“When a painful emotion comes up, stop whatever you’re doing and take care of it. Pay attention to what is happening. The practice is simple. Lie down, put your hand on your belly, and begin to breathe. Or you may sit on a cushion or on a chair. Stop thinking, and bring your mind down to the level of the navel.”Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus
On October 1-4, 2021, twenty-five monastics and fourteen lay friends received Lamp Transmission to become Dharma teachers at Deer Park Monastery. As part of their ordination, each new Dharma teacher receives a transmission gatha from the senior Dharma teachers and the lineage of ancestral teachers. We asked the new lay Dharma teachers for their reflections on their gathas.