Spring in Winter from Thich Nhat Hanh


Yesterday Hans Kaufer posted a wonderful lecture by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I’ll paraphrase something that struck me as being perfect for this photo I took yesterday afternoon.  The logs have become gardens of moss and flowery lichen which I find captivating.

“To say winter is there and spring is not there is not correct.  All elements of spring to help manifest exists there.  If you look at the nature of spring, spring does not come from nonbeing into the realm of being.  Because from nothing you can never become something.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh

It seems like spring is not there, but when spring comes, it shows itself as having been there all along.  So he goes on to say, what of our lives?  Because our bodies disintegrate, that doesn’t mean we become nothing.  Because the concept of nothing doesn’t exist.  Only an appearance of something that in our clumsy understanding seems like nothing.

How shallow we are in our understanding of the world.  There is so much we can’t see or hear and therefore we make up stories about how the world works.

Thank you so much to Hans Kaufer and Thich Nhat Hanh for this teaching!

Spring in Winter from Thich Nhat Hanh

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