Interbeing with Thich Nhat Hanh: An Interview

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Tricycle: You have become so popular that I have heard people say “Thich Nhat Hanh is a movement, not a teacher.”

Thich Nhat Hanh: That’s not my impression. I see myself as a very lazy teacher, as a very lazy monk.

Simon Chaput

Tricycle: I don’t think very many people see you that way.

Thich Nhat Hanh: I have a lot of time for myself. And that’s not easy. My nature is that I don’t like to disappoint people, and it is very difficult for me to say no to invitations. But, I have learned to know my limit, learned to say no and to withdraw to my hermitage to have time for my walking meditation, my sitting, my time with the garden, with the flowers and things like that. I have not used the telephone for the last twenty-five years.

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