Dear Thay, Dear teacher:
You were not lost;
You were never found.
You continue on beautifully
in all of us, in me,
in all that ever was,
and all that ever will be.
I bow in loving gratitude,
for your light, your love,
your courage and determination;
for your gift of mindfulness,
of this precious moment,
of no birth, no death,
and no discrimination.
For your clear, flowing voice,
refreshing as a cool mountain stream.
For your slow, graceful movements,
your expressive gestures, your sweet smile.
For the lion's roar of your teachings.
For your fierce heart, beating for everyone.
For your fearless actions, born of love and stillness.
You will always be with me, dear Thay.
And I will always be with you.