Several years ago I read a book by Paul F. Knitter entitled “Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian.” I have learned many things from contemporary writers who have a Buddhist slant. Paul teaches how to use a Buddhist bucket in a Christian well to deepen one’s prayer life.
We took our daughter and Grandgirls to New York one year. Bob and I both spotted this photo opportunity almost simultaneously! Imagine the noise of New York, complete with racing taxi (in the background of photo) and the unending construction and repairs to the streets and buildings. There on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant is a statue of Buddha reminding us to breathe … stop … enjoy the present moment. One teacher at a Christian conference pointed out that listen and silent both have the same letters! So take this moment to rest in the photo and your own present moment. And Smile!