“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear
Source: Without Fear | Great Middle Way
June 28, 2017
Revering and trusting in the Buddha, we will wear the armor of patient endurance.
We will cherish neither our bodies nor our lives, but care only for the unexcelled Way.
Repeatedly we will be driven out and exiled from our monasteries and stupas.
Remembering the words of the Buddha, we will endure all harms.
We will go everywhere to share the Dharma entrusted to us by the Buddha.
We are the messengers of the World-Honored One.
Facing multitudes without fear, we will teach His Dharma well.
—Lotus Sutra, Ch. 13