A GENTLE OPEN MIND

In SACRED WORLD by Erik Pema Kunsang

Sometimes, that’s all it takes:
A gentle open mind, so simple.
To disarm resistance and even ill-will,
To thaw this heart of mine.

It’s that quiet warmth from a stranger,
The humorous acceptance from a friend.
The unguarded trust and curiosity
In the eyes of the unhurt child.

This gentle open mind, that is natural,
As easy to wear as a tailored shirt of silk,
Is my true refuge, my soul’s bodyguard,
Known by everyone in the hundred names for love.

About the Author
Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Board of director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications and LEVEKUNST art of life. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author. Erik's website & retreats.

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