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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Eat an Apple

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Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung show you that the simple act of eating an apple mindfully can bring you many delights. Let’s have a taste of mindfulness. Take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will do. Wash it. Dry it. Before taking a bite, pause for a moment. Look at the apple in your palm and ask yourself: When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating [...]

The Practice of Sangha

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Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community, it’s a deep spiritual practice. A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love. When you do not see these in a community, it is not a true sangha, and you should [...]

Is Nothing Something?

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Illustration by Jessica McClure. Thich Nhat Hanh answers children’s questions. Children have a special place in the Plum Village tradition of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. There are special practices, vows, and programs designed especially for children and teens, and Thich Nhat Hanh often fashions the first part of his dharma talks with them in mind. He regularly takes [...]

After the Honeymoon

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Falling in love is easy, but staying in love takes work. Thich Nhat Hanh offers advice for cultivating a relationship that’s loving and strong. To commit to another person is to embark on a very adventurous journey. There is no one “right person” who will make it easier. You must be very wise and patient to keep your love alive, so that it will last for a long time. The first [...]

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness

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The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a serious stroke in November of 2014. (You can contribute to his relief effort, here.) We join practitioners around the world in sending our prayers and good wishes for his full recovery. Thich Nhat Hanh’s life is inspiring, his benefit great, and his teaching, like the dharma itself, profound and practical. We all want to be [...]

A Prayer for Peace

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Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh. This prayer was used throughout South Vietnam in 1965 in the “Don’t Shoot Your Own Brother” campaign to rouse the willingness to work for peace. During meetings of young people, we chanted this poem, uniting our hearts and our efforts to continue to work for peace.   In beauty, sitting on a lotus flower, is Lord Buddha, quiet and [...]

Get a look at a new breed of comic-book hero

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Look inside the comic book celebrating nonviolent heroes Thich Nhat Hanh, Alfred Hassler, and Sister Chan Khong. After the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh is probably the most famous Buddhist teacher of our time. But what’s this? He’s a superhero now? Well, not quite. But Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as he is affectionately known, is most definitely a hero for peace, as is his [...]