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Froglessness

By Thich Nhat Hanh

~

The first fruition of the practice is

the attainment of froglessness.

When a frog is put

on the center of a plate,

she will jump out of the plate

after just a few seconds.

If you put the frog back again

on the center of the plate,

she will again jump out.

You have so many plans.

There is something you want to become.

Therefore you always want to make a leap,

a leap forward.

It is difficult to keep the frog still

on the center of the plate.

You and I both have Buddha Nature in us.

This is encouraging, but you and I

both have Frog Nature in us.

That is why

the first attainment of the practice—

froglessness is its name.

~

 

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anonymous Mar 26, 2012 7:13am

Just right, thanks.
Frogs are starting to pop around here in the Midwest US. Warm weather…

anonymous Mar 25, 2012 5:54pm

Excellent quote! Love Thich Nhat Hanh!

anonymous Mar 25, 2012 12:41pm

How perfectly lovely.

anonymous Mar 25, 2012 9:24am

Love this post!

anonymous Mar 25, 2012 8:07am

If I loved Thich Nhat Hanh any more, I'm sure I would be in violation of some law. 🙂