By Thich Nhat Hanh
Liked Buddhist instructor and poet Thich Nhat Hanh provided the realm much-needed phrases of calming knowledge in his earlier e-book, Anger-a coast-to-coast bestseller in either hardcover and paperback.
Now, in a e-book either well timed and undying, he tackles a topic that has been pondered by way of Buddhist clergymen and nuns for twenty-five hundred years-and an everlasting secret that touches us all: what's dying? via Zen parables, guided meditations, and private tales, he explodes the normal myths of the way we are living and die. much more, Thich Nhat Hanh indicates us how to reside a existence unfettered through worry.
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If we look around us we can see the Buddha in many fonus. The Buddha is in you because you have been able to look deeply and see that things are not really born and that they do not 26 THE REAL FEAR die. We can say that you are a new fonn of the Buddha, a continuation of the Buddha. Do not underestimate yoursel£ Look around you a little bit and you will see continuations of the Buddha everywhere. Am I Yesterday's Me? I have a photograph of myself when I was a boy of sixteen. Is it a photograph of me?
If those things are not present, the paper cannot be present. And if we bum the paper, where is the self of paper? Nothing can exist by itself alone. It has to depend on every other thing. That is called inter-being. To be means to inter-be. The paper inter-is with the sunshine and with the forest. The flower cannot exist by itself alone; it has to interbe with soil, rain, weeds and insects. There is no being; there is only inter-being. Looking deeply into a flower, we see that the flower is 47 NO DEATH, NO FEAR made of non-flower elements.
Do you need to sit in the lotus position to find the answer? I am sure that the answer is already in you. It is just waiting for one more condition to manifest itself. The Buddha said that everyone has Buddha nature in them. Buddha nature is the ability to understand and touch our real nature. The answer is already in you. A teacher cannot give you the answer. A teacher can help you be in touch with the awakened nature, the great understanding and compassion in you. The Buddha invites you to be in touch with the wisdom that is already in you.
No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh