No Mud, No Lotus

A new song in honor of one of Thích Nhất Hạnh's most profound teachings about suffering and happiness.

 

He says, “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. 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.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, from the book, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

Please note: If you'd like the song in a different key, let me know via email and I'll be happy to send it to you!

These sheet music downloads are freely offered, but if you're moved to offer a donation to support my work, please use the button below. Thank you!

Lead Sheets + Charts:

Lyrics:

No Mud, No Lotus

 

no mud, no lotus

no dark, no light

no winter, no springtime

no sorrow, no joy

 

no compost, no flowers

no tension, no ease

no dying, no transforming 

no clinging, no release

 

no darkness, no dawning

no falling, no rising

no sleeping, no awakening

no birthing, no life

 

no mud, no lotus

no rain, no rainbow

no stopping, no turning

no journey, no home

 

no mud, no lotus

no dark, no light

no winter, no springtime

no sorrow, no joy

Credits:

​Copyright 2014 Charity Kahn

Released as a single, Jan 27, 2021 

 

Lyrics + Music by Charity Kahn, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh
Vocals: Charity Kahn 
Guitar and Ukulele: Charity Kahn 
Strings: Daryn Roven
Engineering, mixing and production: Daryn and Charity

Coming soon!

Printables + Activities:

Videos + Dance Moves:

Coming soon!