Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese Zen Master in exile. He traveled the world spreading his message of peace touching the lives of millions. I’ve been learning and practicing Buddhism for many years, but couldn’t get ahead in my mindfulness practice. I began to study Thich Nhat Hanh’s work and it has proven to be paramount to my work not just as a Buddhist but as a human being. I learned that peace, when cultivated properly, can radiate out and help all the people around you. I learned that there is no difference in what you do in meditation or post-meditation it is all one. All it takes is a smile, and when you lose the moment, it just takes a breath. These are the simple things I tend to forget in my life outside of meditation. Sometimes I try to make Buddhist practice so difficult or Buddhist study so complex when it doesn’t need to be. Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings show that life can be as simple as you make it.
I find it funny that true masters of any tradition not only don’t see themselves as masters but discourage their students from calling the masters as well. Thich Nhat Hanh was such a master. I never met him, but in his videos, he treated everyone with kindness and all their questions with respect. He would stop and think before speaking giving the audience responses, advice, and teachings. Let me not sit here are keep trying to write about his teachings. Instead let me leave you with two books and a video so you can see for yourself.
And here is a fifteen-minute video:
(I don’t get anything from those Amazon links.)