rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dai An: Great Peace

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SO MANY MOMENTS of peace: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace Is Every Step.  If peace can’t be found “here” in every step, then no peace “there,” where we tend to look for it and try to draw it around ourselves.

With discipline, we are likely to look “here.”  Still, it can be so psychological—inside, “little peace.”  The peace of waking up, perhaps staying under the covers, an emotional response of inner calmness, and then, perhaps, non-peace, so that peace fades or even leaps away.  Then we diligently recover peace, but then stand to lose it again.  And so, back and forth, back and forth, trying to be mindful of peace.

If we are the sun, then great peace, even in disarray.  When there is no “you,” and when there is no here and there, then great flowing, permeating peace, so no longer peace and non-peace.

In reality, an enduring “you” cannot be found, and yet, an enduring essence is unhidden and natural.  

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