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"You of this
moment are no longer you of a minute ago. There is no
permanent entity within us, there is only a stream of being. There is always a
lot of input and output. The input and the output happen in every second, and
we should learn how to look at life as streams of being, and not as separate
entities. This is a very profound teaching of the Buddha. For instance, looking
into a flower, you can see that the flower is made of many elements that we
can call non-flower elements. When you touch the flower, you touch the
cloud. You cannot remove the cloud from the flower, because if you could
remove the cloud from the flower, the flower would collapse right away. You
don't have to be a poet in order to see a cloud floating in the flower, but you
know very well that without the clouds there would be no rain and no water
for the flower to grow...
A flower cannot
be by herself alone. A flower has to "inter-be" with
else that is called non-flower.. That is what we call inter-being. You cannot be,
you can only inter-be. The word inter-be can reveal more of the reality than
the word "to be". You cannot be by yourself alone, you have to inter-be with
everything else. So the true nature of the flower is the nature of inter-being,
the nature of no self. The flower is there, beautiful, fragrant, yes, but the
flower is empty of a separate self. To be empty is not a negative note.
Nagarjuna, of the second century, said that because of emptiness, everything
So a flower is
described as empty.. But I like to say it differently. A flower
empty only of a separate self, but a flower is full of everything else. The
whole cosmos can be seen, can be identified, can be touched, in one flower.
So to say that the flower is empty of a separate self also means that the flower
is full of the cosmos. It's the same thing. So you are of the same nature as a
flower: you are empty of a separate self, but you are full of the cosmos..."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
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