From “The Heart of Understanding” by Thích Nhất Hạnh:
“What is the date on which you were born, your birth date? Before that date, did you already exist? Were you already there before you were born? Let me help you. To be born means from nothing you become something. My question is, before you were born, were you already there?”
“So, your so-called birthday is really your Continuation Day.”
This teaching asks us to look at how we consider ourselves as individuals. We exist in a cosmos of interbeing.