Category Archives: insight

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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Flower Insights

Excerpt from “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns.  He did not say anything for quite a long time.  The audience … Continue reading

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Washing the Dishes

Excerpt from “At Home in the World: Stories and essential teachings from a monk’s life” by Thich Nhat Hanh When I was still a novice at Tu Hieu Pagoda, washing the dishes was hardly a pleasant task. During the annual Rains … Continue reading

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Meeting Thầy’s Life Force

Excerpt from Deer Park Monastery post on May 06, 2019 titled “Meeting Thay’s Life Force” by Sister Dang Nghiem I had the opportunity to see Thầy at the root temple, Từ Hiếu, on March 16, 2019. Thầy was eating breakfast … Continue reading

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Watching Thoughts with Care

The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Noise

It is a paradox that we encounter so much internal noise when we first try to sit in silence. It is a paradox that experiencing pain releases pain. It is a paradox that keeping still can lead us so fully … 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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