Friday, 15 May 2015

Vietnamese indigenous peoples' song about herbalism

From a manuscript I am working on with indigenous peoples' of North Vietnam:

Bài hát của các Già làng về n ghề t​huốc nam

Nếu bạn là ​bạn của ​cây thuốc
Hãy ​truyền lại từ thế hệ này sang thế hệ sau
Những ​con ​người có trái tim nhân hậu
Họ sẽ trở thành những ​người ​th​ầy thuốc nam
Mọi người đang mong chờ được chữa lành mọi vết thương

Elders song about herbalism 

If you are herbal friends 
Passed down from generation to generation 
Kind hearted 
Kind person to become a herbalist 
People are waiting to be healed 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Tragedy as a Source of Strength


"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." 
—H.H. Dalai Lama
Just reading the latest call from the Charter for Compassion in response to the situation in Nepal, for those crossing into Europe, and Baltimore's Freddy Gray. Charter for Compassion's message is that all of these tragedies call out for compassion and compassionate action.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, we must have hope, but our real hope exists in the action we bring to tragedy. 
I turn to Walt Whitman, as ever, for inspiration and insight on this path of compassion:
"I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person." And: "Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us."