Friday, January 21, 2022

Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022)

Thich Nhat Hanh:

"I am a continuation, like the rain is the continuation of a cloud."


"Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon preserved in a museum. Only when we find the spring of wisdom in our own life can it flow to future generations."


“I am often on the verge of tears or laughter. But beneath all these emotions, what else is there? How can I touch it? If there isn’t anything, why would I be so certain that there is?"


"The moment I met Martin Luther King, Jr., I knew I was in the presence of a holy person. Not just his good work, but his very being was a source of great inspiration for me... On the altar in my hermitage in France are images of Buddha and Jesus, and every time I light incense, I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors... In Vietnam, we refer to Dr. King as a "Bodhisattva," an enlightened being devoted to serving humanity..."



I hold my face in my two hands

No, I am not crying.

I hold my face in my two hands

to keep the loneliness warm--

two hands protecting

two hands nourishing,

two hands preventing

my soul from leaving me

in anger.


"Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible."
(From Going Home:  Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk)


Colette said...

Thank you for all these quotes.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I loved reading how he felt about Martin Luther King. Beautiful.

Pixie said...

Wow! Thanks.

Pixie said...

I only just realized that Thich Nhat Hanh had died. I am so thick at times.

37paddington said...

Beautiful compilation of words from a holy man. Thank you, thank you.