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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Illuminate

From "No Death, No Fear:"

This body is not me; I am not caught in this body
I am life without boundaries,
I have never been born and I have never died.
Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies
All manifests from the basis of consciousness.
Since beginningless time I have always been free.
Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek.
So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye.
Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before.
We shall always be meeting again at the true source,
Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.


--Thich Nhat Hanh

3 comments:

Katie said...

I have a friend who has recommended Thich Nhat Hahn many times to me. I really have to read him. What would you recommend, Katrina?

Clifford Garstang said...

I'm looking forward to Kat's answer to the question, but one that I can recommend is Living Buddha, Living Christ.

I saw today that he is returning to Vietnam this year for the first time since the U.S. backed South Vietnamese regime forced him into exile. This is an important step forward in that beautiful country.

katrina said...

Hi Katie and Cliff!

I agree with Cliff, "Living Buddha, Living Christ," is one I'd recommend...in fact I gave it to my eldest son a couple of years ago.
I'm reading "No Death, No Fear," which is amazing. The book deals with the notion that death is not real and therefore those who are afraid of death are essentially afraid of a dream--not reality. He uses a piece of paper as an example--from a tree to paper, then lit on fire, the form of the paper is changed to smoke and then becomes part of the atmosphere. His point: things evolve and transform rather than are born and die. Of course, he words this concept so much more eloquently than I. And it is a concept that I have not been able to fully integrate as yet--although I'm getting there.

I appreciate his gentle way of inviting people to perceive things differently.

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