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Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh

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

2 "We must glean the best values of all [spiritual] traditions in order to give peace a chance."

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

4 "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

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

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

9 "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."

10 "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."

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

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

20 "Real love never ends."

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

22 "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."

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite