Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

-Nhat Hanh
Nhat Hanh

I don't have to hate any person because I can always start anew, I can always reconcile.

Nhat Hanh
Contemplating the bowl, it is possible to see the interdependent elements which give rise to the bowl.
Nhat Hanh

Dealing with our overweight - or with any of our life's difficulties, for that matter - is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.

Nhat Hanh
Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.
Nhat Hanh

Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or run away from difficulties. It is meant to allow positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop—to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future.

Nhat Hanh
Listening is a very deep practice. You have to empty yourself. You have to leave space in order to listen especially to people we think are our enemies - the ones we believe are making our situation worse. When you have shown your capacity for listening and understanding, the other person will begin to listen to you, and you have a change to tell him or her of your pain, and it's your turn to be healed. This is the practice of peace.
Nhat Hanh

Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion - towards ourselves and towards all living beings.

Nhat Hanh
Real peace is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace.
Nhat Hanh

Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.

Nhat Hanh
When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you're not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You're drinking your projects, you're drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either. Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.