Before Ræchel was born we used to go to
Several Lamas we have known have quoted Shakespeare – especially ‘to sleep perchance to dream’ – in the context of death and what lies beyond. Hamlet (III, i, 65-68) We are often delighted to find quotes from Shakespeare – particularly because they remain so apt. The idea of ‘good in everything’ is fundamental to being happy. We find it preferable to always see the good in everything rather than finding fault or error. To find ‘. . . tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing’ makes a pleasure of life and a pleasure in observing the lives of those we know and love. That’s as we like it and the quote is from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile, hath not old custom made this life more sweet than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious court? Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, the seasons’ difference; as, the icy fang and churlish chiding of the winter’s wind, which, when it bites and blows upon my body, even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say ‘This is no flattery: these are counsellors that feelingly persuade me what I am.’ Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head; and this our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing. I would not change it.
William Shakespeare—As You Like It (II, i, Duke Senior to
We look forward to Ræchel being able to ride with us when we are in
‘. . . books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing’ offers a reflection of the Dzogchen teachings of the Buddhist tradition we teach—the Aro gTér—which was the visionary revelation of Aro Lingma. The good in everything is essential to leading a happy life – and to real concern for the welfare of others. We are always encouraged by the kindness we find in others and especially those who live closer to nature. Being able to appreciate the world as it is, is the essence of our tradition and probably every other religion – and it is something that enables people to communicate across whatever divide appears to separate them. We have some good friends amongst the local folk in
The ‘. . . sermons in stones, and good in every thing’ becomes apparent when riding silently through the trees and when stopping to let the horses eat grass. Learning to be with horses and understanding their view of existence is an unspoken lesson in how to live – and we often feel that it is a pity that more people cannot spend time with animals. There is something simple and direct about animals that demands a simple direct warm-hearted approach.