For Thich Nhat Hanh, creating calligraphy is more than creating art—it is also a meditative practice. He is fully present for every moment, from drinking his tea, to sitting down and taking a brush, and using the tea to make the ink. He has said that he cannot write poetry if he does not garden the lettuces; the same is true with his calligraphy. Each calligraphy is made of mindful sitting, breathing, walking, smiling – and love. In his own words:

“In my calligraphy, there is ink, tea, breathing, mindfulness, and concentration. Writing calligraphy is a practice of meditation. I write the words or sentences that can remind people about the practice. For instance, ‘breathe and enjoy the here and the now’ or ‘breathe and enjoy this wonderful moment’. I think the word ‘wonderful’ means full of wonders. If you are truly there in the moment, you can recognize so many wonders in that moment. So breathe in, bring your mind back to your body and you can touch many wonders in this moment.”

Sr Peace talks about how Thich Nhat Hanh uses these calligraphies in the video. Just click here to watch.