Hooray, you achieved 2,000 Blissipoints!!  

You, my wonderful Blissifriend, are a SUPER STAR!

And even more wonderfully, you achieved this by practicing mindfulness, which means you got to experience how that is such a prize in itself!

So, to celebrate, here is a recording I made of little melody I created to set the words of a poem by Thich Nhat Hahn, known as Thay to his students.

Thay wrote this when he was visiting Korea, where he was welcomed as a great spiritual teacher and celebrity. He was asked to lead a walking meditation of thousands of people, with dozens of reporters flashing bright lights and trying to catch the perfect picture.  It was pretty chaotic!  In this midst of all this, he created this little mantra, to help himself ground and center and be present and calm:   "Let the Buddha breathe, let the Buddha walk."  And that grew into this poem.

The poem might seem like a Zen koan, which it is, more or less.  To understand it better, let me invite you to consider that the way Thay uses the name "Buddha" could be considered the same thing as your enlightened self, or your Inner Being, or Source Energy in you.  And as the poem progresses, the separation between Source and You and the Breathing and the Walking become less and less distinct, as we approach the beautiful truth of our InterBeing with all that is.

Or you can just enjoy it as a kind of Buddhist Dr. Seuss poem!

with love,

Mary



Let the Buddha Breathe

by Thich Nhat Hahn

Let the Buddha breathe,

Let the Buddha walk,

I don't need to breathe,

I don't need to walk.

The Buddha is breathing,

The Buddha is walking,

I enjoy the breathing,

I enjoy the walking.

The Buddha is the breathing,

The Buddha is the walking,

I am the breathing,

I am the walking.

There is only the breathing,

There is only the walking,

There is no one breathing,

There is no one walking.

Peace while breathing,

Peace while walking,

Peace is the breathing,

Peace is the walking.

Joy while breathing,

Joy while walking,

Joy is the breathing,

Joy is the walking.