The Passing ~ Compassion is a Verb

My actions are my only true belongings.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Understanding Our Mind: 50 Verses on Buddhist Psychology

Through Thích Nhất Hạnh I learned about Engaged Buddhism.

Today, he is slowly passing.

Summer in Tofino
Summer in Tofino

Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging
.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Oh, if I only could…but my veins burn with fire and I cannot ignore what’s outside this tea cup…

Mt Blackcomb
Mt Blackcomb

You are not an observer, you are a participant.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace

Help me to be where I am most needed…

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