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Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh

1 "Buddha nature as the seed of enlightenment is already in everyone's consciousness."

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

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

4 "The seed of the Kingdom of God is within us. If we know how to plant that seed in the moist soil of our daily lives, it will grow and become a large bush on which many birds can take refuge."

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

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

7 "The teaching of Jesus is His living body, and this living body of Christ manifests itself whenever and wherever His teaching is practiced."

8 "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."

9 "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."

10 "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."

11 "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

12 "The insight of interbeing…can be obtained when you contemplate phenomena – a magnolia, a squirrel, or a cloud."

13 "The practices of prayer and meditation help us touch the most valuable seeds that are within us, and they put us in contact with the ground of our being."

14 "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."

15 "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."

16 "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."

17 "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."

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

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

20 "Real love never ends."

21 "You are not separate from other beings or the environment. This understanding cannot be merely intellectual. It must be experiential, the insight gained by deep touching and deep looking in a daily life of prayer, contemplation, and meditation."

22 "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."

23 "We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite