Tag - Echoes of Silence

Silent dock on the water - Journey to Silence

A Journey to Silence

A kind of knowing we call wisdom, or insight, or realization, comes easily into the mind when it becomes still and falls into Silence. When it gives up trying to understand, when it stops creating and projecting pictures and ideas and concepts onto...

Hymn to Silence - Monk walking on path silent

Hymn to Silence and Surrender

There are not many truths, there is one truth, and that truth is Silence. All truths come from Silence. All truths exist as Silence. All truths return to Silence. So there is only one truth, and it is Silence. Silence is behind every holy thought...

Monk practicing silence at sunset - Spectacle of silence

Spectacle of Silence

I once witnessed a spectacle of Silence in the Berkeley Community Theater. Every one of the 3,491 seats was occupied. On stage sat Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. Next to him sat a young woman. The monk spoke about mindfulness, about...

Woman on beach listening

Deep Listening

I want to talk about awakening. I want to talk about the kind of awakening that is all around us, that doesn’t require any special effort or activity, the kind of awakening that exists as the inner truth of all living things…of all...

Friends watching the sunset

Just Friends

Have you ever said, or been told, “Let’s just be friends”? This phrase carries some implicit disappointment, as though the blind date you had pinned all your hopes on turns out to be a cousin. While we may enjoy the evening, we...

Sign showing Anxiety vs Serenity

Anxiety

This statement is usually spoken within minutes by almost everyone who calls me. I can hear it in their voice. The words gather momentum as they speak and sentences soon collide with each other. Their breathing is more like panting, as though they...

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