Thich Nhat Hanh - No Death, No Fear

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

We woke up this morning to news that Buddist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced Tik Not Hawn) died today at his home in Vietnam. He was 95. Both of us have always admired his messages of peace and mindfulness.

Outside sliding glass doors to our front deck, is a large bell we call, "The Zen Mindful Reminder." When one of us gets stuck in a mind or mood spiral, we walk out and give the gong a good pull. 

Often, I (Debb) recite a Thich Nhat Hanh quote as the rich chime reverberates, "Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment." 

This morning, we are reminded of his view on death. "Birth and death are only notions. They are not real." 

 

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Brokers/REALTORS®
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 


We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.


We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.

 

Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - I also read the news this morning.   Thanks for sharing the phonetic pronunciation of his name (not that I will remember it).   

Jan 22, 2022 09:39 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS We are doing well. Finishing up a CMA and I smell something good coming from the kitchen. Chef Bernie is at it again. :) 

Jan 22, 2022 09:46 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs doubt I will either. And don't get me started on the number of times I've misspelled it.  I always thought his first name was pronounced Thich (teach), which would be so appropriate. 

Jan 22, 2022 09:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - And I was thinking that your radio training had an influence - yikes another image shattered.  

Jan 22, 2022 09:55 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Ahhh peace and mindfulness and sounding a gong.  Does the day get any sweeter!  Things calm so quickly listening to the gong chime. We have a lovely chime outside my office with deep, soothing sounds. I love it when the wind moves them and I often open the window to let the sound sink in around me. Thich Nhat Hanh was (still is) an amazing soul.

Jan 22, 2022 10:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

A great way to get back to center - peace, and mindfulness. I love the sound of the "bell". 

Thich Nhat Hanh continues to inspire. May he rest in peace. 

 

Jan 22, 2022 10:34 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Oh I had to come back and say.........I'm listening to my chimes in this moment (windy) and it's so lovely reading posts on AR and relaxing at the same time! Love it!

Jan 22, 2022 10:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

I had not heard the news, and it was time for him to make his transition.  I enjoyed hearing the sound of your mindfulness bell.  Thich Nhat Hanh lived in Ojai, CA for. a while 18 miles from our county line, and our friend Tom who is a potter used to make bowls for him...

I like this quote, "I am the continuation, like the rain is the continuation of the cloud."

Jan 22, 2022 11:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb and Bernie- I saw the news last night.  I have Ron and Alexandra Seigel to thank for introducing me to this remarkable person and his teachings through their blog. BTW- I love the sound of that chime. 

Jan 22, 2022 01:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie I have not had the TV on in about two plus years so I missed this news that Thich Nhat Hanh passed away loved your post and the message on a side note had no idea about the bell you had in your back yard, Endre

Jan 23, 2022 12:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Debb... just read of Thich Nhat Hanh's death in Alexandra's post. As I said to her... now that he's gone, his wise words will be ever more precious in the future.

Jan 23, 2022 04:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Thanks for ringing the bell to give me a moment of silence to honor the memory of Thich Nhat Hanh who died at the age of 95. He has been and will continue to be an inspiration spread around the glob. I hope the universe hears the bell and others will also be reminded about just how much mindfulness matters every day, every hour, and every second of the day. 

Jan 23, 2022 05:03 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much about him but it sounds like he truly was a wonderful man.

Jan 23, 2022 05:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker makes me smile to imagine you sitting in your office listening to the chimes. They are good reminders to be in the moment. 

Jan 23, 2022 09:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Truly and it's wonderful to hear them almost every day !!

Jan 23, 2022 09:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs sorry to shatter the illusion. ;) 

Jan 23, 2022 09:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

🙃

Jan 23, 2022 09:46 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist it works for me. :) 

Jan 23, 2022 09:40 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Ron and Alexandra Seigel you likely remember, his words brought me quite a bit of comfort when dad died. Yes, a continuation of all that is...

Jan 23, 2022 09:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  And the continuation does what it is supposed to do.  A

Jan 23, 2022 09:59 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nina Hollander, Broker you're right. His words will be more precious. 

Jan 23, 2022 09:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
There was certainly a lot of wisdom in Thich Nhat Hanh's quotes.
Here is one of my favorite quotes that helps me deal with difficult people:
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over." 

Jan 23, 2022 02:37 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

That is so true, I'm sure. Makes you think, doesn't it?

Feb 07, 2022 08:24 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That was sad news we received about his passing, Debb.  There was quite a biography put out there about him, and the Dalai Lama provided information in his comment.  I learned a lot about him that I hadn't previously known.

Jan 23, 2022 03:05 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie - I hadn't heard of this monk but I have certainly heard his message before.  Relax and take a deep breath.

Jan 28, 2022 05:50 AM