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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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 nat the cloud and the paper inter-are. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. In fact, nothing can grow.

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Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are.

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. And we see the wheat. We know the logger cannot exist without his nhag bread, and therefore the wheat that became nhah bread is also in this sheet of paper. When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist. Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part thcih our perception.

Your mind is here and mind is also. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper.

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. Everything coexists with this sheet interbding paper.

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What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh)

That is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be. You have to inter-be with every other thing.

What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh) — Rina G. Patel

This sheet of paper, is because everything else is. Suppose we try to return one of the elements to its source. Suppose we return the sunshine to the sun. Do you think that this sheet of paper will be possible?

No, without sunshine thicb can be. And if we return the logger to his mother, then we have no sheet of paper either.

As thin as his sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it. Rina Patel September 2, Comment. Rina Patel September 6, Rina Patel August 14,