In the Footsteps of My Teacher

By Tran Kinh Tam An mb40-InTheFootsteps1

Sitting at the feet of my Teacher Seeing the rose held in two hands Visualizing the cosmos in the rose I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

My Teacher speaks about transformation All is in me; realization is the goal Transform garbage and suffering into beauty and Nirvana I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Moon shining light on pitfalls on the path Moon casting shadows to the left and then to the right Moon, the Sangha guiding my steps on the path I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Standing in awe on the hilltop Gazing at the twinkling city lights below With a calm, peaceful heart and mind I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Sitting, calm and smiling Peacefully concentrating on nature around me My teacher turns and quietly watches me I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Gently picking up an insect crawling on my leg Gently putting him down in the grass Smiling, listening deeply, speaking lovingly I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

My teacher is beautifully present by my side Waiting quietly, patiently to hear my pain Knowing my need for empathy I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

I bow my head, while joining my palms Acknowledge my weaknesses and strengths I am in my Teacher; my Teacher is in me I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Simultaneously dwelling in the historical and ultimate dimensions, Intellectual thinking moves from head to heart. Faithful to my true self—interconnected with the universe, I walk in the footsteps of my Teacher.

Tran Kinh Tam An, Peaceful Respect of the Heart, lives in Portland, Oregon where she practices with the Thursday Night Sangha and aspires to join the Order of Interbeing.

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