Thich Nhat Hanh as metta - our children's most important gift from us
- "We have destroyed so many moments of our lives. We have destroyed so
many days, so many months, so many years of our lives. We spent them
in suffering, in anguish, in anger, and that is a waste. We have to
cherish all moments that are left for us to live. We have to live
peacefully, happily, and that is our greatest gift for the world, for
the next generation. Our children need our happiness. They don't need
our money. They need our happiness, because if we know how to live
happily with each other, the children will learn it from us, and that
is the greatest heritage we can hand down to our children. Many young
people have told me that the greatest gift that parents can give to
their children is their own happiness. You have to listen to them.
They need it badly."
Dharma Talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh on July 16, 1996 in Plum
Village, France." Returning to Our True Home"
May this be of benefit.