it’s all good: a seed of buddhahood

Posted on January 17, 2010



by Thich Nhat Hanh
Song by Br. Phap Niem

May the sound of the bell penetrate deep into the cosmos.
Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly.

So that all suffering in them cease. Understanding comes to their heart, and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal dharma door is already open; the sound of the rising tide is already heard clearly. The miracle happens. A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower. One single drop of this compassionate water is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me dissolve.
My mind is calm, my body relaxed. A smile is born on my lips.

Following the sound of the bell, my breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness. In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.




Buddhadharma Comes Full Circle

“Siddharta Gautama, who became Shakyamuni Buddha, was a person of color living in the north of India. In the centuries after his death, the seeds of the Buddhadharma took root in the hearts of many people of color as it migrated to Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, and Vietnam. The dharma is coming full circle. It is coming back to the ears, hearts, and hands of people of color, where it began many centuries and generations ago…”

Picture of Kamala

From “Dharma, Color and Culture” (Parallax Press, 2004)

~Kamala Masters





dharma praktis +

peoples of color & culture


there was a moment when i was considering the expression:
it’s all good
and in looking at this expression deeply,
i think one way to see it is…
it represents a gatha of our lotus praktis as people of color

expressing from the ground of our Being as peoples of culture,people of compassion…
it’s all good
an everyday, colloquial expression embodies
a sense of openness, compassion, the capacity for multiplicity in us…
it represents receiving things as they are, and
praktising by offering our generosity of being
to whatever the occasion, situation, or moment is that arises…
“it’s all good” means we aiiiight, things are all right,
things will be all good

we got this

we family

the sangha

the community

brothas and sistas


homies & homegirls

los compas y compañeras

we can hold this…
we can heal this

we can heal from this…

it’s all good

we ain’t going out like that
we goin’ out like this
transforming mud
transforming lotus
uprooting suffering
with this ancient praktis

“it’s all good” is one of the fruits
and flowers born our of our lotus praktis

“it’s all good” is being present with all that IS,
whatever moment IT is…
and embracing it with
spaciousness, ease,
mindfulnes and compassion…

it’s all good
seed expressions
of our buddhahood

i think this expression, “it’s all good” is one of flowering buds of our shared
lotus praktis
as communities of color and culture rising from the mud of racialization…

as racialized peoples, we’ve been made to believe in distorted, deluded ideas of ourselves and our communities.  at the same time, since the beginning, we’ve been courageously, fearlessly and lovingly crafting ways to transform suffering, to transform the poisons, the maras infesting our environments and how we are seen or thought about…

and all the more now, that’s IT’S ALL GOOD. the drums of the Triple Jewels have planted themselves in the West.  they are beginning to resound in the West.   the precious Dharma is taking root in the West and our communities of color, who have maintained vigils, prayers and ceremonies for  true liberation are, above ground or underground, making the Journey home guided by the sounds of these dharma drums of liberation!

we are crossing the borders and shores of our suffering

and becoming “refugees”

taking refuge in the sovereign island within ourself

we are letting go of the small stories

and false labels that have marked us

we are wiping the mud off our faces

seeing ourselves anew

seeing our Original Face

and seeing a smile born on our lips

we are getting down on our knees

and offering thanks

for all that has brought us to this point

for all that has watered the seeds of

this wisdom and compassion

all that has pushed us to the edge

and nurtured in us

the awakening of bodhicitta

we are standing up and dancing in praise

we are offering incense and sage

copal candles flowers

we are offering up songs and prayers

mantras and libations

on the altar of our True Nature

today, we are goin’ back Home

back to the block

back to our barrios and barangays

we are going back to our buddhahood

because we recall

we remember

where we’re really from

we remember our Being grows

from the pureland of all our ancestors

our cultures are our treasures

we remember the awakened

reality and truth that exists within

when we go back to our True Home, we know

“it’s all good”

and right now, especially,

“it’s all good”

because the Time has finally come!

This Is It!

No slippin’ into forgetfulness and

falling into people of color time on this one!

People of color!

…of culture!

…of courage!

…of creative expression!


This ground of Compassion is our Liberation!

Let your lotus praktis rise!

Let your rose from the concrete rise!


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