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4 September 2008

Interbeing – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Parallax Press – The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra Thich Nhat Hanh

From: The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
Thich Nhat Hanh

Interbeing

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. “Interbeing” is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix “inter-” with the verb “to be,” we ha vea new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are.

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