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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Happy Contiuation

A wave on the ocean has a beginning and an end, a birth and a death. But the wave is empty. The wave is full of water, but it is empty of a seperate self. A wave is a form which has been made possible thanks to the existence of wind and water. If a wave only sees its form, with its beginning and end, it will be afraid of birth and death. But if the wave sees that it is water, indentifies itself with the water, then it will be emancipated from birth and death. Each wave is born and is going to die, but the water is free from birth and death.

-Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh: The Essential Writings With an Introduction by Sister Annabel Laity.

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Zen Unbound said...

Excellent post, James.

Through emptiness, we can come to know the truth of TNH's words. How would be behave if we were centered in the ocean and not totally in our wavy self, I wonder?

"James" said...

Excellent point Tom. I have found myself lately in some choppy water and am trying to swim back out to the middle of the ocean.

Gareth said...

I've been meditating on emptiness a great deal recently. I find it changes everything

Immortal Beloved said...

Beautiful quote. Thanks for sharing. I've been meaning to get some of his books.

"James" said...

gareth: yeah, me too. Emptiness is one of the most important concepts in Buddhism I think. The Heart sutra is what I'm meditating on right now. Emptiness does change everything.

You really should grab some of his books. They are so easy to read and understand. He makes Buddhism very clear and understandable to the western mind. I would also recommend, "Buddhism is not what you think" by Steven Hagen I believe.

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