Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
He's been a Buddhist monk for more than 60 years, as well as a teacher, writer, and vocal opponent of war—a stance that left him exiled from his native Vietnam for four decades.
Now the man Martin Luther King Jr. called "an apostle of peace and nonviolence" reflects on the beauty of the present moment, being grateful for every breath, and the freedom and happiness to be found in a simple cup of tea.
"The moment I meet Thich Nhat Hanh at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan, I feel his sense of calm. A deeply tranquil presence seems to surround the Zen Buddhist master." --Oprah Winfrey
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
If you are a poet,
you will see clearly that there is a cloud
floating in this sheet of paper.
Without a cloud there will be no water;
without water the trees cannot grow;
and without trees,
you cannot make paper.
So the cloud is in here.
The existence of this page is dependent
on the existence of a cloud.
Paper and cloud are so close.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Excerpted from "What Love Is" --by Ayya Khema (As provided by One Dharma Nashville via Tricycle Magazine
This wonderful article was provided by One Dharma Nashville. Thanks to One Dharma for providing this wonderful teaching via Tricycle Magazine! --ACOF Administration
Most people are under the impression that they can think out their lives. But that's a misconception. We are subject to our emotions and think in ways based on our emotions. So it's extremely important to do something about our emotions. In the same way as the Buddha gave us the Four Supreme Efforts for the mind, he also outlined the Four Emotions for the heart: (metta), compassion (karuna), joy with others (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha)-are called the "divine abodes." When we have perfected these four, we have heaven on earth, paradise in our own heart.