10 Most Meaningful Passages The Heart Of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

Comprehensive, inspiring and practical,  The Heart Of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh helps us to integrate Buddhist ideas into our everyday life without becoming too encumbered with terminology. Although Thich Nhat Hanh does tend to repeat himself in subtle ways, within this book and across his other books, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching seems to integrate many of his ideas into one very coherent and practical treatise on the nature suffering as one of the most basic human conditions we spend our lives trying to accept, or possibly escape. I hope these 10 passages effectively condense the beauty of this book.

From Publishers Weekly:

Thich Nhat Hanh’s introduction begins with the Turning the Dharma Wheel Sutra, the classic tale of Buddha’s announcement in the Deer Park of his awakening. Nhat Hanh then proceeds through a series of laundry-list definitions of core Buddhist terminology: Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, The Three Dharma Seals, The Three Doors of Liberation, The Twelve Links of Causation, The Three Jewels, The Six Harmonies, The Five Powers, The Five Wonderful Precepts and The Four Immeasurable Minds. Despite the tedium of the list, Nhat Hanh does present Buddhism as way of thinking and a well-traveled path toward enlightenment. Buddhism, he teaches, is not only about the individual’s attainment of enlightenment but also about the community, past and present, which has fostered the possibility of an individual’s enlightenment. As an introduction to Buddhism, this is a masterful inventory of the basic accouterments of a well-furnished Buddhist life.
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In, out Deep, slow Calm, ease Smile, release Present moment, wonderful moment
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Mindfulness is the energy that allows us to recognize our habit energy and prevent it from dominating us.
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Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything — anger, anxiety, or possessions — we cannot be free.
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The Buddha said many times, “My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon.”
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When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy.
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My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
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The greatest miracle is to be alive. We can put an end to our suffering just by realizing that our suffering is not worth suffering for!
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After calming, the third function of shamatha is resting.
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The Buddha called suffering a Holy Truth, because our suffering has the capacity of showing us the path to liberation. Embrace your suffering, and let it reveal to you the way to peace.
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The first function of meditation — shamatha — is to stop. The second function of shamatha is calming.
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10 responses to “10 Most Meaningful Passages The Heart Of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh”

  1. keiththegreen says :

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a teacher who I respect for not only his depth of knowledge, but also the way he integrates his beliefs into everyday life. Thank you for these quotes

  2. jessicawritesnow says :

    Wonderful and useful actions. Controlled breathing (a form of meditation that allows one to take charge of breathing in order to become more “at one” with present moment, the same for practicing Mindfulness which helps my brain not only see “the habitual thinking”, but when I think about the NOW I’m always aware that today at this minute is all their is to bear. Anxiety issues after a life rooted deeply in the moment disappear, for the most part. Remaining still I actually savor that time of day. In the morning with coffee, I read daily readings in order to direct my thinking, like the finger pointing at the moon I then walk with
    a purpose (to get to the moon) hereby releasing the leftover pain and anxiety that I may have, clearing the slate, The moon is of course , you can correct me,
    a state of the Buddha. I just disagree with the stance on suffering-that there is no purpose.
    What if the purpose of suffering is to send one back to the practice of Buddhist
    Pain is real. Really painful. So to diminish my pain I do befriend it one day at a time. Every day pain and suffering ebb and flow so I befriend it 365 days of the year. Sometimes it’s a holy hell war btween the pain and i and sometimes we slow dance all day long.

    Yes I like this one, but I get to the same reasonable and reflective state a different way. It’s beautiful. It’s all-encompassing. I’m never alone.

    Thanks Octove.

    • otove says :

      hi jessica, sory for the late reply, it is true what they say, “suffering is created through pleasure” but both are ultimately there to reward or punish us for our actions or behavior. those painful things we have forgotten, we have forgiven ourselves for, those that still hurt (as in suffering) we have not yet learned from. which is all just to rephrase what you your self have written. it is a joy to read your comments and they are always appreciated,

      thanks, otove

  3. janeadamsart says :

    Befriending pain one day at a time (see above comment) … toward seamless ebb and flow with the tide. Then begin to wonder in the moment, what pain is! And again. And now.

  4. thebookwormgirl says :

    Nice passage you have here, I found it very interesting. 🙂 Oh, and thanks for the comment, and welcome 😉 x

  5. craigholliday says :

    the Buddha said many times, “My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon,
    how often we forget this!

  6. jessicawritesnow says :

    Reblogged this on jessicawritesnow and commented:
    This is a simple and life changing blog for people with little time and big brains!

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