I solemnly declare
That from this point in time as I take my first step through the portal of light －
I am observing the graceful ways of Nature
I am feeling gratitude to the deep ends of my core
I am supported by the Universe and all precious beings around me
I am a child of the Universe, humbled by the grace of God.
I was told in my dejected times: "True modesty is knowing your worth."
Rabindranath Tagore once said: "Praise shames me because I beg for it!"
And so I am not doing anything worthwhile
But the Dao grants me the grace
For me to be a being worthy of abundance, love and joy
As do all sentient beings － this is our natural state and yet we have forgotten.
Zen master Rikyu once said: "Imagine a life without tea, and if it is any different from your life now, you have yet to truly understand tea."
Because this is the truth:
Whether the cup is empty or full
Whether we are in darkness or light
Appreciate the moment.
Such a One who sits and drink Tea completely as oneself
Such a One who lives life with devotion
Is when one fully lives the same Dao that pulses through the Universe and moves the world.
We miss so many opportunities in the moment simply because we were busy casting about to figure out a way to repeat this moment again in the future.
But true Zen is in living the moment and letting go of all else － when life is lived thus, there is no need for repetition, no need to grasp onto something tangible;