In memory of a Buddhist monk
Kindness is soft like water, and strong enough to carve mountains. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was an activist for peace in the midst of the Vietnam war in the 1960's, teaching and publishing and organizing youth groups to help rebuild war torn villages throughout his country, and internationally. His being was a being of peace. His activism was in the pure and steady quality of his presence, his unwavering dedication to a wisdom beyond war. He was a beautiful poet and, with his every step, a real change maker.
The world is alive with beauty, and his words help to open our hearts and see it. He writes to the living planet, a love letter, many love letters, his every breath a love letter until his dying day.
Dear Mother Earth,
Each morning when I wake up you offer me twenty-four brand new hours to cherish and enjoy your beauty. You gave birth to every miraculous form of life. Your children include the clear lake, the green pine, the pink cloud, the snowcapped mountain top, the fragrant forest, the white crane, the golden deer, the extraordinary caterpillar, and every brilliant mathematician, skilled artisan, and gifted architect. You are the greatest mathematician, the most accomplished artisan, and the most talented architect of all. The simple branch of cherry blossoms, the shell of a snail, and the wing of a bat all bear witness to this amazing truth. My deep wish is to live in such a way that I am awake to each of your wonders and nourished by your beauty.
Here are his Ten Love Letters to the Earth – Thich Nhat Hanh (emergencemagazine.org)
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