Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wisdom ...


"When Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh was invited to the San Francisco 
Zen Center, the students asked him what they could do to improve their 
practice. He had entered a monastery at age sixteen, was an ordained 
monk, and had endured the horrors of the war in Vietnam. I imagine they 
expected some rigorous prescription for deepening their spiritual life. 

"Thich Nhat Han's response: 'You guys get up too early for one thing; you 
should get up a little later. And your practice is too grim. I have just two 
instructions for you. One is to breathe, and one is to smile.'" 

- from *True Refuge*, by Tara Brach.