From ‘The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching’, by Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Kumano Kodō (熊野古道 ), Wakayama (和歌山県), Japan

“Many people are awakened during a difficult period in their lives, when they see that living irresponsibly has been the cause of their suffering, and that by transforming their lifestyle they can bring an end to their suffering. Transformation is gradual, but once we see clearly the causes of our suffering, we can make the effort to change our behaviour and bring our suffering to an end. […]

The Buddha advised us to identify the kinds of nutriments that have been feeding our pain and then simply to stop ingesting them. We do our best, and we ask our brothers and sisters to help us. We can’t expect our difficulties to go away by themselves. We have to do certain things and not do other things. The moment we resolve to stop feeding our suffering, a path appears in front of us”

From ‘The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching’, by Thich Nhat Hanh

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