Category Archives: emptiness

Not Dwelling on the NonConditioned

From the Vimalakirtinirdesa Sutra, Translated from the Chinese by Thich Nhat Hanh What does it mean, “not dwelling on the Nonconditioned”? The bodhisattva contemplates the reality of Emptiness but does not take Emptiness as an object of attainment. The bodhisattva practices the reality of Nonappearance … Continue reading

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No-Coming, No-Going

Contemplation on No-Coming and No-Going by Thich Nhat Hanh This body is not me. I am not limited by this body, I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean … Continue reading

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Seed and Plant ‘inter-are’

You don’t discriminate between the seed and the plant. You see that they ‘inter-are’ with each other, that they are the same thing. Looking deeply at the young cornstalk, you can see the seed of corn, still alive, but with … Continue reading

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The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore

On September 11th, 2014 Thay completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Heart Sutra, one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. >>Download a print-friendly one-page pdf The Insight That Brings Us to the Other Shore … Continue reading

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The Four Notions

Excerpt from “Free From Notions” by Thich Nhat Hanh In the Diamond Sutra, a very famous sutra in the Zen tradi­tion, we learn that there are four notions that you have to remove if you don’t want to suffer. These … Continue reading

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Impermanence is like a Cloud

“It’s like a cloud in the sky. When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. So you can recognize … Continue reading

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Mom’s Haiku

Death spoke softly Brushing her cheek With a white feather. Mother said Yes. Tears flow. The river carries leaves Touched by Lengthening shadows. A bright quarter moon Rises over palm trees. My mother’s smile Lives. I was very fortunate to … Continue reading

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