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Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh

1 "All of us have the seed of the Holy Spirit in us, the capacity of healing, transforming, and loving."

2 "The birth of every child is important, not less than the birth of a Buddha. We, too, are a Buddha, a Buddha-to-be, and we continue to be born every minute."

3 "When you pray with all your heart, the Holy Spirit is in you, and as you continue to pray, the Holy Spirit continues in you. You do not need to do anything else."

4 "Because everything is made of everything else, nothing can be by itself alone."

5 "All of life is a reflection of God, the infinite source of holiness."

6 "Real love never ends."

7 "Everything is linked to the presence of God in every moment."

8 "When we look into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it….In fact, the flower is made entirely of non-flower elements; it has no independent, individual existence. It 'inter-is' with everything else in the universe."

9 "When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, we can see and listen deeply, and the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy."

10 "According to Mahayana Buddhism, the Buddha is still alive….If you are attentive enough, you will be able to hear his teachings from the voice of a pebble, a leaf, or a cloud in the sky."

11 "The bread we eat is the whole cosmos."

12 "The living Christ is the Christ of Love who is always generating love, moment after moment."

13 "One flower is made of the whole cosmos."

14 "We have different roots, traditions, and ways of seeing, but we share the common qualities of love, understanding, and acceptance. For our dialogue to be open, we need to open our hearts, set aside our prejudices, listen deeply, and represent truthfully what we know and understand."

15 "When people appreciate each other as brothers and sisters and smile, the Holy Spirit is there."

16 "Different religious traditions can engage in dialogue with one another in a true spirit of ecumenism. Dialogue can be fruitful and enriching if both sides are truly open. If they really believe that there are valuable elements in each other's tradition and that they can learn from one another, they will also rediscover many valuable aspects of their own tradition through such an encounter. Peace will be a beautiful flower blooming on this field of practice."

17 "A human being is a mini-God, a micro-theos who has been created in order to participate in the divinity of God."

18 "I urge you to study and practice the best values of your religious tradition and to share them with young people in ways they can understand. If we meditate together as a family, a community, a city, and a nation, we will be able to identify the causes of our suffering and find ways out."

19 "There has never been a human being who is not alive with God's own life breath." Brother David Stendl-Rast, O.S.B., foreword

20 "In Christianity, faith means trust in God, the One who represents love, understanding, dignity, and truth."

21 "When we look into and touch deeply the life and teaching of Jesus, we can penetrate the reality of God. Love, understanding, courage, and acceptance are expressions of the life of Jesus."

22 "Really hearing a bird sing or really seeing a blue sky, we touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us."

23 "When we are in touch with the highest spirit in ourselves, we too are a Buddha, filled with the Holy Spirit, and we become very tolerant, very open, very deep, and very understanding."

24 "We are all mothers of the Buddha because we are all pregnant with the potential for awakening. If we know how to take care of our baby Buddha by practicing mindfulness in our daily lives, one day the Enlightened One will reveal himself or herself to us."

25 "Each thing depends on all other things to be. That is interdependence. Nothing can be by itself alone. It has to inter-be with all other things."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite