Creating an Enlightened Society

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Now more than ever, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we need a global ethic of compassion, understanding, and peace. Here’s how Buddhism can help. The world in which we live is globalized. Economies halfway around the world affect our own. Our politics, education, and cultural consumption happen on a global scale. Our ethics and morality also need to be globalized. A new global order [...]

You Don’t Need to Be Buddhist

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Thich Nhat Hanh tells Andrea Miller that anyone can use the five mindfulness trainings to lead a life of understanding and compassion. Why do you say that you don’t need to be a Buddhist in order to receive the transmission of the five mindfulness trainings? You don’t need to be Buddhist in order to think with understanding and love. You don’t need to be Buddhist in order [...]

The Fullness of Emptiness

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Emptiness is not something to be afraid of, says Thich Nhat Hanh. The Heart Sutra teaches us that form may be empty of self but it’s full of everything else. If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The [...]

Awakening My Heart

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The Sun’s Andrea Miller attends a transformational six-day retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The War Memorial Gym is a sea of eight hundred prone people. When I finally find an empty patch of floor, I unfurl my yoga mat. Then I lie down on top of it, covering myself with the itchy yellow blanket I carted here from my dorm room. This is the evening of the first full day of Thich [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

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Andrea Miller’s exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. After Thay’ 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. Through the windows I saw the radiant blue of the sky and the Georgia Strait. Inside—except for the pot of orchids on the table—it was all earthy brown: [...]

Peace in Every Step

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Thich Nhat Hanh's life of courage and compassion, by Andrea Miller. In seven boats filled to the brim with food, Thich Nhat Hanh and a small team of volunteers rowed up the Thu Bon River, going high into the mountains, where soldiers were shooting at each other and the air reeked of dead bodies. The team was without mosquito netting or potable water, and, despite the icy [...]

Love and Liberation: An interview with Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh on true love, the benefits of suffering, and the insight that will set you free. He says that he teaches original Buddhism with a Mahayana spirit. I say that no one else today presents the Buddha’s central teachings as clearly and powerfully. — Melvin McLeod, Editor in Chief of the Shambhala Sun Melvin McLeod: Why is mindfulness the key to happiness? Thich [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

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"Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in." It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy. Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and [...]

Growing Together

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In his introduction to the book, Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships, 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 [...]

The World We Have

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Only when we combine our concern for the planet with spiritual practice will we have the tools to make the profound personal transformations necessary to address the coming environmental crisis. In this excerpt from his important new book, The World We Have, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us the guiding principles for a new ecospirituality of mindful living. We are like [...]