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The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Themes

Nhat Hanh
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Themes

Everything is Impermanent

impermanence is a theme repeated many times throughout this book. Its premise is that all things, whether physical or non-physical, are temporary. Hanh uses most often the example of a wave in the ocean. The wave takes form only temporarily before it returns to non-form, and even though it existed for that moment, it has always been water. In the same way, we, as humans, have taken temporary form and exist for now in one state, but inevitably will transform into another. We and everything around us, are all part of the universal energy whatever form we might take temporarily. This analogy is also used as it pertains to everything from mountains to mental formations; all is ceaslessly in flux and constantly changing from form to formlessness, over and over again. Impermanance is the nature of the universe in which we live, and conscious awareness of...

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