20 Nov
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Buried Treasure

Now that I’m retired….I mean, now that I’m working full time on my self-directed, self-funded, multi-media, inner research project….I’ve been cleaning out my upstairs study to make room for the art books, post cards, tarot decks, maps, binders, notebooks, and all the other indispensable stuff I used to keep at my office, but now have to find a place for here.

And I came across a sweet little book I didn’t know I had, called Teachings of the Buddha, edited by Jack Kornfield. Since I had nothing better to do (remember, I’m a full-time Inner Researcher now), I opened the book at random and read:

Just as water flowing in the streams and rivers fills the ocean, thus may all your moments of goodness touch and benefit all beings, those here and now and those gone before.

May all your wishes be soon fulfilled as completely as the moon on a full-moon night, as successfully as from the Wish-Fulfilling Gem. May all dangers be averted; may all disease leave you.

May no obstacles come across your way and may you enjoy happiness and long life.

May those who are always respectful, honoring the way of the elders, prosper in the four blessings of old age, beauty, happiness, and strength.

(adapted from the Pattanumodana blessings chant)


And now I offer this blessing to you.

May it be so.

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