Thich Nhat Hanh Washes Dishes

Are you telling me that Thich Nhat Hanh actually does his own dishes?

Washing the dishes is at the same time a means and an end that is, not only do we do the dishes in order to have clean dishes, we also do the dishes just to do the dishes, to live fully in each moment while washing them. If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of drinking the tea joyfully. With the cup in my hands I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavor of the tea, together with the pleasure of drinking it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment.

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2 thoughts on “Thich Nhat Hanh Washes Dishes

  1. DANNY O'BRYAN

    How you do anything is how you do every thing.Look and see what reakity is yours why are you here on earth ? You can read more about his work at Plum Villige in France.Wash is dish and find inner peace………………..d

  2. JB

    Hmmm, makes me think of that 2000AD (comic) story about the guy who grew the record-breaking nose. His mother was totally obsessed with washing dishes. Once she had them squeaky clean, she had a box of dirt to stick them in, and then she’d wash them all over again. And again. And again. And again.

    It was like a vision of hell.

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