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New Hamlet Plum Village Image © Geoff Livingston | Thich Nhat Hanh Image © pixiduc

“I asked the leaf whether it was afraid to fall, since it was autumn and the other leaves were falling.

The leaf told me, ‘No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree. Please do not think that I am just this form, because this leaf form is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree. I know that I am already inside the tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree.

That is why I do not worry. As I drop from the branch and float down to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.'”

— Thích Nhất Hạnh
October 11, 1926 — January 22, 2022

Image Credits:
Thích Nhất Hạnh in Paris, 2006 | 22 October 2006 | Thích Nhất Hạnh Marche meditative 06 | © Duc (pixiduc); Paris, France
New Hamlet – Plum Village | 18 November 2009 | © Geoff Livingston

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