Yesterday marked the 91st birthday of the spiritualist, Thich Nhat Hahn (“Thay”), which his followers call Continuation Day (what a lovely term!). Since discovering the writings of Thay during a trip to Ho Chi Minh City last year, my partner and I have been studying his work.  Yesterday, I searched for something significant that Thay had wrote, that I painstakingly write in my notebook from Vietnam, and here is one that I would like to share with you:

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
Thich Nhat Hanh

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