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"OUR BODIES ARE AS SACRED AS OUR MINDS..." THICH NHAT HANH

"The human body
 is beautiful and sexuality can be something beautiful and spiritual. Without sexuality, a Buddha cannot come into the world. We can't separate mind from body; our bodies are as sacred as our minds. That's why when we look at the body as an item of consumption, an object of desire, we haven't truly seen the body. Our body should be treated with utmost respect. When we touch someone else's body, we touch their mind and their soul.
The Buddha taught
 that the human being is made of five elements: body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness. These five elements rely on each other in order to manifest. Consciousness is not something that can manifest without the body. That is why the insight that body and spirit are one is very important. When you respect someone, you respect his/her body, not only his/her feelings, perceptions, and consciousness. 
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[Extract above, quoted from the book,
ANSWERS FROM THE HEART,
by
THICH NHAT HANH]
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GOLDY HERMITAGE
20/MARCH/2017
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