Thich Nhat Hanh - No birth and no death

August 22, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh uses a piece of paper to discuss “no birth and no death”:

Look at this piece of paper. It didn’t come from nothing because from nothing you can’t suddenly become something.

Looking deeply into the sheet of paper, we can see the trees, the soil, sun, rain, and cloud that nourished the trees, the lumberjack, and the paper mill. This is where the sheet of paper comes from. Taking the form of a sheet of paper is only a new manifestation, not a birth.

And, it’s impossible for the sheet of paper to die. When you burn a sheet of paper it turns into smoke, vapor, ash, and heat, it continues in other forms. So the nature of the sheet of paper is "no birth and no death."

That’s pretty good.

I found these quotes in this article.

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