View profile

Not Saying Goodbye to Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Breaks
Not Saying Goodbye to Thich Nhat Hanh
By Zen Breaks • Issue #38 • View online
ZEN BREAKS 38 - A cloud never dies

“If you know where you are going at this moment, then it will not be difficult to know where you will go after you die. You are dying and you are being reborn right here and right now in this very moment.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
118. Not Saying Goodbye to Thich Nhat Hanh
In his physical form, Thich Nhat Hanh left us on the 22nd of January. But only in this form.
As he said, the concepts of birth and death do not always make sense - if we look deeper what we see is more a continuity, a transformation.
These are ideas that we can understand more easily concerning things - as in the examples he liked to use, of a cloud or a flame, which are neither born nor die, but which result and give rise to transformations.
It is more difficult for us to understand or apply these same ideas about people, especially those that we love who depart and with whom we have shared close experiences.
But this also happens concerning those we admire from a distance, whose work, ideas, and actions reach us with fainter reflections, but which still impact us.
Perhaps this is the case with Thich Nhat Hanh. What I know about him is very little and what I remember most of that are the advice and techniques to know how to live better with mindfulness.
How, in his videos and books, he shared the cultivation of the present moment, how he recommended the ideas of the power of love, compassion, and deep listening as the only effective tools to resolve conflicts and reduce suffering.
His teachings, the effects of his actions remain. And in that way, he also stays, he will continue with us, helping us to live more in the present.
“(…) Therefore, I can see me continuing in many forms.
At this point, when you no longer see my body, you will say: "Thay is gone” but that is not true!
Thay is there, but you need to have eyes that see beyond the signs to be able to recognize it.
It is like when the cloud has become rain, the cloud is not lost and you can recognize the cloud in its new form: the rain.
This, when you no longer see Thay in this form anymore, you can recognize the continuation of Thay through other forms.“
If we are able to practice his teachings, then we will certainly choose the way he prefers to continue among us.
May we be able to feel his words: "I have arrived, I am home”.
Where Do We Go When We Die?
Where Do We Go When We Die?
"Positive Words" Personal Journal
"Positive Words" Personal Journal
Positive Words Journal: One Positive Word a Day Journal. A Notebook Journal for a Happy Life (Get to Know Yourself Journals)
"How To Be Calmer" eBooks
"How To Be Calmer" eBooks
“How To Calm Down” eBooks series - simple and practical ways to reduce stress in you daily life, by Zen Michael.
Thank you for sharing this moment. Remember that a few Breaks everyday keeps the stress away. Practice it.
Spread peace and joy: share this Zen Breaks weekly newsletter with you friends.
Did you enjoy this issue?
Become a member for $2 per month
Don’t miss out on the other issues by Zen Breaks
Zen Breaks

A weekly newsletter that inspires you to create moments of calm, joy, and peace in your daily life. Reduce stress, be more creative and live more in the present moment. Subscribe and share with your friends.

You can manage your subscription here.
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue