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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 "There is the Buddha within ourselves, who transcends space and time. This is the living Buddha, the Buddha of the ultimate reality, the one who transcends all ideas and notions and is available to us at any time."

3 "When love and compassion are present, understanding deepens."

4 "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."

5 "Loving God is loving the living beings we see and touch in our daily life."

6 "We are all, at the same time, the sons and daughters of God."

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

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

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

10 "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."

11 "The most basic work for peace is to return to ourselves and create harmony among the elements within us – our feelings, our perceptions, and our mental states…When we have peace within, real dialogue with others is possible."

12 "You are interrelated to everyone and everything…your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos."

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

14 "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."

15 "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."

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

17 "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."

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

19 "Real love never ends."

20 "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."

21 "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

22 "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."

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

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite