In Buddha and in the Virgin Mary

By Paulo Coelho

The Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is one of the most respected teachers of Buddhism in the West.

When he was travelling in Sri Lanka, he met six barefoot children. ‘They were not children from a shanty town, but children from the country, and looking at them, I saw that they formed part of the nature which surrounded them.’

He was alone on the beach and they all ran towards him. Since Thich Nhat Hanh did not speak their language, he simply hugged them and they hugged him back.

At one point, however, he suddenly remembered an ancient Buddhist prayer: ‘I take refuge in Buddha’. He began singing it, and four of the children joined in. Thich Nhat Hanh made a sign to the other two children who were not singing. They smiled, put their hands together and said in Pali: ‘I take refuge in the Virgin Mary.’

The sound of the prayer was the same. On that beach, on that afternoon, Thich Nhat Nanh says that he found a harmony and serenity he had rarely experienced before.

Welcome to Share with Friends – Free Texts for a Free Internet

Paulo Coelho talks to the Times of India

Who is the Coelho lesser known?

Please, visit the site of The Times of India to continue to read the article.

He is still there…

Al Jazeera Interview 06 September 2007

Coelho: From hippie to best-selling author

Rio de Janeiro : Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is one of the world’s best-selling authors but he considers writing not just a business but as a “path to self-knowledge”. Coelho, who turns 60 Friday, is something of a guru to many of his worldwide legion of fans…

This article was written by DPA. Please, visit the site Indian Muslims to continue to read the article.