Excerpts from Being Peace

I decided to read Thich Nhat Hanh’s Being Peace again.  It found me while I was browsing through my bookshelf recently.

Here are some nice excerpts I want to share with you:

“Whether or not we are happy depends on our awareness.  When you have a toothache, you think that not having a toothache will make you very happy.  But when you don’t have a toothache, often you are still not happy.  If you practice awareness, you suddenly become very rich, very very happy.  Practicing Buddhism is a clever way to enjoy life.  Happiness is available.  Please help yourself to it.”

“Suppose while walking in the twilight, you see a snake, and you scream, but when you shine your flishlight on it, it turns out to be a rope.  This is an error of perception.  During our daily lives we have many misperceptions.  If I don’t understand you, I may be angry at you all the time.  We are not capable of undrstanding each other, and that is the main source of human suffering.”


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