To see a fully awakened person, a Buddha, is so rare that it is like seeing an udumbara flower. In the Tu Hieu Monastery in Hue, there is a scroll which says: “The udumbara flower, although fallen from the stem, is still fragrant.” Just as the fragrance of the udumbara flower cannot be destroyed, our capacity for enlightenment is always present. The Buddha taught that everyone is a Buddha, everyone is an udumbara flower.
Thich Nhat Hanh
from the book Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
Read a random quote or see all quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh.