This Is It

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The opportunity has presented itself. Take it.
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“Inside the Now” begins with an autobiographical reflection in which we hear the voice of the young monk, poet, and community-builder struggling in war-torn Vietnam to develop a Buddhism relevant to the suffering of his time.

Inside the Now (Parallax Press, 2015) contains the most recent, never before published commentaries and reflections of Thich Nhat Hanh on living in stillness and timelessness.

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For so long have I awaited this day.

The opportunity that you have been waiting for is right here in the present moment. Each step is that opportunity; each breath is that opportunity — an opportunity for you to go back to the now and stop your endless wandering and waiting for that day to come.

The day that you’ve been waiting for is today;

the moment that you’ve been waiting for

is this very moment.

You must pierce the veil of time and space in order to come to the here and the now.

No matter what your circumstances are, that opportunity is there for you. In the now, you will find what you have been looking for.

More from Inside the Now:

Walking In the Now
We Still Have the Now

Reprinted from Inside the Now: Meditations on Time (2015) by Thich Nhat Hanh with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, California.

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