Thich Nhat Hanh: "in my tradition we are taught to look at a tree or something like that for a long time. At first you don't know what use it is to look at a tree like that. You have to look until you can truly see it. And one day the tree reveals itself to you as a very substantial, real identity. It is not that you have a new tree or that the weather is better so that you can see the tree clearly, but something in oneself has changed so there is a new kind of relationship between you and the tree . . . So, a kind of wonderment arises. When I think of the relationship between human beings, it's like that . . .You have to be with him and be with him a lot, and with a kind of open attitude, a kind of continuous self-transformation in you before such a relationship is possible, is fully realized . . . I think that the encounter between humanity and God, the encounter between humanity and Buddhahood, reality, absolute reality, must be realized in the same way."
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