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A Virtual Audience With Thich Nhat Hanh

September 8, 2018 - 22:45 -- Admin

Hiking the glorious Overland Track in the Central Highlands of Tasmania I came into Pelion Hut and on the notice board I read the following quote by the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, swelling in the present moment and feeling truly alive.

Miracles And Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh wouldn’t have a clue what he is talking about in relation to Miracles.

Miracles are supernatural events in which the normal physical laws of the Universe are suspended or transcended by a Higher Power. Walking on water, exemplified by Jesus, is an excellent example of this.

What Thich is describing – the swelling in the present moment and feeling truly alive is an example of mindfulness. 

Mindfulness, while a most beneficial practice, is not miraculous. The physical laws of the Universe are not overcome or transcended by mindfulness. Hence mindfulness is not a miracle. Swelling in the present moment and feeling truly alive is not a miracle.

Walking on water, on the other hand, is in fact miraculous. That’s why the person who did it, Jesus, is worth listening to. He is capable of transcending the physical laws of the Universe. This marks him as someone extraordinarily special.

Thich Nhat Hanh, on the other hand, for all his achievements including significant contributions to the Peace Movement during difficult times, should not be listened to in regard to spiritual teaching.

This is because Thich Nhat Hanh doesn’t know the difference between something as basic as what is a miracle and what is not. Since Thich is not capable of even this basic level of discernment it is apparent that he is not capable of any deeper levels of analysis.


Consequently it is plain that Thich Nhat Hanh is a blind guide.

Avoid him.


If you would like some reliable spiritual teaching, I recommend this clear-minded passage by Jesus, who knows what a miracle is, what a miracle isn’t and who performed a great many astounding miracles himself including raising Himself from the dead and ascending into heaven in the presence of hundreds of witnesses.

Also In This Series

An Audience With Geshe Ngawang Gedun in which Geshe provides his insights into the teachings of Jesus.