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Taking Care of Mothers: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

“Be still and heal.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk How that insight could have helped me as a new mom … if I’d had even an inkling of the value of being still. No one prepared me for the unrelenting demands of motherhood. The realities of a 24/7 responsibility that left no time for […]

Sister Chan Khong’s path of peace

Best known as Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator, Sister Chan Khong is also a dedicated activist and a gifted teacher in her own right.  “People think that engaged Buddhism is only social work, only stopping the war,” Chan Khong says. “But, in fact, at the same time you stop the war outside, you have to […]

The Non-Practice of Hands-On Reiki

Healing begins when you aren’t trying to do anything. This is the practice of non-practice.   — Thich Nhat Hanh Before expanding on the quote above, let me make very clear that there’s still a practice to be put in place, to be engaged in and commit to while we refine our ability to heal and evolve. Show More Summary

How to Meditate: Thich Nhat Hanh on Walking Meditation

The practice of mindful walking, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. Read on and learn how to. Many of us walk for the sole purpose of getting from […]

Connect With What You Truly Want -- Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become a More Effective Leader

Don't just do something, sit there. --- Thich Nhat Hanh The best way to connect with your inner purpose is to take time alone to consider what you truly want out of life. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Almost everyone around you reinforces...Show More Summary

“Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story” — Read the comic (and see the story behind it)

Last year in the Shambhala Sun we ran a piece called “3 Heroes, 5 Powers,” which shared a sample of The Secret of the Five Powers, a comic book that shed light on the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Alfred Hassler, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The Secret of the Five Powers, I learned, was […]

Book Brief: How to Sit, by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Sit By Thich Nhat Hanh Parallax Press 2014; 120 pp., $9.95 (paper) In How to Sit, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us a fresh, accessible guide to sitting meditation, explaining both how to sit and why. It’s a dynamic introduction for those exploring meditation for the first time, and a hearkening back to the […]

The Path of Fearlessness

Back in January, I wrote a post than included this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm: “Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy.” I was writing about a memorial concert for musician Lou Reed who died in October from liver cancer after receiving a [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, Google, and Right Mindfulness

5 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

In the world of corporate mindfulness, Google -- which is so ubiquitous that its name is synonymous with "search online" -- has an equally impressive teacher: Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he is known by followers, has sold more than 2 million books in the U.S. and is deeply admired and respected. read more

Check out the new Shambhala Sun, featuring “The Real Problem with Distraction,” and much more

Our May 2014 magazine is now on newsstands everywhere. Click here to browse all its contents, or read on here for a look at what’s inside: Special Section: The Real Problem with Distraction — Judy Lief, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and John Tarrant offer Buddhism’s deeper take on a modern obsession; George Saunders on […]

In the next Shambhala Sun: “The Real Problem with Distraction,” and much more

Our May magazine is at the printer now and will be on its way to subscribers soon. Here’s a look at what’s inside: Special Section: The Real Problem with Distraction — Judy Lief, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and John Tarrant offer Buddhism’s deeper take on a modern obsession; George Saunders on Kindness — in […]

Love, passion, and relationships: What favorite Shambhala Sun contributors have to say

Happy February 14th to you all — including those who won’t be acknowledging Valentine’s Day. Relationships, after all, can be sources of difficulty as well as joy. But then, as Thich Nhat Hanh tells us, “When you are a full-time buddha, you can find a way to be present and happy in your relationship full-time, […]

Father of Sandy Hook Victim Sits Down with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Neil Heslin, father of Sandy Hook victim, asks Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: What could have prevented what happened that day?

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim asks Thich Nhat Hanh how to prevent such tragedies in the future

Neil Heslin, whose son was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago, attended a retreat with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh last August at Blue Cliff Monastery in New York. At that time, he took the opportunity to ask, “What could have prevented what happened that day, and what [...]

The Sun is out… Take a look.

The January 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine is now on newsstands, featuring a retreat and interview with Thich Nhat Hanh; Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield on “What Makes Us Free”; teachers Gina Sharpe, Karen Maezen Miller, Norman Fischer, and others offering helpful perspectives on the timely subject of “Joyful Giving” — and quite a lot more. [...]

How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go

‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta The end of procrastination is the art of letting go. I’ve been a lifelong procrastinator, at least until recent years. I would put things off until […]

Developing Selfless Compassion

‘So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta While the idea of being more compassionate is appealing to many people, what stands in the way is that we get irritated […]

Refreshing Our Hearts: A free, live online event with Thich Nhat Hanh

Sounds True invites you to join one Thich Nhat Hanh for a free live online event. Streaming live from the historic Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, on Saturday, October 26, at 6 pm ET (GMT-4), “Refreshing Our Hearts,” a two-hour video program, will illuminate how the practice of mindfulness can radically transform our lives and [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh speaks: A preview from the next Shambhala Sun

I’m just back from a sold-out retreat in the Catskills with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. When I first arrived at Blue Cliff Monastery, the lotus pond was full of buds closed so tight that I barely noticed they were there. But several days later, after one of Thay’s dharma talks, I stepped out of [...]

10 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Truth, Peace, and Compassion

10 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Truth, Peace, and Compassion “It is my conviction that there is no way to peace - peace is the way.” Identity Theory

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