When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted. If we find ways to cherish and develop our spiritual heritage, we will avoid the kind of alienation that is destroying society, and we will become whole again. … Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions, and this will benefit everyone.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
Opened my front door
to hear a young guy
share the gospel in his heart.
Was invited to attend
an upcoming ceremony
in remembrance of Jesus’ death.
I remarked how Jesus
seems alive in his compassionate faith.
He paused, then smiled
and gave me the flyer.
Before walking away
I mentioned that a local monastery
was celebrating Chinese New Year
with music, dances & food
in a downtown park,
suggesting that he check it out
for the cultural experience.
I admit having doubt he would attend
but gladly was wrong
as later I saw him there
enjoying the sights, sounds & an egg roll.
One of the young drummers
who came from China commented to me
how happy he is that many local people
came out for the event.
They had rehearsed for weeks.
It made him and his classmates
feel welcome in this rural town.
Experiencing openness & inclusiveness
on this sunshiny day
made me smile.