Sunday, June 12, 2011

Words of Wisdom

From Sunday's New York Times, Hancock author Sy Montgomery shares words of wisdom to graduates of Franklin Pierce University. See the entire article here.

Sy Montgomery
Naturalist, author
Franklin Pierce University

Don’t buy the lie that the “real” world is all about staying safe and secure, accumulating money, piling up possessions. The real world — the world we love — is a green, living world, full of real dangers and stunning beauty and breathtaking surprises.

There is a Buddhist koan I want to share with you that goes like this: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The teachers don’t always look like the professors in the classroom. I’ve found my teachers sometimes have fur and scales or hooves and tusks. One of the best had a curly tail and a flexible nose disk.

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