I have been reading koans to Laura from various books such as A Pebble for Your Pocket by Thich Nhat Hahn, hoping to prompt deeper thinking and perhaps open meaningful discussions.

Last week:

Me (reading aloud from the end of a parable): “Anywhere you see love and understanding, there is the Buddha. Anyone can be a Buddha. A Buddha is a person who is aware of what is going on inside and around him or her and has a lot of understanding and compassion.”

Laura: “Mom, look! When I scratch a certain place on my butt, my leg moves up and down! Hehehehehe!”

This morning:

Me (reading aloud from the end of another parable): “The Buddha is inside of you. If you look deeply, your Buddha will be revealed. In fact, all the wonderful things you are looking for — happiness, peace, and joy — can be found inside of you. You do not need to look anywhere else.”

Laura: “My Buddha wants to know if I can bake cookies today.”

I’m starting to understand why Buddha is always smiling. Also, I can’t help but wonder if he’s laughing at me.


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