“If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Internationally respected and admired Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (also known as Thay, which means teacher) is a great source of clear and helpful guidance. We are so grateful for all his work, and hope that you will find No Mud, No Lotus as helpful as we do.
Whether you have a long acquaintance with this book, or are just learning more about it, now is a perfect time to open up this classic favorite, or discover it for the first time.
The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thay offers practices and inspiration transforming suffering and finding true joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us.
Stop. Breathe… | How we can find peace in our daily lives
Thay shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind.
Clear, Simple, Powerful | Excerpts from No Mud, No Lotus
If we can recognize and cradle the suffering while we breathe mindfully, there is relief already.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
About the Author
Born in Hue, Vietnam in 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.
He is author of more than one hundred books, and is one of the best known Buddhist teachers in the world today. In 2018, at age 91, he moved from his retreat center in France, Plum Village, and returned to live at his home temple in Vietnam.