Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks On Emptiness

This is one of the most beautiful videos! Most of the images are time elapsed photographs of beautiful flowers.
You see the flowers opening up and closing. You see the dandelion seeds floating around the field. You see flowers blooming and seeds flying through the air. How beautiful!
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh talks over the beautiful images.
He uses the example of a sheet of paper to explain the concept of emptiness. Anyone can see the sunshine and the rain in the sheet of paper.
Thus the sheet of paper has to inter-be with many non-paper elements. It is empty of a separate existence. It is interdependent on the earth, the rain, the logger, the sun and many other non-paper elements.
Like the paper, we are empty of a separate existence. We are interdependent on many non-human elements.


5 thoughts on “Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks On Emptiness

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  4. Thanks for sharing this beautiful video. I never quite understood emptiness teachings before, like he says, ’emptiness does not sound like such a nice word’ but thought of in this way as ‘interbeing’, the word emptiness becomes transformed.

    • Emptiness for me is that sense of this little artificially-created center that feels like “me” becoming something very relative and more in the background of my awareness – and the fact of all elements of existence inter-being comes more to the foreground of awareness. This “me” center is more like a tool and has its purpose but it cannot give me the big picture of this Mystery that we are all living elements of and embedded in. You might enjoy this post:
      Namaste’! tomas ☼

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