Not far from Buddahood

A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: ‘Have you ever read the Christian Bible?’
‘No, read it to me,’ said Gasan.
The student opened the Bible and read from St Matthew:
‘And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.’
Gasan said: ‘Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man.’
The student continued reading:
‘Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto
you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.’
Gasan remarked: ‘That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.’
ZEN FLESH, ZEN BONES
Compiled by Paul Reps

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Report: Pakistani Christian Teen Beaten To Death By Muslim Classmates For Using Wrong Water Fountain | Daily Wire

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For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

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Marie Constantin, the photographer, and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives.

It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused on establishing her career and partying with friends when an image of Mother Teresa holding a starving person flashed across the t.v. screen with the words, “God didn’t do this; we do it because we do not share what we have”. Suddenly tears streamed down Constantin’s face. The very next day she found herself washing dishes in a soup kitchen run by Mother Teresa’s nuns in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was one photo of Mother Teresa on t.v. which catapulted her into volunteering with the sisters and opened the door to her calling…

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