The Order of Interbeing was founded by and continues to be inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace. Engaged Buddhism: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Interbeing. Chapter (PDF Available) · April with 1, Reads. In book: Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings, . Interbeing is a popular term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh. It describes the way all phenomena depend on and inter-exist with all other.
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When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist.
In fact, nothing can grow. Rina Patel September 6, Even we cannot grow without sunshine. We know the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became onterbeing bread is also in this sheet of paper.
The cloud is essential for the paper to exist.
If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. You cannot point out one thing that is not here- time, space, the earth, the rain, the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat.
And if we return the logger to his mother, then we have no sheet of paper either.
What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh) — Rina G. Patel
Everything coexists with this sheet of paper. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are.
Your mind is here and mind is also. You have to inter-be with every other thing. And so, interbsing know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper.
If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. You have to inter-be.
That is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part of our perception. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. Suppose we try to return one of the elements to its source.
What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh)
And we see the wheat. No, without sunshine nothing can be. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper.
Rina Patel August 14, Do you think that this sheet of paper will be possible? Rina Patel September 2, Comment.
This sheet of paper, is because everything else is. As thin as his sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.
And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. You cannot just be by yourself alone. Suppose we return the sunshine to the sun.