So true .... so very true ....
"We often think of peace as the absence of war; that if the powerful countries would reduce their arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds - our prejudices, fears, and ignorance. Even if we transported all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the reasons for bombs would still be here, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we would make new bombs. Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindful."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
After I read the quote by Thich Nhat Hanh today, and was still reverberating from how much it resonated with me, I googled him. I knew nothing about him. How can that be, I wondered? I never cease to amaze myself at how little I sometimes know. Here's what I found out about this man on http://www.plumvillage.org:
Thich Nhat Hanh
"One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the "engaged Buddhism" movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society." READ FULL BIO
Thây teaches that dwelling in the present moment is
the only way to truly develop peace, both in one's self and in the world.
I'll leave you with the last sentence of his quote and let you ruminate on it:
"Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and
separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence
in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindful."
JUST IN CASE YOU WONDERED
How do you pronounce Thich Nhat Hanh? The English pronunciation is: Tik · N'yat · Hawn
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