Oprah Winfrey talks with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh..

10 Oct

” If the present moment has peace, joy and happiness then the future will have also.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

The future then is one element – the present. If we take care of present, future will take care of itself. I wanted to share this wonderful interview of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh by the incomparable Oprah Winfrey for you dear friends. I believe success is transformation,yours,mine and others. The integrated way is inside- out. The teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh can lead to transformation.

Oprah Winfrey rightly summarizes the master as ” Influential spiritual leader of our times and this monastic has been active on world stage.” Thich Nhat Hanh is most popular Buddhist teacher after Dalai lama. The teaching in Oprah’s words is to be ” passionately present in the hear and the now.”

The master on being asked about his calm disposition says ” This is my training . This is my practice. To relax, dwelling peacefully in every moment and respond to events with compassion.” Further asked about how he deals with stressful situations, says ” Go back to my breathing, try to be in that moment deeply, there is a possibility to handle every kind of event and essential is to keep peace within yourself.” This is all we need to respond correctly to challenging moments.

I am both intrigued and fascinated by masters description of ” Burning monks” during Vietnam war as an act of love and not of despair. The master says that was the only way some monks could make themselves heard in the Vietnam war. Martin Luther king had nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for Nobel peace prize in the sixties and believe the master deserves a Nobel for peace efforts.

I am also touched by Zen masters description of Martin Luther king’s assassination ” I thought American people had produced King but are not capable of preserving him.”

The master advocates ” deep compassionate listening with loving speech” as solution to many problems like terrorism and inter personal relationships. If we see deeply, this is the only answer. This is not simplistic. I read that little wonder of a braveheart Malala Yousafzai saying that “we must talk to Taliban”. I reckon the Taliban chief has also responded that they would like to talk. This is the only way. The master says compassion is a stronger energy than anger. I concur.

The Zen master on a question from the wonderful Oprah also draws a parallel from Bible for living in the present moment “Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself ” -Matthew and “Give us this day our daily bread”.

The master says suffering and happiness are inter-are. They are like left and right. They go together. The lotus cannot flower on a marble, it needs the mud. If mud is suffering then we can end up as a benevolent lotus. He also says some sublime mantra’s ( sutra’s) for healing in inter personal relationships.

1. “Darling, I am here for you”.
To be truly there for our beloved is love.
2. “Darling I know you are there.”
To be loved means to be recognized as existing.
3. “Darling, I know you suffer, that is why I am here for you”
When we acknowledge others suffering and truly be there in a compassionate way.
4. Darling, I suffer, I am trying my best to practice. Please help me.”
When we feel the other has hurt us. This is hard. This will bring relief.

These little sutra’s come from a pure space and deep understanding of the Zen master and can truly heal.

Leonard Cohen once described Zen monks as the ” Marines of spiritual world.” This because of practice,practice, practice…

If we practice deep breathing and passionately be present in the here and the now, we should be okay. We must smile. There is no better energy. no better practice. So dear friends keep smiling and hope you like this interview of Zen master by Oprah 🙂

Have a nice smiling day! Thank you!


2 Responses to “Oprah Winfrey talks with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh..”

  1. sureshvn October 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Thank you!


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