Sunday, October 01, 2006

We have great fear inside ourselves. We
are afraid of everything--of our death
of being alone, of change. Fear is born
from our concepts regarding life, death
being, and nonbeing. If we are able to
get rid of all these concepts by touching
the reality within ourselves, then nonfear
will be there and the greatest relief will
.become possible

So writes Thich Nhat Hanh, a world-renowned
Zen monk, poet, and peace activist who has
.been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Here are his healing insights about fear using
:the metaphor of the wave, from his book True Love
In the beginning we think that we have a beginning
and an end, a birth and a death, and we might
think that before our birth we were not there and
after our death we will not be there, and we get
.caught up in the concept of being and nonbeing

Let us look deeply at a wave in the ocean. It
lives its life of a wave, but it lives the life
of water at the same time. If the wave were able
to turn toward itself and touch its substance, which
.is water, then it would be able to attain nonfear

The wave does not have to search for water, because
.water is the very substance of the wave

Concepts such as birth and death, being and nonbeing
might in some sense be applied to waves. As far
as water is concerned, these qualifications cannot
describe the nature of water. When we speak of
birth, of death, of being and nonbeing, we are
talking in terms of phenomena (similar as a wave
.(is to an ocean

.In Buddhism, we call this the historic dimension
When we talk about waves, we are in the historical
dimension, but when we talk about water, we are
in the ultimate dimension in which we cannot speak
of birth and death, of being and nonbeing. The wave
might think that before its birth it was not there
and that after its death it will not be there, but
these are notions--concepts--that cannot be applied
.in the dimension of the ultimate

The Buddha declared the following: “There is no
world, but there is no birth and there is no death
there is no high and no low, no being and
nonbeing.” If that world is not there, how could
the world of birth and death, the world of being
?and nonbeing, be possible

l Adapted from True Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh l

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