Category Archives: Thich Nhat Hanh

Finger isn’t moon


The raft is used to cross the river. It isn’t to be carried around on your shoulders. The finger which points at the moon isn’t the moon itself. – Thich Nhat Hanh


Two gardens


You have two gardens: your own garden and that of your beloved. First, you have to take care of your own garden and master the art of gardening.
In each one of us there are flowers and garbage.
The garbage is the anger, fear, discrimination, and jealousy within us. If you water the garbage, you will strengthen the negative seeds.
If you water the flowers of compassion, understanding, and love, you will strengthen the positive seeds.

What you grow is up to you.

If you don’t know how to practice selective watering in your own garden, then you won’t have enough wisdom to help water the flowers in the garden of your beloved. In cultivating your own garden well, you also help to cultivate their garden.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Be yourself

Be yourself.
Life is precious as it is.
Just Be.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Drink your tea slowly

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

My two hands

I hold my face in my two hands.
No, I am not crying.
I hold my face in my two hands
to keep the loneliness warm:
two hands protecting,
two hands nourishing,
two hands preventing
my soul from leaving me
in anger!

Thich Nhat Hanh

You are me

You are me, and I am you.
Isn’t it obvious that we “inter-are”?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Understanding and love

The will to love is not love yet. The capacity to love lies in the capacity of understanding. Understanding is the foundation of love and the real power.

Thich Nhat Hanh