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Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

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

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

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

8 "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."

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

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

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

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

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

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

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

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

19 "In Buddhism, faith means confidence in our and others' abilities to wake up to our deepest capacity of loving and understanding."

20 "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."

21 "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."

22 "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."

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

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite