Empty of a Separate Self

This old talk of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is one that he repeats quite often.

He uses the example of a sheet of paper to demonstrated how it is interconnected with the tree, the logger, the sunshine, the rain, and many other elements.

He says that the paper is empty of a separate self. It cannot be by itself, alone.

It needs the sunshine, the earth, the forest, and everything else that it inter-is with.

The paper is empty of a separate existence.

This is the insight of emptiness.

If the paper is empty of a separate existence, so am I.

I am in a state of interbeing with my family, my friends, you, the earth, the sky, and countless other elements.

If you know anyone who would benefit from the insight of emptiness, please share this with them.

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