The Dalai Lama's Nobel Prize LectureWhat place will hermitage be in? What space will practice and service occupy? Questions for an idle mind. So it is mine is.
In conclusion, let me share with you a short prayer which gives me great inspiration and determination:
For as long as space endures,
and for as long as living beings remain,
until then may I, too, abide
to dispel the misery of the world.
(--The Dalai Lama, "Nobel Peace Prize Lecture," in The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness, edited by Sidney Piburn)
One, two, three. With so much disparity about, I'm fo(u)r union.
The four seasons don’t ever stop to restWhen there is no where to go, where is there to return from?
The years come and the years go
The ten thousand things
Succeed themselves endlessly
But the universe itself does not die or decay
The east is bright and the west is dark
Flowers fall and flowers bloom again
Only the travelers to the Yellow Springs
Go shrouded in mystery and don’t return
It's beyond me.
So, I'll sit dawn.
As soon as it and angels arrive!