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Poetics of Compost

Excerpt from “The Poetics of Compost” by Redwood Reider Compost is the most magic alchemy I know: huge piles of the stuff no one wants, transmuting into divine elixir that nourishes life. It feels like a hopeful metaphor for all … Continue reading

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The Soul, Like the Moon

Taken from PARABOLA, Volume 30, No. 3, Fall 2005: “Body and Soul.” The soul, like the moon, is new, and always new again. And I have seen the ocean continuously creating. Since I scoured my mind and my body, I … Continue reading

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If we open our eyes, we will see.

Excerpt from “Fragrant Palm Leaves” by Thich Nhat Hanh Subject and object of consciousness cannot exist apart from each other.  Without an object, the subject cannot be aware of anything.  Mountains and rivers, earth and sun, all lie within the … 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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Nothing is Born, Nothing Dies

Excerpt from “No Death, No Fear” by Thich Nhat Hanh A French scientist, whose name is Lavosier, declared, “Rien ne se cree, rien ne se perd.” “Nothing is born, nothing dies.” Although he did not practice as a Buddhist but … Continue reading

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No Sameness, No Otherness

Excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talk on Ancestors Day 2008 The question is: the plant of corn and the seed of corn, are they one or two things? If they are one thing, both of them are the same … Continue reading

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