Compassion Can Make You More Attractive–Thich Nhat Hanh Re-load

A week ago, I published an article about a conversation I had with Thich Nhat Hanh. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. James Doty and the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, I am able to share the video of this short interview with you. To see the whole Conversation on Compassion with Thich Nhat Hanh go to:

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32 comments on “Compassion Can Make You More Attractive–Thich Nhat Hanh Re-load

  1. rarasaur says:

    Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom has seen me through many confused moments. It’s awesome that you had this chance to interview him and collect such wonderful morsels on compassion. Beautiful!

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yes, Rara, I feel very blessed. I just seem to be at the right place at the right time. I love his answer though. I never knew compassion could make me better looking. haha. {{{hugs}}} Kozo
      Thanks for the tweet. And I will send you my ILD photo soon.

  2. smilecalm says:

    Thay looks remarkably well, albeit tired, having just lead a Vietnamese, then English retreat in Deer Park prior to this talk. May he stay fresh and return again in two years.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Wow, do we have to wait two years? I’m so glad I got my tickets for this sold out event on the first day they went on sale. Let me know if you publish a post on Deer Park. {{{Hugs]}} kozo

      • smilecalm says:

        Thay can be seen in person, soon. winter retreat starts in a week or so in plum village. next year retreats scheduled in Europe and asia. my last few posts were inspired by being with the sangha in Deer Park. Thanks for your kind presence, david

  3. Thank you Kozo! a lotus for you…

  4. brucethomasw says:

    Thank you for asking Thay this question, and I will carefully consider his anwer – I especially liked him saying if I (and other men men) will become more compassionate I will be less angry at the world, and I will sleep better – and this is better than bombs.

  5. Jack Saunsea says:

    Compassion is indeed very powerful. I have been in several situations of being robbed at gunpoint, and other situations where violence was being threatened, where looking at the person with compassion enabled me to have no fear and I have never been harmed. Although, even if I had been harmed, I remain in the place of belief that compassion never fails, in the larger scheme of things.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Wow, Jack, to have compassion at gunpoint is such a high level of compassion. Thank you for sharing. Amazing how much compassion can do in the heat of the moment. I have to agree with you and Thay–compassion never fails. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

      • Jack Saunsea says:

        Thank you for your kind words. Although, I don’t really see it as a “high level”, but more of a logical and rational level. I’ve done quite a bit of adventure style travel, which places me in many circumstances where violence may perhaps be on the minds of others, and time after time after time I have seen kindness, encouragement, speaking the truth I see of who others deep down really are has in a sense, created an impenetrable shield of sorts that doesn’t allow harm to come in. Not a shield of defense, but a shield that when people come into contact with it know they are loved, which is the greatest disarming weapon we have. Whereas, I have seen others who defend themselves which escalates situations. So, if you were in my shoes, what would be the logical choice?

      • Kozo Hattori says:

        Great explanation, Jack. I need to work on putting up that kindness, encouragement, and speaking the truth of others shield into use in my day-to-day relationships. 🙂 Thank you for sharing the wisdom. {{{Hugs}} Kozo

  6. Great question for the twisted, amazing people of the world. Great answer.

  7. So much fuel for our souls you give us!!

  8. Sun says:

    thank you Kozo, this is the first time to hear Thich Nhat Hanh speak. thank you for your tireless work making the world a more peaceful place.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Thich Nhat Hanh is such a brilliant speaker and writer. He can say in a few words something that has so much depth and wisdom. Thanks for watching, Sunshine. I’ve been meaning to visit, but life is a bit fast and furious at the moment. Thinking about you. {{{hugs]}} kozo

      • Sun says:

        do not fret, Kozo – your first priority always, your children, family first. your season for more you time will come later. enjoy your family. in no time you will find yourself looking for a place to retire and blog. ha-ha. 🙂

  9. Beautiful, Kozo! Thank you for this! tomas ♥

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  16. Your blog has just EXPLODED! I am so amazed at how your blog has evolved over the last year (I blogged and read YOUR blog under a different name before 😉 ).

    I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hanh through you, and it has enhanced my life in so many ways. Your question was so relevant to men today, and (as usual) your post was perfectly timed to remind me about the need for compassion in my own decisions RIGHT NOW.

    You’re always SO inspiring, Kozo. I am so glad you and your thoughtful blog are a part of my world.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Love the title of your blog, Stefan. So glad we connected on so many levels. I’m glad you are part of my world as well. It inspires me that other men are out there spreading compassion. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

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