Thich Nhat Hanh To Live In The Present Moment Is A Miracle

Last Updated September 19th, 2017

To live in the present moment is a miracle is one of the many profound quotes by the renowned expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk is also a teacher, author and peace activist.

Thich Nhat Hanh exiled from Vietnam for many years, he travels internationally giving retreats and talks.

This popular monk has settled in Southern France and founded Plum Village, the Buddhist meditation practice center and monastery.

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In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nhat Hanh led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

He is one of the well known Buddhist teachers in the West.

Nhat Hanh offers a practice of mindfulness that is often adapted to Western sensibilities.

Thich Nhat Hanh has written more than 100 books, including the 1995 best-seller “Living Buddha, Living Christ“.

Recently I came across his simple book called “You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment“.

This book was originally written in Vietnamese as a letter to Brother Quang, a main staff member of the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam back in 1974.

Read this powerful book which offers simple daily practices which can help you discover the happiness and freedom of living in the present moment.

Here are some of Thich Nhat Hanh words of wisdom from his many books:

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

(The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh, Translated by Mobi Ho, Beacon Press, 1987; p.15)

“The foundation of happiness is mindfulness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy, and lightness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


Life can be found only in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


Anger is rooted in our lack of understanding of ourselves and of the causes, deep-seated as well as immediate, that brought about this unpleasant state of affairs.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“Compassionate listening brings about healing. When someone listens to us this way, we feel some relief right away.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


Life is available only in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

(Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh,, 2008, The Seventh Mindfulness Training; p.112)

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment.” Thich Nhat Hanh

(The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, And Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh, Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, 2015 (Reprint); p.196)

“To be beautiful means to be yourself.” Thich Nhat Hanh

(Work: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Each Hour of the Day by Thich Nhat Hanh, Find A home At Work, Parallax Press, 2012; p.50)

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” Thich Nhat Hanh


“To be loved means to be recognized as existing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

(The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-day Mindfulness Retreat by Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, 2013; p.64)

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

(Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh,, 2009, Hugging Meditation;p.107)

“Spirituality is a practice that brings relief, communication, and transformation.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

(How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh, Random House, 2016, Spiritual Practice)

Here is the link to the book “The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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