the rose have to do something? No, the purpose of a rose is to be a
rose. Your purpose is to be yourself. You don't have to run anywhere to
become someone else. You are wonderful just the way you are. This
teaching of the Buddha allows us to enjoy ourselves, the blue sky, and
everything that is refreshing and healing in the present moment. We
already have everything we are looking for, everything we want to
become. We are already a Buddha so why not just take the hand of another
Buddha and practice walking meditation? Just be. Just being in the
moment in this place is the deepest practice of meditation. The Heart
Sutra says that there is "nothing to attain." We meditate not to attain
enlightenment, because enlightenment is already in us. We don't need to
search anywhere. We don't need to practice to obtain some high position.
We can enjoy every moment. People talk about entering nirvana, but we
are already there. Aimlessness and nirvana are one. We have everything
we need to make the present moment the happiest in our life, even if we
have a cold or a headache. We don't have to wait until we get over our
cold to be happy. Having a cold is part of life. I am happy in the
present moment. I do not ask for anything else. I do not expect any
additional happiness. Aimlessness is stopping and realizing the
happiness that is already available.
Thich Nhat Hanh
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'
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