Tea Thoughts by Thich Nhat Hanh

Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world

Thich Nhat Hanh

I have been following the readings of Thich Nhat Hanh, an inspirational Vietnamese Thien Buddhist Monk for several years now. I find his thoughts, particularly those referring to the ceremony of taking tea, bring me much peace and tranquility. I will often sit quietly outside and savour my tea while listening to some of his recordings. As the world has been a mix of emotion and turmoil recently, I use these thoughts to centre myself and take some time to breathe, meditate and enjoy the simple pleasure of a cup of tea.

I was overwhelmed with the positive response I received when I shared Beautiful Tea Quotes with you a few months ago. Please enjoy these three beautiful pieces I have recently discovered. I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have special quotes that inspire you.

Stunning Light
Photo Credit: Ravi Pinisetti

The tea I’m holding in my hands is real. It’s because I’m real that the tea becomes real. The encounter between the tea and me is real; that’s real life. If you’re possessed by fear, anger, or ruminative thinking, you’re not truly present and your tea is not truly there. That isn’t true life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful Tea
Photo Credit: Thich Nhat Hanh Gems Facebook Page

When I pour tea, I like to pour the tea mindfully. When I pour the tea mindfully, my mind isn’t in the past or the future, or with my projects. My mind is focused on pouring the tea. I’m fully concentrated on the act of pouring tea. Pouring tea becomes the only object of my mindfulness and concentration. This is a pleasure and it also can bring many insights. I can see that in the tea there is a cloud. Yesterday it was a cloud, but today it is my tea. Insight is not something very far away. With mindfulness and concentration you can begin to develop the insight that can liberate you and bring you happiness.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo Credit: Rong Yu

Time has much more value than money. Time is life. Money is nothing compared with life. In two hours of drinking tea together, we don’t get money, but we do get life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Heating the Tea Kettle
Photo Credit: Thich Nhat Hanh Gems Facebook Page

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21 thoughts on “Tea Thoughts by Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. What an incredible journey and time you had. So glad you could do this, although you had some setbacks, I am sure after all you still had an awesome time. Safe travels for your Chap with his return.

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  2. Finally had chance to read this… Beautiful quotes, and your words are excellent as always.
    Thankyou ever so much for sharing.
    Om Mani Padme Hum 🙏🙏🙏🌈📿

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