#4766 - Thursday, November 22,
2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
There is a morning inside you waiting to burst
open into light.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has
as a guide from beyond.
In Berg en Dal, Gelderland.
by John Devitt
from Nonduality Highlights on Facebook
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of
~ Joseph Campbell
What wisdom can you find that is greater than
via Tao & Zen on Facebook
In Engaged Buddhism, Peace Begins
By John Malkin
Thich Nhat Hanh, who originated Engaged
Buddhism, in an interview with John Malkin.
Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh was nominated
for the Nobel Peace Prize by
Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, after playing
a central role in the Vietnamese
John Malkin: Many people have the view that
happiness and enlightenment are
things that happen only in the future, and
that maybe only a few people are
capable of experiencing them. Enlightenment
can seem like a very unattainable
Thich Nhat Hanh: Happiness and enlightenment are
living things and they can
grow. It is possible to feed them every day. If
you don't feed your
enlightenment, your enlightenment will die. If you don't
feed your happiness,
your happiness will die. If you don't feed your love,
your love will die. If you
continue to feed your anger, your hatred, your
fear, they will grow. The Buddha
said that nothing can survive without food.
That applies to enlightenment, to
happiness, to sorrow, to suffering.
First of all, enlightenment is enlightenment
about something. Suppose you are
drinking some tea and you are aware that
you are drinking some tea. That kind
of mindfulness of drinking is a form of
enlightenment. There have been many
times that you've been drinking but you
didn't know it, because you are
absorbed in worries. So mindfulness of
drinking is already one kind of
If you can focus your mind on the act of
drinking, then happiness can come while
you have some tea. You are capable
of enjoying that tea in the here and now. But
if you don't know how to drink
your tea in mindfulness and concentration, you
are not really drinking tea.
You are drinking your sorrow, your fear, your
angerand happiness is not
Insight is also enlightenment. To be aware that
you are still alive, that you are
walking on this beautiful planetthat is a
form of enlightenment. That does not
come just by itself. You have to be
mindful in order to enjoy every step. And
again, you have to preserve that
enlightenment in order for happiness to
continue. If you walk like someone
who is running, happiness will stop.
Small enlightenments have to succeed each other.
And they have to be fed all the
time, in order for a great enlightenment to
be possible. So a moment of living in
mindfulness is already a moment of
enlightenment. If you train yourself to live in
such a way, happiness and
enlightenment will continue to grow.
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