The Five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hahn

Jul 5, 2024 | Cornerstone, Global Peace, Meditation, Mindfulness, Small Acts

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s five mindfulness trainings resonate with the 5 precepts I embraced at the start of my Buddhist journey. These precepts profoundly shaped my life’s direction, providing an ethical framework that guided me through significant personal changes.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings are articulated in clear, universal terms, free from dogmatic or religious connotations. He addresses the suffering that arises from neglecting these practices and provides specific, mindful approaches to cultivate them, highlighting their positive outcomes.

Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to “begin within” by making a deep commitment to these practices. By doing so, we can transform our world into one motivated by loving kindness and compassion, where all beings are happy, free, and loved.

Embracing the Five Precepts in our lives as defined by, Thich Nhat Hanh, offers profound guidance on your personal the path to inner peace and contributes to creating a more peaceful and compassionate world. Offering a blueprint for global spirituality and ethics based on the Buddha’s teachings.

I share a brief recap of these ideas below followed by a link to the full teaching on his website.

Refrain from Harming

By committing to non-violence (ahimsa), we actively avoid causing harm to any living being, cultivating compassion and respect for all life forms. This practice promotes a sense of interconnectedness and reduces the cycle of suffering.

Practice Honesty

Upholding truthfulness in our words and actions fosters trust, integrity, and authenticity in our relationships. By speaking with honesty and kindness, we create an environment of openness and mutual understanding.

Respect Boundaries

Abstaining from taking what is not freely given cultivates respect for the rights and possessions of others. This practice of non-stealing promotes generosity and ethical conduct, nurturing harmonious relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

 Cultivate Mindful Conduct

By practicing restraint in sexual relationships and respecting the commitments of others, we uphold integrity and honor the dignity of ourselves and others. This precept encourages mindfulness in our interactions, promoting clarity and ethical behavior.

Speak with Kindness

Refraining from harmful speech—such as gossip, harsh words, or divisive language—nurtures understanding, harmony, and reconciliation in communication. By speaking with kindness and compassion, we contribute to a culture of empathy and respect.


Join me in embracing these timeless practices of the Five Precepts. Together, let’s cultivate inner peace, and harmony in relationships, contributing to a more compassionate world where each action reflects our commitment to the peace and well-being in our lives and in the lives of those with whom we share this precious planet.

My gratitude to Thich Nhat Hahn for his clarity and insight.
Please enjoy this article from the Plum Village website:

The Five Mindfulness Trainings
by Thich Nhat Hahn

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