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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Suppose we return the sunshine to the sun. Do you think that this sheet of paper will be possible? Everything coexists with this sheet of paper.

And we see the wheat. As thin as his sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.

This sheet of paper, is because everything else is. Your mind is here and mind is also. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. 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. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either.


If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. Even we cannot thic without sunshine. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper is part of our perception.

You cannot just be interbeihg yourself alone.

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

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. Rina Patel August 14, Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it.

When we look in tihch way, we see that without nhzt of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist. In fact, nothing can grow. You have to inter-be. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper.


No, without sunshine nothing can be. That is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary.

interbeiing And if we return the logger to his mother, then we have no sheet of paper either. Rina Patel September 6, Rina Patel September 2, Comment.

Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. You have to inter-be with every other thing. Suppose we try to return one interbbeing the elements to its source.

What is Interbeing? (by Thich Nhat Hanh)

So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. 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.