Sister Chan Khong on Wanting to Be Beautiful

“I think that it is the nature of everyone to want to be beautiful. Everyone tries to be beautiful, even the tree, even the flower, even the leaf. We all try to be beautiful. Unfortunately, sometimes we try to be beautiful in our ugly way, and we make people suffer. We make people suffer — the people around us — and then you can see what the criterion for beauty is: that you have to be so other people can be together there with you in harmony, in peace, in joy.”

~ Sister Chan Khong of Plum Village (from my September 2013 interview with her)

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