In this morning’s meditation service, Thay Kozen quoted a song by Ysaye Barnwell.
“Listen more often to things than to beings
Listen more often to things than to beings”
This sounds very reminiscent of Thich Nhat Hanh’s
“Please do not build a stupa for me. Please do not put my ashes in a vase, lock me inside and limit who I am. I know this will be difficult for some of you. If you must build a stupa though, please make sure that you put a sign on it that says, ‘I am not in here.’ In addition, you can also put another sign that says, ‘I am not out there either,’ and a third sign that says, ‘If I am anywhere, it is in your mindful breathing and in your peaceful steps.’”