Our True Heritage
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look of your beloved.
You, the richest person on Earth,
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. His lifelong efforts toward peace, particularly during the war in Vietnam, inspired Martin Luther King Jr to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He lives in exile in a small community, Plum Village, in France where he teaches, writes, gardens, and works to help refugees worldwide.