Mindfulness: In Memory of Father of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, the world-renowned spiritual leader, poet, peace activist and father of mindfulness passed away on January 22, 2022. Thich Nhat Hanh was a pioneer who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West. He was renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.  He had published more than 100 books that were translated into over 40 languages. 

What is mindfulness? How can we incorporate mindfulness into our everyday life? Let us find out the answer from Thich Hnat Hanh’s lectures, quotes, and books. 

Thich Nhat Hanh Teachings

  1. Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt – Powerful
  2. How do I stay in the present moment when it feels unbearable?
  3. The Art of Communicating
  4. Calm – Ease | Guided Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering)
  6. Unintentional ASMR | Thich Nhat Hanh’s softly spoken speech on breaking bad habits
  7. How to let anger out | Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions
  8. WALK WITH ME – International Trailer
  9. How do I love myself? | Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions
  10. Thich Nhat Hanh – Introduction to Mindfulness / Tranquility Meditation
  11. Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health | Thich Nhat Hanh | Talks at Google
  12. How to Take Care of the Habit Energy of Worrying | Thich Nhat Hanh (short teaching video)
  13. Loneliness and the Illusion of Connection | Thich Nhat Hanh
  14. How to stop looking for other people’s approval | Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions
  15. Mindful Breathing Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

  1. “Life is available only in the present moment.”
  1. “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
  1. “I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
  1. “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
  1. “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
  1. “The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
  1. “If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence”
  1. “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
  1. “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
  1. “When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”
  1. “When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
  1. “The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
  1. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
  1. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
  1. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

Thich Nhat Hanh Books

Peace is every step : the path of mindfulness in everyday life by Thich Nhat Hanh

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In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment.

World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

The art of living Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now by Thich Nhat Hanh

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In troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh——one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today——reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life’s deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.

The miracle of mindfulness : an introduction to the practice of meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle of Mindfulness is a classic guide to meditation that has introduced generations of readers to the life-changing beauty of mindful awareness. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh

The fifth book in the bestselling Mindfulness Essentials series, a back-to-basics collection from world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces everyone to the essentials of mindfulness practice.

Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we relax, we “become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we’re not calm, the image we reflect will be distorted. When the image is distorted by our minds, it’s not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering.

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today, this is Thich Nhat Hanh’s masterful work on how to be the change we want to see in the world,

Beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is blazingly clear: there’s one thing we all have the power to change, which can make all the difference, and that is our mind. Our way of looking, seeing, and thinking determines every choice we make, the everyday actions we take or avoid, how we relate to those we love or oppose, and how we react in a crisis.

No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh

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The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration transforming suffering and finding true joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us.

The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion, and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Zen meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh offers his practical teachings about how to bring love and mindful awareness into our daily experience. Kind, purposeful, and illuminating—here is an abundant treasure of traditional gathas (teachings) that unify meditation practice with the challenges we face in today’s world.

Is Nothing Something?: Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thich Nhat Hanh

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, “What is important in life?” and “Why is my brother mean to me?” and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as “How do I know if I really love somebody?”, “How long am I going to live?”, and “What does God look like?”

How to Connect by Thich Nhat Hanh

With our world experiencing the deep effects of loneliness, environmental detachment, and digital overload, this pocket-sized How To book reminds us of our crucial need to connect to ourselves, our ancestors, and our planet. Written with characteristic simplicity and kindness, these wise meditations teach us how to remember, at any time, our fundamental gift of belonging.

Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Learn how complete awareness can open the door to lasting transformation in work, worship, love, and all other areas of your life. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s acclaimed theory of mindfulness explores ways to shine the light of awareness into our intimate relationships.

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