No Mud, No Lotus.
The Art of Transforming Suffering
by Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Without suffering, there’s no happiness.
So we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud.
We have to learn how to embrace and cradle
our own suffering and the suffering of the world,
with a lot of tenderness.”
“Most people are afraid of suffering.
But suffering is a kind of mud
to help the lotus flower of happiness grow.
There can be no lotus flower without the mud.”
“The art of happiness is also the art of suffering well.”