[ By Thich Nhat Hanh ]
If you know how to look deeply
into Shakyamuni Buddha
you will see the Buddha of the cosmos
everywhere at anytime.
He is not limited to time and space
because there are many manifested bodies
of Shakyamuni in the world
for you to see, to teach, to touch
and to learn from.
If you know how to listen,
the sound of the wind
can be the teaching
about the Four Noble Truths.
If you know how to listen to the birds,
The sounds of the birds can be
The teaching of the Noble Eightfold path.
If you know how to contemplate
The sunflowers can reveal the
Buddha – land to you.
If you know how to look,
how to touch deeply,
you will become birthless and deathless.
Because that is the nature of everything.
You are in everything else,
everything else is in you.
Birth and death are just notions
That scare us,
And if you are able to remove the notions,
You get the gift of non-fear
And only with non – fear can true happiness be possible.