What a nice and beautiful thread, Lobster.
Thank you for sharing this
Recently I came across a wonderful quote by Thay, where he says, 'Love really is a practice.'
I will find it very shortly, one moment. . .
Here it is:
'Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself—if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself—it is very difficult to take care of another person. In the Buddhist teaching, it’s clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice.'
I also found the source of the quote, an interview with Melvin McLeod.http://www.pbs.org/thebuddha/blog/2010/ ... ch-nhat-h/
As well as this:
“The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Whenever you see this lobster, hope you have a wonderful day.
'Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.' - Dōgen Zenji