, while allowing your body to be relaxed. Relax every muscle in your body, [...]

Loosening the Knots of Anger Through Mindfulness Practice

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Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment, and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves. To be happy, to me, is to suffer less. If we were not capable of transforming the pain within ourselves, happiness would not be possible. Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside of us. Our [...]