Thich Nhat Hanh In Ireland
“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” Thich Nhat Hanh Teachings on Love
This time last year, we had the Dalai Lama visit us in Ireland, and now we are privileged to receive a visit from Thich Nhat Hanh, the well-known and highly respected, Vietnamese Buddhist monk.
I have loved the words and works of this teacher ever since the day I heard his gentle voice on a recording talking about how to find peace in our lives and our world, and his little book Peace is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life is one I have read many times over.
This evening up to 2,000 people from all over Ireland are expected to gather in the Convention Centre in Dublin to listen to Thay – (which means teacher in Vietnamese) as his followers lovingly refer to him, – call us back to transform our lives through small acts of daily mindfulness.
His message is simple yet profound. Through awareness of our breath and the small acts of daily life, we can transform and heal our lives and reach out to others in love and compassion.
In one of his best known books, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh writes about how mindfulness saved his life during a period of severe depression after his mother’s death. (I need to dig out that book again!)
Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, founder of the Sanctuary and Focus Ireland, describes him as the “father of mindfulness”. One of my favorite quotes from Peace Is Every Step, was one I reminded myself of at the weekend, when I felt stressed and under pressure,
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
What a wonderful lesson for today..and everyday.
For those of us not lucky enough to have a ticket to this evening’s talk, the good news is that it will be live-streamed via http://www.livestream.com/plumvillage
You can find more details on the Mindfulness Ireland website.