The Teacher was asked repeatedly,
‘What is it to live in Awareness?’
Finally, reluctantly she spoke,
For she observed,
Few were willing
To relinquish their cherishing
Of the conditions for suffering.
With a sigh she began.
“Project not Outwardly
Contract not Inwardly
Hold onto nothing
How will we speak to others? One asked.
“Back not your opinions,
Let silence move your heart to speak.”
What will I do with my life? Enquired another.
“Rely not on this character,
Trust the vast nobody lying behind you.”
Must my uniqueness die? Asked the cook.
“Be entertained by your ideas,
Let stillness light your way.”
She asked for tea and remained silent for another whole year.
(Excerpt from Bhutan, 2216….)
– Kieran Patrick Riordan
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