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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That is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary. Rina Patel September 6, This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part of our perception. We know the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. No, without sunshine nothing can be.

Do you think that this sheet of paper will be possible? If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, interbeinh trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper.


If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. Everything coexists with this sheet of paper.

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

And if we thkch the logger to his mother, then we have no sheet of paper either. Suppose we try to return one of the elements to its source. You have to inter-be.

Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. As thin as his sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it. Suppose we return the sunshine to the sun.

The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. Your mind is here and mind is also. You cannot just be by yourself alone.

What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh)

Rina Patel August 14, And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the nhzt to be transformed into paper. Rina Patel September imterbeing, Comment. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. You have to inter-be with every other thing. In fact, nothing can grow.


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. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. This sheet of paper, is because everything nhaf is.

And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper.

Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And we see the wheat.

When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist.

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