Saturday, August 31, 2013

For a Future to be Possible

For a Future to be Possible
Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings
by Thich Nhat Hanh

When we see suffering, compassion is born in us.

We need to stay in touch with suffering only to the extent that we will not forget; so that compassion will flow within us and be a source of energy for our actions.

Thinking is the base of everything.

When we are truly alive, everything we do or touch is a miracle.

Time is for being alive; for sharing joy and happiness with others.

When a person is suffering from so much physical pain, we sometimes can alleviate his suffering by watering the seeds of happiness that are in him.

Love is deep, beautiful and whole. True love contains respect.

We have to make an effort to heal our language by using words carefully.
"It doesn't cost anything to have loving speech." Vietnamese saying
When we feel understood, we suffer much less.

The Buddha has to be in society.

To keep your body healthy is to express gratitude to the whole cosmos...

The quality of our life depends very much on the amount of peace and joy that can be found in our bodies and consciousness.
"My own approach to food is to be curious and grateful." Gary Snyder
"In Buddhism, a clear mind is a precious gem." Saluk Sivarikia
"If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way." The Buddha
"Nonviolence can never be absolute. But we can continue to do our best to minimize the harm we cause and to maximize our appreciation and reverence for all life - people, animals, plants, and minerals." Chan Khong


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