Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh

                In addition to Japanese and Korean Zen, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a form of Vietnamese Zen, which probably has the largest following in North America. “Some waves on the ocean are high,” he told his students, “and some are low. Waves appear to be born and to die. But if we look more deeply, we see that the waves, although coming and going, are also water, which is always there. Notions like high and low, birth and death can be applied to waves, but water is free of such distinctions. Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes that is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears.”

[Thich Nhat Hanh – Cypress Trees in the Garden: 439-466]

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