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By Thich Nhat Hanh

How will we discover ways to think in ourselves and never simply depend on our religious lecturers? this question frequently without delay posed to Thich Nhat Hanh as "Who may be your successor?" used to be spoke back in August of 2009 whilst over one thousand humans got here to Colorado to spend per week with Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh purely to discover he used to be within the sanatorium and wouldn’t be capable of lead the retreat. the results of this occasion is One Buddha isn't Enough, a booklet on tips to turn into your personal instructor and create your personal neighborhood the place you could least anticipate it.

One Buddha isn't sufficient bargains clean and unique perception from rising Buddhist academics on issues equivalent to easy methods to deal with grief, improve our relations, take care of anger and different robust feelings, and locate happiness within the current second. via letters, tales, poems, calligraphies, and images, Thich Nhat Hanh stocks his exact insights on affliction, health and wellbeing, and varied therapeutic modalities.

Far-reaching in its implication and drastically encouraging, One Buddha isn't really Enough is a real expression of yankee Buddhism: all of us already comprise all of the perception and knowledge we want. we're surrounded by way of the folks who will help us on our trip. occasionally all it takes is a get up name to remind us of what we're able to.

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Whereas i used to be there, the Bat Nha monastery, domestic to just about four hundred monastics, was once attacked for the 1st time. many folks desired to be there to assist look after the matter and be a robust aid for our more youthful brothers and sisters. someday, I got the very painful information from my relations in Canada that my nephew, Tony, have been in an coincidence and was once in a coma. i used to be torn. i wished to be at Bat Nha to aid my Sangha, which was once being attacked. nonetheless, my nephew used to be in a coma and he was once demise. My brother-in-law known as me and he couldn’t say a be aware. He gave the telephone to his son, the more youthful brother of the only who’d been within the twist of fate. This younger one was once very stable, notwithstanding he used to be simply fifteen. He used to be in a position to be calm sufficient to inform me what had occurred to Tony. It was once a tragic information, painful information. I went to my room and lit a stick of incense. I sat down and that i went again to my respiring and that i appeared deeply into my nephew to work out the genuine nature of his anguish. while I lit the incense I all of sudden remembered a time I walked with Thay on a course in Plum Village. Thay used to be spreading the ashes of a lay pupil who had lived in Plum Village for a few years. He had died within the U. S. yet he sought after his ashes to be unfold in Plum Village. I walked with Thay whereas he unfold the ashes and that i held the incense. After he’d accomplished, Thay and that i went again to the hut. We washed our fingers after which we sat down for tea. Thay requested me the query, “What do you think that if you happen to carry the incense like that? ” i used to be silent for a piece, after which I stated, “I see that the incense is rather like Jim,” the buddy who died. “Jim has lived his lifestyles and he has shared his attractiveness, his love, his care, his knowing with many folks. So he's already reborn into many kinds of existence. ” once we mild a stick of incense, if we glance at it deeply, the incense will educate us much. The smoke could be reworked right into a cloud and proceed its existence as a cloud. the warmth of the incense penetrates into our physique and turns into a part of ourselves. The body spray penetrates into the room and plenty of folks benefit from the perfume, and it additionally turns into a part of every thing round it. and what's left is the ash, and that ash, we expect it’s lifeless, yet it’s no longer useless. Ash can be a sort of existence. not anything is demise, lifestyles is simply turning out to be whatever else, and it’s simply taking part in a online game of cover and search. whilst I delay this flower, you will find the flower in entrance of me, but when I positioned it in the back of my again, you might imagine it’s now not there—that’s how we see beginning and demise with our traditional eyes. however the flower remains to be there, at the back of me. I regarded into the incense and that i reflected. I observed that my nephew is often there, in me, in my brother-in-law, in my sister, in his brother, in his sister, and within the priests and nuns too, simply because Tony had visited all of the monasteries of Thay, even these in Vietnam, and he had met many attractive clergymen and nuns and he enjoyed them a lot. He acquired into an coincidence on his eighteenth birthday. there has been a birthday party equipped at domestic.

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