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  1. Applying the “return” to a religious life, I’m reminded of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk who famously urges people to take what they’ve back to their own tradition.

    “I always encourage them to practice in a way that will help them go back to their own tradition and get re-rooted. If they succeed at at becoming reintegrated, they will be an important instrument in transforming and renewing their tradition.

    When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted. If we find ways to cherish and develop our spiritual heritage, we will avoid the kind of alienation that is destroying society, and we will become whole again. … Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions, and this will benefit everyone.”

    ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995), 89-90.

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