31 Jan 33 Powerful Teachings from a Zen Master
When I talk and write about happiness, I’m mostly coming from a Positive Psychology perspective.
That is, the science of thriving and flourishing.
But there’s much that overlaps with Buddhism and other, related, Eastern Philosophies.
Buddhism has had much to say about happiness AND NOTABLY, much of it has been reinforced by newer, scientific studies.
If this is something that interests you, check out what Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn has to say about happiness and living a good life…
via Inc.com by Susan Steinbrecher
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our time. His impact spans decades and generations. Hanh first gained recognition as a peace activist in the 1960s for his anti-war efforts, and for delivering the teachings of mindfulness to the west. His simplified Buddhist philosophy focusing on mindfulness and compassion has changed the hearts and minds of thousands over the years. He is truly a living legacy.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master, and prolific bestselling author on myriad topics including mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. One of Hanh’s books that I return to often is How to Sit — the first book in the Mindfulness Essentials Series that provides a wonderful introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Today, Hanh’s teachings are more relevant than ever. His wisdom seems to answer the soul-searching questions that haunt so many of us. Hanh believes that to solve the world’s problems (as well as our own) we must master the art of “deep listening.” This practice involves remaining present with the person or people you are in conversation with, and to listen with ultimate compassion — allowing them to “empty their heart.” You should not offer advice or your perception of their pain he advises, just listen. When you listen in order to understand fully, it lessens the suffering of others. This mindfulness practice can be transforming — I see it work wonders with leaders and their colleagues time and time again. It is also effective at home when contentious issues arise with family members, a partner or friend. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Hahn maintained that he believes deep listening may even allow us to resolve major conflicts that lead to war or terrorism.
At 92 years-old, Thich Nhat Hanh has returned to his home country of Vietnam and currently resides at the temple where he trained as a young man. His legacy and peaceful influence in the world will undoubtedly live on forever. Below is a compilation of Hanh’s sage teachings. Try to focus mindfully on each one and, as Hanh would say, remember to “smile, breathe and go slowly.”
On living in the moment:
“No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now.”
“Every one of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it.”
“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
“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.”
“Sitting in meditation is nourishment for your spirit and nourishment for your body, as well.”
“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.”
“My actions are my only true belongings.”
“The energies of mindfulness, concentration and insight can liberate us from our anxiety and worries. We let go of the past and the future and come in touch with the wonders of the present.”
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.”