Thich Nhat Hanh (known as “Thay” by his students) is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, author and peacemaker who was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, he became a monk at the age of 16. In 1966 at the age of 40, Thay was exiled from Vietnam because of his commitment to peace. A model of “engaged Buddhism”, he and the monastic community reside in Plum Village in the south of France.
The Buddha’s Teaching on Living in the Present Moment
Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late,
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness night and day “one who knows the better way to live alone.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Our Appointment With Life: The Buddha’s Teaching on Living in the Present.