Thich Nhat Hanh

Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds.
Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.

Let us be aware of the source of being,
common to us all and to all living things.

Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion,
let us fill our hearts with our own compassion—
towards ourselves and towards all living beings.

Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be
the cause of suffering to each other.

With humility, with awareness of the existence of life,
and of the suffering that are going on around us,
let us practice the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.

— Thich Nhat Hanh – in Singing The Living Tradition – #505

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Let us practice the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth

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  1. Skin-Deep Miracle

    Falsehood versus Falsehood
    Like a fish caught in a baited hook
    While swimming in a brook
    Damn as if you didn’t know
    Death dictatorial now or morrow
    Like a flower withered and be no more
    Spectacular such a feature
    Bloody stupid human features
    Right to human beings
    Irrespective of fools or kings
    Weak rather than strong
    Vulnerability all along
    Beggars as well as queens
    Under a terrible grip of death unseen
    Damn physical body appalling
    A sheer agony not a whit mis-spelling
    Out of tune on and on
    Nothwithstanding push you yourself on
    Physical beauty conditional
    What the hell stain-deep miracle
    Unabiding features telling
    A GRAVE-DIGGER derides death-prone creatures impending
    Such physical beauty on and on dwindles
    Whereby become senile infirm etc and so on mingle
    Meanwhile awfully decline
    Aye an aging life in clear outline
    Whereas covered damsel once sweet seventeen
    OTHER-GUESS is now seen

    Aye Maunng

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