Poem of the Sister Hôi Nghiêm

There are times when I would like you to suffer, 
for fear that, if not, you can limit yourself to travel, indifferent.

There are times when I would like you to make mistakes, 
so that your heart is more welcoming and compassionate.

There are times when I would like you to have the experience of change, 
for fear that you may become inflexible.

There are times when I would like you to be silent and quiet, 
so that you have depth when you laugh or talk.

There are times when I would like you to wait a long time, 
so you know what patience is.

There are times when I would like you to fail, 
for fear that you may become arrogant.

There are times when I would like you to be lazy, 
for fear that you get mad from stress.

There are times when I would like you to sing, 
so that you can appease the deep grief that can not be named.

There are times when I would like you to take pity on yourself, 
so that you learn to return to you and take care of yourself.

There are times when I would like you to fall ill, 
for fear that you do not know how to have empathy for others.

There are times when I would like you to suffer a storm, 
to strengthen the fraternity of your brothers and sisters.

There are times when I would like you to close your eyes, 
so that your spirit is as simple as that of a child.

There are times when I would like you to be innocent, 
for fear that you will suffer a lot.

Thay’s Poem

Promise 
me , promise me today, 
promise me now, 
with the sun at the top 
right at the zenith, 
promise me: 
even if you are overcome 
with a mountain of violence and hatred, 
even if they step on you and crush you 
like a worm, 
even if they break you and disembowel, 
you will remember, brother, you will 
remember 
that man is not our enemy.

The only thing worthy of you is compassion: 
invincible, unlimited, unconditional. 
Hate will never let you face the beast in man.

And one day, when you face this beast alone, 
with your courage intact, your eyes calm, 
full of kindness, (although no one can see them), 
your smile 
will be born a flower.

And those who love 
you will be contemplating 
you through ten thousand worlds of birth and death.

Alone again, I will 
walk with my head bowed 
knowing that love is now eternal. 
On the long and hard road, 
the sun and the moon 
will continue to shine.

Must-Try Weekend Activities: Meditation and Cooking Smoked Dishes

You woke up on Saturday morning, still tired from a very long and exhausting week. You do not want to go out to any party or dinner outside this weekend. All you want is to recharge yourself and spend some quality time with your family. It is a quite common scenario in many of our lives. We just don’t feel like doing stuff like reading, playing guitar, travel or any such thing on those weekends. There are no urgent works that have to be done as well. It is just you and the family. There are two must-try activities which will not only recharge you but also allow you to spend quality time with your loved one Let’s discuss them one by one.

Meditation: Start the day with meditation. It is actually better if you could do it seven days a week, but still, it is a good thing for you to do it at the weekends. Meditation has so many benefits that it will recharge you afresh. You will more calm, particularly after working for all weekend. It gives you a greater sense of self-awareness, you will feel the inner peace and feel your emotions relaxing and stress going out Meditation also increases mental clarity and focus. The very important Emotional Intelligence, which is the true key to empathy and understanding yourself and others, increases by meditation. These are some of the benefits. Doing it on a weekend where you do not have any work will help you a lot. There are many types of meditation and checking all the stuff in net might have your head spinning, but stick to a normal routine like mindful meditation, that would be just fine.

Cooking Smoked Dishes: Do you have a smoker at home? Do you love to cook? If the answers of both the questions are yes, then you have fun little weekend activity: cooking smoked dishes. It is a fun activity to spend quality time with family. And of course for having great food without the need of stepping out of the house You must have many good smoked recipes, but for repetition’s sake, let us go through some of the basic details of this weekend activity: cooking or should we say smoking. There are many types of meat you can smoke Chicken, turkey, salmon, pork, beef, and others. Chicken wings, whole chicken are the very popular amount of chicken dishes. Apple-wood smoked turkey, meatloaf, lamb shoulder chops, chuck roast, smoked pork butt, smoked salmon, flank steak the list is all most endless. If you have a smoker at home, there are a couple of smoker accessories you should have for this weekend. To measure the exact temperature as per your smoked recipe you need a wireless meat thermometer Next, you need extreme heat resistance gloves which can withstand up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. A chimney is a must, then MCI grill steel brushes are needed with bear claws. And to rotate the meat pieces grilling tongs are needed. Aim to get positive feedback about your smoked dish.

Conclusion: Do any of the two or both the activities, you will have a great weekend and will be supercharged. Enjoy.