Quote of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh on Froglessness.

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on Mar 25, 2012
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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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15 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh on Froglessness.”

  1. Lorin says:

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

  2. Me too! Peace is Every Step is one of my favorite books to give as a gift.

  3. karlsaliter says:

    Love this post!

  4. Annie Ory says:

    How perfectly lovely.

  5. Debbi Weiss says:

    Excellent quote! Love Thich Nhat Hanh!

  6. Jill Barth says:

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

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  14. Matthew David Bade says:

    So beautiful and simple!

    Perhaps you will like my story: Yoga of Snake and Frog: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/03/yoga-of-sn

  15. Matthew David Bade says:

    So beautiful and simple!

    Perhaps you will like my story: Yoga of Snake and Frog: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/03/yoga-of-sn