The Potato Principle – 2

“Rien ne se cre, rien ne se perd.” ~ Lavoisier

According to the French scientist, Lavoisier, “nothing is created, nothing is lost.”

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What follows is some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom which came to me though his book “No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life.”

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Nothing is born, nothing dies. Our true nature is the nature of no birth and no death. Only when we touch our true nature can we transcend the fear of non-being, the fear of annihilation.

Our true nature is the nature of no coming, no going. We have not come from anywhere, we shall not go anywhere. When conditions are sufficient, we manifest. When conditions are no longer sufficient, we no longer manifest. It does not mean that we do not exist.

Not only do the notions of coming and going not express reality, neither the notions of being and non-being.

Nothing has a separate self, and nothing exists by itself. If we examine things carefully we will see that all phenomena, including ourselves, are composites. We are all made up of other parts. We are made of our mother and father, our grandmothers and grandfathers… and innumerable non-self elements. We see that all that has existed, exists, or will exist is interconnected and interdependent. All that we see has only manifested because it is part of something else, or other conditions that make it possible to manifest. All phenomena are neither produced nor destroyed, because they are in a constant process of manifesting.

To really understand this is to be free from fear. It is to become enlightened. It is to live in inter-being.

We have to practice looking deeply like this to nourish our awakened understanding of no birth and no death in our daily lives. In this way we can realize the wonderful gift of non-fear.

Looking deeply, we should also see that there is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no being, there is no non-being; there is no same, there is no different.

The cream of enlightened wisdom is the insight of no birth, no death. When we have this insight we will have no more fear.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


If you would like to read the first installment of The Potato Principle, just click.


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