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Power to hope, power to heal

Power to hope, power to heal

The word 'HOPE' superimposed in front of a sunrise.
Photo by Charlotte

Peace happens
breath by breath
moment to moment,
day by day
born of the tiniest actions
which spread in compassionate ripples
become waves of loving kindness
washing across the face of our fragile planet,
cleansing humanity
of its anger, greed, violence,
delusion and hate.

Never underestimate
the power of a smile
or a kind word
on a cloudy day,
or the simple moment
it takes to recognize
another’s hurt or pain,
the infinite power
of simply caring
for another fellow being
with whom we share so much,
for, despite our differences,
the roads we travel
are all the same.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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