Anywhere you see love and understanding, there is the Buddha.—Thich Nhat Hanh
Drawn from Dharma talks given directly to young people and replete with contemporary illustrations, A Pebble for Your Pocket presents the basic teachings of the Buddha in accessible and modern language. Through vivid metaphors, original allegories, and colorful stories, young people learn about handling anger, living in the present moment, and “interbeing”—the interconnectedness of all things. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches ways to practice mindfulness in order to cultivate peace and happiness and to awaken the Buddha-nature that exists in all of us.
“If someone asks you why you practice sitting meditation, say, ‘I sit because I like it.’ That is the best answer, I think. You enjoy sitting because you become a flower, a mountain, still water, and empty space. When you become all these kinds of things, you truly become yourself, living deeply in the here and now.”
“A Buddha is anyone who is awake, who is aware of everything that happens inside and around him or her, and who understands and loves deeply. If you are awake, if you are in the present moment, here and now, you too are a Buddha.”
“Anywhere you see love and understanding, there is the Buddha. Anyone can be a Buddha. Do not imagine that the Buddha is a statue or someone who has a fancy halo around his or her head or wears a yellow robe. A Buddha is a person who is aware of what is going on inside and around him or her and has a lot of understanding and compassion.”