It’s been 20 years since I studied with Thich Nhat Hanh, both in the US and at his retreat center Plum Village in France, yet I still remember so much of what I learned from him.
He was the first person I knew who emphasized the importance of gratitude. He used to say, “when you have a toothache, you say ‘I would be so grateful if my tooth didn’t ache.’ But when it is gone, will you remember to say ‘I am so grateful for my non-toothache’?”
Today I am grateful for my non-toothache, and so much more, including all the teachings I received from Thay (his nickname, meaning teacher).
Photos: taken on “dental row” in Kathmandu, Nepal