You don’t need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so. It’s not too difficult. Just breathe in and bring your mind back to your body. That is the practice of mindfulness.
When we breathe peacefully, the peace of our breath will penetrate into our body and into our mind. Then very soon, in no time at all, body, mind, and breath will become one in concentration, and we get the energy of stability, solidity, and freedom generated by every step we make. “I have arrived. I am home.” That is not a statement. That is a practice, and you will know whether you have arrived or not in the here and the now. You don’t need another person to tell you.
The address of the pure land, the address of the kingdom of God, the address of peace and brotherhood is here and now. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
With your support, dear friend
I am able to come face-to-face
with the reality of existence.
Sitting quietly together with what is,
sharing deeply our inner truths.
Beautiful conditions of happiness,
refreshing thoughts of kindness
towards myself and all others.
With your example, dear teachers
I can live mindfully every day
walking in the pure land,
in the kingdom, confidently,
with gentle steps which heal me
and intend to heal the earth.
100 years from now
may our peaceful steps
taken together as friends on the path
be reborn as wonder and amazement
in descendants’ consciousness, hearts and bones.
Spring Morning on Zen Mountain
At dawn fog caresses the mountain
and flows into the valley below.
Amorous birds twitter among the trees.
Floorboards creak as we step to our cushions.
The sound of a bell penetrates the cosmos.
Voices blend in a morning chant,
as the sun of wisdom is rising.
The fog will lift soon enough.