1. "The historical dimension is not separate from the
ultimate dimension. We live in the historical dimension
and, at the same time, we are in touch with nirvana."
* historical dimension (wave): in the world of existence and
nonexistence, continuation and cessation, coming and
* ultimate dimension (water): nirvana, going beyond birth
2. "It is because we think things are permanent and have a
separate self that we have ideas about existence and
nonexistence, one and many, coming and going, birth and
death. By looking into impermanence and nonself we can
be in touch with nirvana."
* cause of historical dimension (wave): by thinking things
are permanent and have a separate self (ego)
* cause of ultimate dimension (water): by looking into
impermanence and nonself of all that is (ex. find out
what a wave is made of)
* nirvana: the extinction of all ideas and notions
* impermanence and nonself: ideas designed to help us go
beyond the ideas of permanence and self (so, ideas
about impermanence and nonself must be also
3. "The nature of imaginary construction views things as
permanent and having a self. In the light of
Interdependent Co-Arising (Interbeing), we see the
nature of things as impermanent and without self."
* cause of views that things are permanent and have a self:
imaginary constructed nature (by ego, or separate self)
* cause of views that things are impermanent and without
self: fulfilled nature, or Interbeing (by true self, or non-
4. "When we touch the wave, we touch the water. And
finally, when we touch impermanence, we touch nirvana.
That is why there is nothing for us to attain. There is
nothing to hold on to and nothing to release. Everything is
* wave, water, nirvana: already present (the same thing
from different angle by different subject)
5. "Everything has been nirvana from the nonbeginning.
So why do we have to grasp one thing and avoid
* historical dimension (wave): we usually try to hold onto
life and run away from death. we think there is
something to attain, something outside of ourselves.
* ultimate dimension (water): there is no beginning and no
end. everything is already here. the object we wish to
attain is already within us (already attained).
6. "The teaching of non-attainment is developed from the
teaching of aimlessness."
* Three Doors of Liberation
(1) Emptiness (Interbeing, Interdependent Co-Arising)
(2) Signlessness (formlessness)
(3) Aimlessness (non-attainment)
7. "Our afflictions are none other than enlightenment. It is
on the very ground of suffering, the ground of afflictions,
that we can contemplate enlightenment and well-being.
We can become a Buddha only by being in the world of
suffering and afflictions."
* No mud, no lotus!
"Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realizes it is water. When we realize we are not separate, but a part of the huge ocean of everything, we become enlightened." by Thích Nhất Hạnh
"Aimlessness means not setting an object or goal in front of you and running after it. That is exactly what everybody does. We want this, we want that, and as long as we haven’t got it we think happiness will be impossible. We must bring about a revolution in our thinking: we must stop. We must do as the flower does. The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else. The wave is already water. Does the wave have to go looking for water? No. It is the same for you. You have gone within you, so you do not have to look for God." by Thích Nhất Hạnh
Every matter and energy is enfolding Buddha nature or Divine nature, so everything can become Buddha or God by returning to true self (non-separate self, or Buddha nature, or Divine nature, or unconditional love and compassion) through mindfulness, concentration and insight. It's inside.
Please refer to my theory of "Human Mystery" (page 34 - 41). http://www.slideshare.net/compassion5151/human-mystery
(From Chapter 49 of "Understanding Our Mind" by Thích Nhất Hạnh)
Sunshine Coast, Queensland Photo by Peter Lik