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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Buddha Takes Refuge in Me

When we say, "I take refuge in the Buddha," we should also understand that "The Buddha takes refuge in me," because without the second part the first part is not complete. The Buddha needs us for awakening, understanding, and love to be real things and not just concepts. They must be real things that have real effects on life. Whenever I say, "I take refuge in the Buddha," I hear "the Buddha takes refuge in me.

-Thich Nhat Hanh, "Being Peace"

From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

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ianmack said...

hi there, came across your blog by chance. good stuff. i'm a student of buddhism myself, and constantly find it fascinating.

Amadeus said...

I thought I recognized that quote. Great quote-great book. ~Amadeus

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