"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival."
Reflections on Rumi
Last Saturday nine of us (yes, nine!) got together online to chant, read, sing, and share our thoughts and reflections (as well as a few laughs). Nate set us sailing into our second seated meditation with a reading of a delightfully deep poem called The Guest House, by 13th-Century poet Jallaludin Rumi. (See below.)
Later, when we were discussing foreign terms in The Heart Sutra, Jayson reminded us that Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a short book explaining the essence of the seemingly contradictory sutra using his signature plain-yet-poetic style.
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is available for free online (just google the title and you will find a copy). Note: It's well worth the read, especially Hanh's explanation of the word "empty." It makes reading the sutra that much more meaningful.
The Guest House by Jallaludin Rumi
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
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