A Nun Speaks Up - 2600 years ago

The entire Path,

and all you will ever need

to walk on it,

you will find inside.

So Buddha taught me.

Once I took a closer look

all the running around

started to seem a little silly.

Things changed so quickly--

by the time I got anywhere,

I'd be someone else.

You are your mother.

You are your daughter.





to the next.

What we do is who we become.


Poem from the book, The First Free Women, Matty Weingast. A book of poems composed around the Buddha's lifetime, the Therigatha (Verses of the Elder Nuns) contains poems by the first Buddhist women. Shambhala Press.

Photograph by Stehanie Leikas. Taken at our Vows class ceremony in March, 2020, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Each candle represents a vow made by someone in the class. What we did is who we are becoming.

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