Thanks to Vicki Pollard for sharing these words of Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear friends in Japan,
As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this
tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or
manner, also have died.
The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of
humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body.
What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.
An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our
lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each
other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have
that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have
died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in
Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our
brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the
energy of peace, healing and protection. Our prayers are with you.
Thich Nhat Hanh