Mud

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From Thich Nhat Hanh’s Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society: “Imagine there was no suffering. This is like trying to imagine a lotus growing without the mud that nurtures it. You can’t plant lotus on marble. If there’s no mud, there’s no lotus. So if you want to have lotus flowers, you have to get some mud. If you look deeply into the nature of the lotus, you will see the mud in it. You don’t need to look at the mud, you only need to look at the lotus and you will see the mud in it. You can’t remove the mud from the lotus. If you tried to do so, the lotus would cease to be a lotus. Lotus flowers are made of non-lotus elements, including mud. Happiness is made of non-happiness elements, including suffering.”

Roger

 

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