About Shrines & Buddha

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Over ten years ago, one of my disciples in Vietnam had a stupa – a Buddhist shrine – built for my ashes. I told her that I didn’t need a stupa for my ashes. I don’t want to be stuck in a stupa. I want to be everywhere.“But,” she protested, “it’s already built!”“In that case,” I said, “you’ll have to put an inscription on the front, saying, ‘I am not in here.’” It’s true. I won’t be there in the stupa. Even if my body is cremated and the ashes are put in there, they aren’t me. I won’t be in there. Why would I want to be in there when outside it is so beautiful? But in case some people misunderstand, I told her they might need to add another inscription, saying, “I am not out there either.” People won’t find me inside or outside the stupa. Yet they may still misunderstand. So there may need to be a third inscription that reads, “If I am to be found anywhere, it is in your peaceful way of breathing and walking.” That is my continuation. Even though we may never have met in person, if, when you breathe in, you find peace in your breathing, I am there with you.– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The Art of Living”#ThichNhatHanhgems #ThichNhatHanh#Mindfulness & #Awakening—Image: © Michael Volpicelli

So, have you heard? There is a movement to declare TNH a living Buddha. Is that so? Of course. He would say, We are all Buddha.

From Other souls

Psyche’s Call by Donna May

“A real story touches not only the mind but also the imagination and the unconscious depths in a person, and it may remain with him or her through many years, coming to the surface of consciousness now and then to yield new insights.” ~Helen M. Luke, The Way of Woman

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Letting Go

“Do everything with a mind that lets go. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end…” ~Ajahn Chah


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So Beautiful

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The Four Reliances

First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.

~ Traditional Buddhist teaching ~Tao