The Universe in a Speck of Dust


a speck of dust or as huge as a mountain

The sage enters samadhi,and he or she does not know there is an “outside world” to keep out or an “inside world” to penetrate. The world revels itself, even when the eyes are closed.The world is neither inner nor outer. It is vital and complete in any object of contemplation-the breath, the tip of the nose, a kung-an, or anything else as tiny as a speck of dust or as huge as a mountain. Whatever the object, it is not fragmented from ultimate reality. In fact, it contains the vast totality of reality.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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