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Thich Nhat Hanh: Life is a Miracle

Thich Nhat Hanh:  Life is a Miracle

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who now lies in exile in France. While living in Vietnam he endured all kinds of hardships, yet he is a walking example of joy and gratitude. When asked how he survived such difficulties with such peace and love in his heart, he replied this:

He replied that every morning he used to ask himself what he could count on that day; sometimes it was only the blue sky and the brown earth, and the fact that he was still breathing in and out. But in counting his blessings, so to speak, he reconnected to the miracle that he was, at least for the present moment, still alive in this beautiful world. “Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful,” he reminds us. “How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”

“The Zen master Ling Chi said that the miracle is not to walk on burning charcoal or in the thin air or on the water; the miracle is just to walk on earth. You breathe in. You become aware of the fact you are alive. You are still alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet. . . The greatest of all miracles is to be alive.”–Thich Nhat Hanh

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Adapted from Attitudes of Gratitude,” by M.J. Ryan (Conari Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by M.J. Ryan. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Attitudes of Gratitude,” by M.J. Ryan (Conari Press, 1999).

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10:43AM PDT on May 7, 2013


5:29AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

This is meant to be

10:59PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:03PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

I wish I had that kind of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

4:55AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.

5:20PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

"You need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.” - excellent advice, me thinks.

3:48PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:28AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thank You - Inspirational as always :)

5:50PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012


2:24AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I love this man so much! He is a truly beautiful soul.

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