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Oprah interviews Thich Nhat Hanh

February 26, 2010

Oprah: Are most monks enlightened, or seeking enlightenment?

Nhat Hanh: Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment. Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.

Oprah: I’m sure you see all around you—I’m guilty of it myself—that we’re just trying to get through the next thing. In our country, people are so busy. Even the children are busy. I get the impression very few of us are doing what you just said—touching the miracle that you are alive.

Nhat Hanh: That is the environment people live in. But with a practice, we can always remain alive in the present moment. With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.

for the complete interview click here

2 Comments leave one →
  1. billzant permalink
    February 27, 2010 5:19 am

    Dear Green Papaya,

    Here is the Thay-Oprah interview in case it disappears from Oprah.com.

    http://zarendhara.com/ThayOprahinterview.htm

    Hope you are keeping well,

    All the Best,

    BillZ

  2. August 9, 2011 12:18 am

    Thank you so much.

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