Our ancestors are their in every cell of our body.
There are seeds that are planted during your lifetime, but there are also seeds that were planted before you manifested as this body.
We have inherited a lot. Perhaps in the past we've noticed ourselves doing something unintentional, something we may have inherited...
That action may have been inspired by something that happened yesterday, or it may be three hundred years old and has its roots in one of our ancestors.
We are practicing for all our ancestors and descendants, not just for ourselves; we are practicing for the whole world.
Thinh Nhat Hanh