The Messenger’s Jan. 29 front-page piece, “The American dream through Buddhist eyes” was very enjoyable.
Your chronicle of the long life of a remarkable individual, Newark’s 84-year-old Bouonhot Souimaniphanah, is a great example of a person on what Buddhists call the Right Path. I thought this was a fascinating inside look at another culture, an inspiration on how to conduct one’s own life, topped off with information about a local landmark all wrapped up in this fine example of skilled newspaper reporting.
I’ll be visiting the Newark Buddhists very soon.
My sincere wish is for us all to aspire, in at least a small way, to attain the kind of determination, spiritualism and enlightenment found by your story’s central character.
By the way, Buddhism asks students of the practice to take the Eight-Fold Path, and one of the steps on that path is to choose the right livelihood – to choose to work in keeping with their nature and to have awareness of the impact of their work on society.
It looks like your reporter, Mr. Evans, and your photographer, Mr. Duty, have indeed chosen the right livelihoods.