One such journey...

Updated: Sep 29 2008, 04:47am hrs
Affectionately known as thay or teacher by his followers, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the worlds most respected teachers of the Buddhist Zen tradition. Known for his peace activism in Vietnam, 82-year-old Hanh has also authored over 85 books. In India presently, Hanh will Walk for Peace on the World Non Violence Day on October 2nd. Kiran Yadav gathers pearls of wisdom from the Zen master.

Living in the present

The future is made of one substance, the present. If you are taking good care of the present moment, why do you worry about the future By taking care of the present, you are doing everything you can to assure a good future. Mindfulness helps us to be born again and to be really alive, so that we live out every minute, every moment of our daily life, in the deepest way. To meditate does not mean to run away from life or to be cut off from reality. It is to go back and touch life deeply, to arrive. You have arrived in the present moment.

The path to happiness

We run after the objects of our desire: fame, profit and power, which we believe to be essential to our happiness. This often brings with it suffering as we do not get the chance to live, to love and take care of our loved ones, because we cannot stop running. That is why the Buddha advises us to stop. It is possible to be happy right here and now.

The corporate world

Businesses provide employment to many peopleyet their financial success is an empty happiness because it is not motivated by compassion. Caught up in their world of profit and loss, they are unaware of the suffering and poverty in the world. Once you realise that you are interconnected with others, you begin to see how your actions affect you and all other life. You begin to question your way of living, to look with new eyes at the quality of your relationship and the way you work. Entire companies can adopt this way of thinking. Companies have the right to pursue economic growth but not at the expense of other life.

Meditation

In meditation three elements become one body, mind and breath because you are in samadhi. If your breath becomes more harmonious and more peaceful, your mind will do likewise and so also your body. Breathing in and out once or twice will be enough to bring the body and the mind together, united with the breath.