Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dear Thay, Happy 86th Birthday!

Today [Oct 11, 2012] is the 86th Birthday of my teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ! 

Here are four things you may or may not know about Thay:

In 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh was born into what was to become a war-torn Vietnam. He was born an ordinary human being just like you and me. But he managed, through his masters' love and his own meditation practice, to become a fully awakened Buddha. He is a master of Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment.

During the war, Thich Nhat Hanh left Vietnam for a short time. However, he was not allowed to re-enter his own country as his peace activism was viewed as anti-Vietnamese. He found himself in exile in the U.S. where he was befriended by Martin Luther King, who nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. King also viewed TNH as a personal mentor and was convinced to speak out against the war in Vietnam as a result.

After 86 years, Thay has written a dharma book for almost every year of his life and he teaches practically every day. His most famous book is The Miracle of Mindfulness. His main teaching is the heart of the Buddha's teachings: we can unlock the power of the Present Moment and find lasting Happines, Loving Compassion, Joy and Equanimity; the here and now holds the key to all of life's obstacles. But the main point is that we are already buddhas. We're just sleeping.

 Thich Nhat Hanh practises what he preaches. Being a living buddha means he is always present. He is always working for the ultimate benefit of others. And he is always shining and overflowing with a limitless sense of peace and joy.
Wherever he finds himself, Thay recognizes that the present moment is where he dwells: I have arrived. I am home, is his motto. He never rushes about but walks everywhere at a snail's pace because he believes there is Peace in Every Step. For Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhism is neither a philosophy nor a religion. It is a profoundly transformative personal experience... 

Present Moment, Beautiful Moment.

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