Motivational and Inspirational Life Lessons / Quotes from Buddhist Monk

Motivational and Inspirational Life Lessons / Quotes from Buddhist Monk.
Born with the name Nguyễn Xuân Bảo in the mid-1920s, Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk native to Vietnam. He’s a promoter of peace and the author of more than 100 bodies of work, with 40 such pieces available in the English language. He is one who is a Zen Master, and who often shares inspirational advice and teachings. His wisdom can help you adapt understandings for changing your life for the better. Here we will explore the wisdom he shares with the world as he continues to promote love, kindness for one another, and peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh often writes and speaks about the importance of personal responsibility. He believes how we cannot ever escape the ramifications of our actions. It is our behavior and actions in this life that are serving as the foundation of our lives in the present. Every action we make is our possession. Every thought we think and every word we speak or write is ours and ours alone. In other words, when you act out, you own it.

Every day we make many choices in our lives.  The decisions we make have a ripple effect on our lives and on the lives of others. We must stray from our obsession with materialistic things.  We must also master our reaction to what we experience in the physical world. Both materialism and chaotic emotions keep us tied and focused on the physical world. When we choose to progress forward on a spiritual path, we must break these ties.  We must make choices that will help us transcend the physical world and weighted, grounding emotions. We must choose actions and thoughts that contribute to our spiritual evolution.

In our lifetime, we are bound to be hurt by others. Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to look at the cause of one’s behavior before considering the effect we see on the surface. The Zen Way is to show that person compassion, as we maintain an understanding that there is some deep suffering within that person. It is this suffering that is at the root of their negative behaviors. When we have an open heart and remain compassionate, we are acting as a role model for kind behavior. We are the first step in instigating change.

Thich Nhat Hanh explains how people become far too comfortable with their suffering. It is as if they befriend it. They refuse to release the pain and often return to it anew through memories. They are familiar with it, and they are less frightened of experience than they are of an unknown state of being without the suffering they have come to know. But we cannot move forward if we are tethered to the past. Thich Nhat Hanh, therefore, suggests that we should let go of our suffering so that we can move forward, progress, and continue growing on our spiritual journey.  

There is superficial, physical beauty that eventually fades. Then there is the kind of beauty that is everlasting and unrivaled by anyone who might have extreme physical beauty. The real beauty lies in authenticity. When you are satisfied with who you are and you embrace yourself, the confidence that comes with this type of authenticity and personal acceptance is what leads to a genuine expression of beauty. You are your authentic self: This is something no one can mimic. You are perfect as you are, the way to divine made you, and accepting yourself allows you to embrace your originality.

Thich Nhat Hanh suggests “Some people live as though they are already dead.”  He explains how we spend all our waking hours consumed by our thoughts. People get lost in the realm of ghosts when consumed or obsessed by the past. Fearful of what awaits in the future, they then get trapped in emotional storms constructed of jealousy and anger. Thich Nhat Hanh says these states make it so they are not at all alive, but are “walking corpses.”  If we are to live a wholesome and joyous life, it is only in keeping healthy that we can do so. Thich Nhat Hanh explains that being as healthy as we can be is our way of expressing gratitude to the universe for life.

The teachings of the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh explain the means for living a wholesome, holistic, and healthy life.  Through his teachings, you can master methods for living in joy.  He encourages us to be responsible. W must claim ownership of our actions.  Through his lessons, we learn to behave with a compassionate heart while casting aside all malevolence. Once we understand the nature of suffering, and decide to cast it aside, we can live life as our authentic self with an open mind. We can then go forth an active participant in life. We then begin our life in a state of being: mindfully aware of every moment we experience.