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Living Buddha, Living Christ Quotes

Because you are alive, everything is possible.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh

We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh

If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh

I always encourage them to practice in a way that will help them go back to their own tradition and get re-rooted. If they succeed at becoming reintegrated, they will be an important instrument in transforming and renewing their tradition.
When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted. If we find ways to cherish and develop our spiritual heritage, we will avoid the kind of alienation that is destroying society, and we will become whole again. … Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions, and this will benefit everyone.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh