At Home With Yourself: New Year’s Eve Talk


December 31, 2010. 71-minute New Year’s Eve Talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh, from the Assembly of Stars Hall of the Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France.

“Once we understand the suffering inside ourselves, compassion will arise. If you understand the roots of suffering, understanding will arise, and then compassion. Then you feel at home with yourself. And when you feel at home with yourself, you can help the other person. You can understand his or her suffering better. You have become a home for yourself, and you are helping him or her to become a home for him- or herself.”

The talk was given in English and is available below (French and Vietnamese audio are also available, as well as video version).


By Chan Niem Hy

Dharma Teacher.


  1. I have never felt “at home” like I do now, and.. I noticed that gratitude and thankfulness immediately follows understanding.

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