I once went with a friend to see Thich Nhat Hanh when he came to my town. From a distance, I was proud to see the man who had already transformed my life with his teachings.
There are many that have not seen him personally. Fortunately, we are now bestowed with his wise teachings that have been preserved in his writings. Beautiful words never die. They are living things. They have the power to reach inside and transform us.
Thank you Thay, for teaching us there are many paths to understanding. Thank you for being patient with the narrow thoughts of our upbringing. Thank you for loosening the chains of our religions and former concepts. Thank you for not criticizing us, but rather gently leading us to a larger, more beautiful and inclusive paradise that we couldn’t see before.
That paradise has always been within our grasp. It is here. It is now. It has always been here. Thank you for asking us to open our eyes.