You Are Here- Words & Quotes

Words from You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh:

  • bodhisattva- person who has attained enlightenment (prajna), but who has postponed nirvana to help others reach enlightenment

Quotes from You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh:

“… I recommend that you don’t read this book so much as listen to it.” (Editor’s Preface)

“You don’t have to struggle with your body, or with your hate, or with your anger… Struggle is useless. Stop struggling.”

“It is not only your love that is organic; your hate is, too. So you should not throw anything out. All you have to do is learn how to transform your garbage into flowers.”

“You are here for life; and if you are here for life, life will be here for you. It’s simple.”

“Some people live as though they are already dead.”

“…without understanding, there can be no true love.”

“Happiness is a function of compassion. If you do not have compassion in your heart, you do not have any happiness.”

“Things interexist.”

“If you ignore the person you love, your loved one will not have the impression of being loved by you.”

“In daily life, you are in the habit of running because you think happiness is impossible in the present.”

“If we look deeply at the present moment, we see the past and the future in it.”

“We do need to study and understand the past, however, because by looking deeply into the past, we learn a lot of things that can benefit the present and the future.”

“If you are unable to take care of yourself, how can you take care of anyone else?”

“You do not listen in order to judge, criticize, or evaluate. You listen for one reason alone: to offer the other person a chance to express him- or herself.”

“The essential point is not to create conflict, a fight, within yourself.”

“It is essential to understand that an emotion is merely something that arises, remains, and then goes away.”

“Happiness can be attained by letting go, including letting go of your ideas about happiness.”

“Most of our suffering arises from our ideas and concepts.”

“What you are looking for is already in you… You are already what you are seeking to become.”


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