Thich Nhat Hanh is a global leader in loving-kindness, spiritual practice. While western culture has recently been knotting 'mindful' to suit marketing needs and 'sell peace', Thich Nhat Hanh has simply lived compassionate life and continues to discuss a life of nonviolence, compassion for all beings (yes, not just humans), and true peace in present time.
He has without a doubt inspired each teacher I've talked about over the past few weeks, and as today is the first day I sit and begin his new book 'The Other Shore' I thought it fitting to discuss this lovely human.
“In Buddhism we see that teaching is done not only by talking, but also by living your own life. Your life is the teaching, is the message. And since I continue to sit, to walk, to eat, to interact with the Sangha and people, I continue to teach, even if I have already encouraged my senior students to begin to replace me in giving Dharma talks. In the last two years, I have asked Dharma teachers, not only in the monastic circle but also in the lay circle, to come up and give Dharma talks. Many of them have given wonderful Dharma talks. Some Dharma talks have been better than mine. I see myself in my continuation, and I will not retire. I’ll continue to teach, if not by Dharma talks then in my way of sitting, eating, smiling, and interacting with the Sangha. I like to be with the Sangha.
Even if I don’t give a Dharma talk, I like to join walking meditation, sitting meditation, eating in mindfulness and so on. So don’t worry. When people are exposed to the practice, they are inspired. You don’t need to talk in order to teach. You need to live your life mindfully and deeply. Thank you.”