Thich Nhat Hanh: 5 Mindfulness Trainings

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One of my big influences has been the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh or (‘Thay’). He is a ‘zen master’ known best for his Mindfulness training’s and beliefs (among many other amazing attributes: human-rights & peace activist, noble peace prize nom from Martin Luther King Jr.).

Gratefully, I’ve had the opportunity to visit his monastery, walk in meditation with himself and the monks… and I try to keep up with the 100-something books he’s written! (Thay is now 86 years old!)

I picked up the latest issue of Shambhala Sun featuring Thay and came across a great article by Andrea Miller. “In The Country of the Present Moment” was based on Thay’s teachings of the five mindfulness trainings; a breakdown of attainable and understandable teachings of Buddhism.

Below, I’ve listed the 5 teachings and a quote from each section:

  • Reverence For Life

Protecting life – loving life starts with loving the life in ourselves and not discriminating against our own suffering, our own pain. When we don’t discriminate against the ugly things or the painful things in us, then we also learn not to discriminate against people who we believe are not very kind, not very wholesome. Discrimination is the root of the destruction of life.

  • True Happiness

True happiness is not made of fame, power, wealth or sensual  pleasure, but rather of understanding and love. The capacity to live in the here and the now allows you to recognize that you already have everything you need to be happy. You don’t need to run into the future to look for happiness.

  • True Love

It’s not: I love you, if you meet my needs…It’s about helping the person you love to be free and happy.

  • Loving Speech and Deep Listening

…(it) Involves looking deeply and honestly at yourself and improving your relationships through mindful communication… the first step is to express appreciation for the person you’re speaking to, so that you ‘water his or her good seeds’ {drawing attention to their positive qualities and helping those qualities grow stronger}.

  • Nourishment and Healing  {A little background is necessary here. This teaching talks about the other things that ‘nourish’ us…beyond literal food, we can consume energy, thoughts, etc…}

If we’re around people who have a lot of fear and anger, we’re eating the collective-consciousness food of fear and anger. But if we’re around people who are peaceful, that peace is a kind of food.

Our thoughts are sometimes not such healthy food, so to stop the stream of thinking and get in touch with what’s right here and now is nourishing. If we’re attentive, we can hear the wind in the trees and the birds singing. There are so many things to be nourished by if we are aware.

These are such great reminders! Simplified…yes…but actually applying them ~ harder to do!

Totally attainable though. 🙂 Keep reworking it.

We can rewire old, negative thought processes and habits. Give yourself some credit love…and hold space and time for growth.

♥ Loving kindness to you ♥

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10 comments on “Thich Nhat Hanh: 5 Mindfulness Trainings
  1. Joanne Cobble says:

    And, back to you my darling! Wonderful reminders and guidance. love, Mommy

  2. the Gunslinger Poet says:

    I also love Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings.

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