Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between

Thich Nhat Hanh

Language: English

Pages: 80


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, “What is important in life?” and “Why is my brother mean to me?” and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as “How do I know if I really love somebody?”, “How long am I going to live?”, and “What does God look like?”, each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has the first complete children’s biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own.

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misdeeds. Suddenly our compassion arises, and we make the vow to do some-thing, to protect the people who are about to become victims, and to help those victims who have not seen the way to transformation. If we can find that ANSWERS FROM THE HEART desire, that willingness to help and heal, we become a bodhisattva, we are inhabited by that strong energy of the bodhisattva to go out and help. If we don’t do anything, others may become victims also. If you have the energy of a

the things and being the things that you want to do and to be. When we walk for the sake of walking, when we sit for the sake of sitting, when we drink tea for the sake of drinking tea, we don’t do it for something or someone else. These things can be very enjoyable. That is the practice of aimlessness. While you do that, you heal yourself and you help heal the world. Awakening means to see that truth—that you want to know how to enjoy, how to live deeply, in a very simple way. You don’t want to

fruit for you to eat. The world expresses its love in many ways, not just with words. How can I control my temper? The very first thing we can do when we’re angry is to notice we’re angry. Sometimes we’re angry, but we don’t want to accept it. When I’m angry, I like to stop and become aware of my breath and say, Breathing in, I know anger is in me. Breathing out, I will take good care of my anger. Once we’re aware of our anger, we can be gentle with it. Don’t try to

moment. Suppose we are traveling and we know we will have to cross a bridge. We can’t cross the bridge until we get there. If we spend our time thinking about how to cross the bridge, we’ll miss out on the journey. If we stay in the present moment, then when we finally get to the bridge, we can cross without fear. What should I do when I feel sad? A wonderful thing to do is smile to your sadness. This is a very simple practice but it has a great effect. Your smile is like the

and the mud is also a wonder. When you are aware of the wonders around you, life is full of joy. Is nothing something? Yes. Nothing is something. You have an idea in your head of nothing. You have an idea in your head of something. Both are things that can create either suffering or happiness. What does God look like? God expresses him-or herself in many ways. We can see God in a flower, in the sun, in a river, and in our friend. God doesn’t have a particular form; God

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