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Happiness is Made of Non-Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh

The following is a talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh. I am passionately in love with Thich and his words, although my relationship with him wasn’t love at first sight.

Thich’s delivery is slow, …and soft, …and methodical. For the first year of our relationship, I found myself frustrated (almost even angry) with him because I wanted to consume his words at my pace. I even went so far as to increase the speed of his audio recordings; however, I wasn’t pleased with the resulting female-like, higher pitched voice.

What took me a year to realize and understand is that the pace and softness of Thich’s talks is just as important to his message as the words he says.

I’m only human, and still get frustrated occasionally with Thich; however, being forced to overcome my frustration, and settle into his pace, has become one of the many, many reasons that I love him. I suggest that you do your best to receive his message. And if you do, I promise that you will fall in love with him too.

Here is a tip: I find it really helpful to listen to him while walking or jogging.

The following is an audio recording of a talk that he recently gave from his monastery in France called Plum Village. The talk is very long, so I suggest just listening to as much as you like. You can listen to many more of his talks on the Thich Nhat Hanh Blog, or find out more about him on his website, Plum Village.

Click the triangle to listen to Thich’s talk:
[audio http://tnhaudio.org/audio/2011/2011-07-22.mp3]

If you are really adventurous, the following is a video of the same talk: