“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.
“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…
“You are not an observer, you are a participant.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace
Help me to be where I am most needed…