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5-31-20

In this talk at the Tampa Center, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner explains Applied Buddhism through the compassionate eyes of Thich Nhat Hanh and other Bodhisattvas's wonderful poems and verses written during times of great suffering. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his poem, A Prayer for Peace;

 

"Help us remember we are just one family...

Help us rekindle our compassion and brotherhood,

and transform our separate interests

into loving acceptance for all.

 

May your compassion help us overcome our hatred.

May Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva’s love

help the flowers bloom again in the soil of our country.

Humbly, we open our hearts to you,

so you may help us transform our karma and water the flowers of our spirits...

 

I am determined to cultivate only thoughts

that increase trust and love, t

o use my hands to perform only deeds

that build community,

to speak only words of harmony and aid."

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