I’ve seen this on the odd occasion, as I navigate the murky waters of what we know as the internet. Despite the fact that I’m not that familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh (I haven’t actually read any of his stuff besides what I’ve found incidentally), I love this quote. I know that there are sources that denounce it and tend to belittle the message he’s trying to relay. But I think there’s some depth to what he’s expressing. For years, I’ve made a point of telling people that studying the Buddha Dharma is a practice. It’s a way of life more than an organized religion. Just wanted to share this as some food for thought… ☯
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I’ve heard Buddhism called a philosophy as well, and that’s probably a better definition IF one has to slap a strict label on things. To be fair to the “religion” crowd though, for quite a few people, religion is more about “what happens when I die”, etc… as much as it is which god is the true one. A Buddha ascending off this blasted wheel probably sounds alot like godhood to the poorly informed as well.
I’m shocked you haven’t read Thich Nhat Hanh also. He’s an excellent communicator and has introduced alot of Westerners to Buddhism. Very sincere and relatable also, unlike the NorCal moral exhibitionist “Buddhists”.
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