I’ve recommended or discussed Thich Nhat Hanh’s books with many people. They are wonderful, simple and many times life-changing. Most of us are well aware that he has written a version of the Buddha’s life story in a manner no one could’ve surpassed.
Drawn from original sources, “Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years. It is retold alternately through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy who provided kusa grass for the Buddha’s enlightenment cushion, and the Buddha himself.
Quotes from the book:
– We must not be discouraged every time we meet with difficulty. Solutions should be sought in the very midst of hardship Ananda, if we practice equanimity, we will not be bothered by insults and slanders. The people who slander us cannot harm us. They only harm themselves. When a man spits at the sky, the sky is not sullied. The spit falls back on the face of the one who spat.
– Anuruddha, a person who has never tasted a mango cannot know its taste no matter how many words and concepts someone uses to describe it to him. We can only grasp reality through direct experience.
– The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.
– The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.