The Buddha and Emerson

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One of the Buddha’s central teaching was the importance of seeing that all of life is transient.  Emerson, the 19th century luminary, offerred his words on the same topic: “The things we now esteem fixed shall, one by one, detach themselves like ripe fruit from our experience and fall. The wind shall blow them none knows wither.” (The Over-Soul)

We often look to the East for spiritual wisdom, yet in Emerson and Thoreau we have all the wisdom necessary to attain illumination. Thoreau’s yoga was walking. He spent four hours a day walking in nature. That was was his asana, done in the temple of Nature.

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