On June 26.1992, nine new Dharma teachers received the lamp transmission from Thay in a beautiful ceremony at Plum Village. They were Dinh Thi Van Khanh, Christopher Reed. Wendy Johnson, Nguyen Ba Thu. Larry Rosenberg , Nguyen Anh Huong . Jack Lawlor. Harrison Hoblitzelle. and Robert Schaibly. The following short verses by Wendy Johnson and Eileen Kiera (offered at her Dharma teacher transmission ceremony in August 1990) seemed especially suitable/or this environmental issue of The Mindfulness Bell. Walking The Garden Path
Child of the Earth lead us into the garden, The gate is wide open-in one blade of grass a field far beyond form and emptiness. Unafraid, we walk the garden-into poison fire, to sweet Dharma rain, Walking the path of love and action, the path of interwoven roots.
I go go to the wellspring following the dusty path worn smooth by the bare feet of my Ancestors.
In the deep heart of the dark forest I drink pure and cleansing waters. All that exists is renewed.