Zen and Romantic Love

by Zach Smith

In light of the cultural holiday with love at it’s center this week, Thay’s take on this subject might be of interest to you. The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation just shared a video clip on their blog of Thay answering the question: “If Buddhism supports love for Mother Nature, why doesn’t it also support romantic love between two people and demonstrations of affection between two people?” I encourage you to watch the video to see what Thay has to say (you might be surprised), as well as see Thay smile, enjoy his humor, hear his voice and simply see him.

If you’d like to learn more about the Four Elements of True Love (maitri, karuna, mudita and upeksha) that he discusses, please check out Thay’s book True Love, a collection of Five Dharma Talks given by Thay, and/or the Third Mindfulness Training (and the Fourteenth).


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