Sunday, December 16, 2012

All of our Ancestors and all Future Generations are Present in Us

Happiness is not an individual matter.

All of our ancestors and all future generations are present in us.
Liberation is not an individual matter.

As long as the ancestors in us are still suffering, we cannot be happy, and we will transmit that suffering to our children and their children.

Now is the time to liberate our ancestors, and future generations, and free ourselves.
If we can take one step freely and happily, touching the Earth mindfully, we can take one hundred.

We do it for ourselves and for all previous and future generations.

Thich Nhat Hanh
The Long Road Turns to Joy
a guide to walking meditation.