By Craig Cowden on
In October 2022, we lost a great friend, mentor, and highly esteemed Dharma teacher, David Hughes. This poem was written in memoriam of the great heart that he gave to Sanghas from Maine to Colorado.
Lore of Eyes of Compassion Sangha includes a humble man arriving one evening revealing a half smile emanating from a deep-well heart. Twenty members, as was tradition, were silently meditating to the heartbeat of a choir’s practice rising up from church rooms below. Many recall welcoming David, an obviously deep practitioner, who carefully listened to Dharma before sharing from his heart. Coloradans soon learned David did not manifest from thin air, but was grafted from a sister Sangha deep in the heart of Maine. David left his beloved high seas following his heart and daughters to a home in the Rocky mountains becoming our Dharma Bodhisattva. From visitor to enlightened layman to receiving the lamp of ordination as Thích Nhất Hạnh’s continuation, David taught with all his heart. Medical annals may record a cardiac arrest—a failed heart. But no, NO! It did not fail him! He lived with a heroic heart.