Many talk about the rise and rise of consciousness in the
world today and this can be a huge undertaking to understand or even to engage with. Teacher, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh has been making consciousness so simple for us to understand.
Recently he has suffered a major stroke and has been in recovery for the last 4 months. His teachings however continue to grow through his community and huge global following.
His Dharma or teachings translate for us the mystery of consciousness,
so that we may feel good, happy and alive. Simple. Yet under all of the lightness, the
mastery of his teachings continues to awaken us on a deep level. Awakening us into the
discipline of living a mindful and compassionate life. This is a big ask for any of us.
For Thich Nhat Hanh, mindfulness is “the energy of being
aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of
touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be
truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are
doing.” And so through living mindfully, we embrace inner and global peace.
Thay (teacher), as he is affectionately known, is one of the
greatest living examples of Zen in the modern world. Active on Oprah, Twitter,
you might find him in the offices of Google or Facebook or running retreats
from his home, the celebrated Plum Village in rural France –
a monastery for monks and nuns in a Buddhist practice centre for lay people
where thousands gather every year to learn from his wisdom. He delivers the true
modern conscious message and continues to inspire us.
A film about a Buddhist community whose search for happiness
takes them on the road with Thich Nhat Hanh is being released in 2015. We will
be talking with Film Director and Producer Marc J. Francis, one of the creators
of ‘Walk With Me – On The Road With Thich Nhat Hanh’, later this
year, so stay tuned.
is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The
next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing
understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful
living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of
the Earth.” – Thich