There is a Boddhisattva, whose name is Avalokitesvara, in Vietnamise we call her Quan The Âm, in Chinese, Quan Yin. It means: “Listening deeply to the sound of the cries of the world”. And listening deeply is the practice of mindfullness. But if you are full of pain, full of anxiety, full of projections, and especially full of prejudices, full of ideas and notions, it may be very difficult for you to practice deep listening. You are too full. And that is why to practice in order for you to have space, to have freedom within, to have some joy within is very important for deep listening. Avalokitesvara, Quan Yin, she practices deep listening to herself, and to the world, outside. She practices touching with her ears.
More Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes
- People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things,
- We must also be careful to avoid ingesting toxins in the form of violent TV programs,
- In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
- May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.
- Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.
- The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.
- It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
- Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here….
- Everyday we do things, we are things that have to do with peace.