Thursday, February 3, 2022

Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh - 1926 - 2022

I see the beloved monk now, in every sunflower blooming in my home garden. I see him walking in meditation with a each and every flower.

In memory of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh - 1926 to  21 January, 2022

In his book, At Home in the World, published in 2016, Nhat Hanh addressed his inevitable death. He wrote:

This body of mine will disintegrate, but my actions will continue me… If you think I am only this body, then you have not truly seen me. When you look at my friends, you see my continuation. When you see someone walking with mindfulness and compassion, you know he is my continuation. I don’t see why we have to say “I will die,” because I can already see myself in you, in other people, and in future generations.

Even when the cloud is not there, it continues as snow or rain. It is impossible for the cloud to die. It can become rain or ice, but it cannot become nothing. The cloud does not need to have a soul in order to continue. There’s no beginning and no end. I will never die. There will be a dissolution of this body, but that does not mean my death.

I will continue, always.

The above quote, taken from "Lions Roar" Buddhist

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