“Do not go by oral tradition, by lineage of teaching, by hearsay, by a collection of texts, by logic, by inferential reasoning, by reasoned cognition, by the acceptance of a view after pondering it, by the seeming competence of a speaker, or because you think, ‘this . . . is our teacher.’ But when you know for yourselves, ‘these things are wholesome, these things are blameless; these things are praised by the wise; these things, if undertaken and practiced, lead to welfare and happiness,’ then you should engage in them.” —The Buddha
“Indeed, the sage who’s fully quenched
Rests at ease in every way;
No sense desire adheres to him or her
Whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel.
All attachments have been severed,
The heart’s been led away from pain;
Tranquil, he or she rests with utmost ease.
The mind has found its way to peace.”
I hope this finds you all warm and cozy and resting with utmost ease. This has been a winter that has given us lots of opportunities for practicing non-attachment to outcomes, views and to take refuge in ourselves…not letting anyone or anything outside of ourselves to determine our happiness!
Tonight we will have another opportunity to practice and be joyfully together. I hope that you will be able to be with us. We will be looking at another Sutra.
Thich Nhat Hanh will be offering a teaching tour of the US this coming summer and fall. He will be offering retreats and public talks in Vancouver, Colorado, California and New York. You can learn about all of these opportunities at tnhtour.org.
In the meantime, I hope you will be able to join us tonight and that we may all find our way to peace.
with much love and the deep joy of interbeing with all of you,
“The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life.
I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy;
I mean that if you are happy you will be good.” —Bertrand Russell