“As we grow in age

we grow also in acceptance.

We see shades of gray

instead of black and white.

We become slow to condemn

and quick to forgive.

 

We do not rant and rave.

We do not complain and gripe.

Our heart has expanded with compassion

and is open to all people.

 

Bitterness and cynicism abound

but you do not have to partake.

Think of an individual or organization

whose actions have upset you.

Write them a letter thanking them

for the benefits they provide

and encouraging them

in the difficult work they do.

Tell them you understand

how difficult it is

to satisfy everyone.

Notice how such an action

will make you feel.”

 

from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin

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Photo credit: Tree Langdon, 2018, Myanmar

Since the 3rd century, many rulers and kings have ruled over Burma (Myanmar).  During each period, Buddha statues were made in a different style.  When we visited Myanmar in January 2018, we were amazed at their number and variety, taking photos until we lost count.  I’m happy to share these images with you, along with selected quotes.