I love the magazine and the articles always feed my meditation practice. I have plans to find a center in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition and hopefully stay on the path and deepen my practice. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your generosity by giving us these free subscriptions. I always give my copy to other Buddhists on the compound and then it ends up in the library so future followers may also enjoy your wonderful magazine and develop and deepen their practice as it has done for me. I thank you and send all my blessings.
Zephyrhills Correctional Institution, Florida
Dear Thay and dear Sangha,
Thank you for publishing your lifeline to Buddhist practice. The minute I take it from my mailbox I am awakened with joy! In the Autumn 2012 issue, you published a beautiful article by Eveline Beumkes about Sister Chan Khong. Included was an explanation of a “hugging meditation,” which inspired me to begin two more meditations. One is the “bus meditation.” As I enter the bus I breathe in, recognizing the Buddha nature of driver and all passengers. Then I breathe out, sending them respect and love. I continue this on the ride; it completely relaxes the judgment and sadness that enter my mind otherwise. Recently I have had to visit quite a few hospitals to see relatives and friends, and doctors’ ofﬁces and labs for my own health. I began to do a “hospital meditation” in them while I entered, rode elevators, walked corridors, or sat in waiting rooms. I breathe in, taking on the fear and pain. As I breathe out, I send every being in my path a white light of healing and peace. There is no room for sadness in my heart as I do this practice over and over. I am so grateful to Thay for this, and for his many years of teaching and practice.
San Diego, California
I just want you to know what a wonderful, nourishing gift the latest issue has been for me. When it arrived last week, I thought, “Oh! They sent me a copy of the lastissue. Darn!” Of course, on a closer look, I saw that the articles and pictures of Plum Village were for an entirely new issue! Here’s the good part. As I looked at the pictures and articles, and enjoyed my breath, I had this wonderful experience of actually being transported to Plum Village again, and being in touch with the energies of the wonderful “Science and the Buddha” retreat last summer. As I told my buddy and Sangha cohort Dat, I feel as if Plum Village is my spiritual home. When I’ve needed, I have been able to visualize myself walking to the Upper Hamlet Meditation Hall, and the energy of all that is PV is instantly available and I feel peace.
A Lotus and a Big Smile to You,
Bayard Walker, Immeasurable Treasure of the Heart
From the Land of Hurricane Sandy