“Whatever arises is fresh – the essence of realization.”
– Tibetan Buddhist invocation

“Only connect!”
– E.M. Forster, Howard’s End

I have always been a seeker, but my meditation journey began in 2003 when I read Thich Nhat
Hanh’s book, “Living Buddha, Living Christ.” In subsequent years, I began meditating and
practicing mindfulness on my own and with several sanghas, or meditation communities, in
the Baltimore area. The practice offered me a new framework for looking at life, and it brought
peace to my often anxious mind.

As my practice deepened, I received the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh
himself, along with the dharma name Fearless Love of the Heart. Since then, my mindfulness
practice has been a constant companion.
                                          Pat Clark