On Teachers-Day I pay tributes to one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. His students affectionately call him Thay (pronounced “Tay” or “Tie”), which is Vietnamese for “teacher.

In 1982 he founded Plum Village, a meditation community in exile in France, where he continues his work, teaches, writes, and gardens; and leads retreats worldwide on “the art of mindful living”.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future. Dwelling in the present moment is, according to Nhat Hanh, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

Dear friends the world of blogging has been great fun with lots of learning and exchanging views and comments. Wish you all a Happy Teachers day!

Cheers 🙂


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Asma says:

    well teachers are indeedthe biggest blessings but these days we just don’t respect them enough and may that’s why we have ceased to grow


  2. Taught high school history 33 years inner city schools Miami, Florida. My advice to them was that reading was the most important thing to master. That skill gives you freedom and empowerment.


    • Dilip says:

      Delighted to know you were a teacher for 33 long years. With your creative skills the kids would have imbibed very good learning. And yes the importance and value of ‘reading’ is so important in the childs development.

      Thanks and kind regards!


  3. Madhu says:

    Wonderful messages there Dilip! Haven’t read any of his books. Shall try and get hold of one immediately!


  4. I have many of his books. I have taken meditation classes from a woman who has been on his retreats. She is in California and is connected to the Golden Door spa which I have been fortunate enough to visit many times. A haven filled with zen. Margie


    • dilipnaidu says:

      How nice to know that you are into meditation classes led by a competent teacher. I came to know of this Zen master through my student who came from Vietnam. Wish you al te best Margie in your learning in the Zen philosophies.

      Kind regards.


  5. Hope you are doing well, I have nominated you for The Sun Shine Award, please visit my blog to know more, wish you the best.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      I sincerely thank you for the honor in adding me to your list of nominees for the Sun Shine Award. It is indeed very gracious of you.

      I’ll try and check out the process by visiting your blog.

      With kind regards!


  6. irfan says:

    we all are something today just because of our parents n teachers but somehow in the blind race of life we are just not able to give what they deserve…parents as well as teachers…..

    Lets try n make an environment in which they start getting their dues…..

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring post Dilip.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      How true Irfan … you are so right and our payback time begins when parents in age and are infirm …even visiting a school teacher who may have retired long since and spending time with him will mean a lot ….

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts …regards


  7. Trish says:

    inspiring the good .. I like this thought


  8. manju says:

    “My actions are my only true belongings”- thought-provoking words by Thich Nhat Hanh.

    Very timely post on the occasion of Teachers’ Day!


  9. artzent says:

    As an art teacher I thank you very much and hope that you continue to have great teachers!


  10. Manish says:

    every day, we live by the learning n it’s subtleties all thanks to a continual learning! but a Guru is someone more than that.. Directions r provided only by a Guru.! thank you sir with a lot of heartily wishes! cheers!!


  11. Vedant says:

    happy teachers day


  12. Tarun says:

    Happy teachers day!


  13. Dear Sir,

    Teacher always helps one to get the knowledge & stands beside the students, when they have problems. Thanks for being my teacher.

    Happy Teachers Day Sir

    Pradeep Giri


  14. happy teachers day … but I would like to say this everyday As i am what I am because of my teachers ..


  15. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Happy Teacher’s Day to you and everybody in this enlightened forum!

    Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. ~ William Butler Yeats

    I am sure you provide the spark for a lot of people in their quest for learning and that includes me please. Thank you!

    And here’s something interesting about Thich Nhat Hanh :


    Thanks and regards,



    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thank you Geetha for your good wishes. The link was a good read on this enlightened Being. BTW it is you provide the sparks of great research and recal abilities.
      Many best wishes to you.


  16. So wise and true… Thank you very much Dilip!
    Happy Teachers day!


  17. Biswadip says:

    How true Sir.We don’t concentrate on present rather only past and future. Jim Rohn said “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
    BTW before reading your blog I had no clue about Thich Nhat Hanh.
    I truly believe learning is a continuous process and exchanging knowledge must nurture our own independent mind and our spirit of discovery.And I remember very well that on many occasions you told us about a famous quote of Einstein “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.” And I must acknowledge that without your presence I couldn’t able to discover the meaning of it. As a tribute to you on Teachers day-

    The best teacher is the one who suggests
    rather than dogmatizes,
    and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
    -Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
    I find this within you.Thank you for inspiring us.Happy Teachers day Sir!
    Kind Regards,


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Yes Biswadip my dear friend your presense in the class and your enquiring mind provoked a lot of interesting discussion. That is why you have earned the respect of your peer group and all your teachers.

      Good wishes to you in your quest for learning and disseminating your views.

      Regards & cheers 🙂


  18. VEDANT says:

    गुरु बिन ज्ञान नहीं रे।
    अंधकार बस तब तक ही है, जब तक है दिनमान नहीं रे॥

    मिले न गुरु का अगर सहारा, मिटे नहीं मन का अंधियारा
    लक्ष्य नहीं दिखलाई पड़ता, पग आगे रखते मन डरता।
    हो पाता है पूरा कोई, भी अभियान नहीं, नहीं रे॥

    जब तक रहती गुरु से दूरी, होती मन की प्यास न पूरी।
    गुरु मन की पीड़ा हर लेते, दिव्य सरस जीवन कर देते।
    गुरु बिन जीवन होता ऐसा, जैसे प्राण नहीं, नहीं रे॥

    भटकावों की राहें छोड़ें, गुरु चरणों से मन को जोड़ें।
    गुरु के निर्देशों को मानें, इनको सच्ची सम्पत्ति जानें।
    धन, बल, साधन, बुद्धि, ज्ञान का, कर अभिमान नहीं नहीं रे॥

    गुरु से जब अनुदान मिलेंगे, अति पावन परिणाम मिलेंगे।
    टूटेंगे भवबन्धन सारे, खुल जायेंगे, प्रभु के द्वारे।
    क्या से क्या तुम बन जाओगे, तुमको ध्यान नहीं, नहीं रे॥
    गुरु ही ज्ञान ध्यान जप पूजा, गुरु विद्या विश्वास।
    जो गुरु के गुण गौरव जाने, गोविन्द उनके पास॥




  19. Lubna says:

    Happy teachers day, Dilip Sir. There are so many teachers I remember, even bosses, can make excellent teachers. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many awesome people teach me.


  20. Greetings on the wonderful occasion!


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