Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh: "The Good News"

The good news
they do not print.
The good news
we do print.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
that the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow,
of preoccupation,
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

"The Good News" by Thich Nhat Hanh, from Engaged Buddhist Reader: Ten Years of Engaged Buddhist Publishing, edited by Arnold Kotler. © Parallax Press, 2013.

Photography credit: Untitled image by unknown photographer, found at this link (originally black and white).



  1. Reading this on yet another day we all need some good news. Thank you for this.


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