Category Archives: awareness of suffering

We Are the Beaters; We Are the Beaten

By THICH NHAT HANH – APRIL 15, 1991 – Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1991-04-15-me-32-story.html People everywhere on the planet have seen the image of the Los Angeles policemen beating the young driver. The moment I first saw it, I saw myself … Continue reading

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Working with Chaos

Edited excerpt from Lions Roar post “Three methods for Working with Chaos” by Pema Chodron.  When we feel squeezed, there’s a tendency for mind to become small. We feel miserable, like a victim, like a pathetic, hopeless case. Yet believe … Continue reading

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Transforming Feelings

Excerpt from “How to Deal with Negative Emotions in 5 Mindful Steps” by Gavril Nikolaev Step #1 Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that the first step in dealing with negative emotions is to recognize them. Anticipate the tide by observing … Continue reading

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The Fruit of Awareness is Ripe

My youth an unripe plum. Your teeth have left their marks on it. The tooth marks still vibrate. I remember always, remember always. Since I learned how to love you, the door of my soul.has been left wide open to … Continue reading

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The art of suffering well

From No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh  We all want to be happy and there are many books and teachers in the world that try to help people be happier. Yet we all … Continue reading

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Scorpion Nature

Excerpt from Mindfulness Bell “Scorpion Nature” by Sister Dang Nghiem There is a story about a scorpion and a frog. One day, the scorpion needs to cross a pond. So the scorpion tells the frog, “Frog, my friend, would you … Continue reading

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Can there be peace without war?

Excerpt from Spiritual Reflections on War and Peace: A Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Forum, March 19, 2003 Q: You have mentioned that there is no happiness without suffering. When I change these words we might consider that there is no peace … Continue reading

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Why the Buddha Kept Meditating

Excerpt from “No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering” by Thich Nhat Hanh. When I was a young monk, I wondered why the Buddha kept practicing mindfulness and meditation even after he had already become a Buddha. Now I … Continue reading

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Transform Our Fears First

Excerpt from Mindfulness and Meditation  post To Make Reconciliation Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh  All of us have heard about the event in Newtown. A young man went to a school and killed a lot of children and teachers. After the event, … Continue reading

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Happiness Depends on Nothing

Excerpt from Blog Post “Part I ‘Ezra Bayda on Happiness’” by Warren Lang – Full Post Start†with†Happiness†Discourse ‘Happiness†seldom†alights†upon†the†desire†that†calls†for†it’…†Marcel Proust† My understanding is that Proust was known for his hypersensitivity to pollen allergies, but more importantly, perhaps he is best known for his sensitivities … Continue reading

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