Sunday, September 24, 2006


photo by J.A.S.

"When we want to understand something, we cannot just stand outside and observe it. We have to enter deeply into it and be one with it in order to really understand. If we want to understand a person, we have to feel his feelings, suffer his sufferings, and enjoy his joy. The word 'comprehend' is made up of the Latin root cum, which means 'with,' and prehendre, which means 'to grasp it or pick it up.' To comprehend something means to pick it up and become one with it. There is no other way to understand something. In Buddhism, we call this kind of understanding 'non-duality.' Not two."
-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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