“I have arrived, I am Home…”

True Home

True Home

Our true home is in the here and the now. The past is already gone and the future is not yet here. “I have arrived, I am home, in the here, in the now.” This is our practice.

You can recite this gatha, or poem, during walking meditation or sitting meditation. You can practice this poem when you drive to your office. You may not have arrived at your office, but even while driving you have already arrived at your true home, the present moment. And when you arrive at your office, this is also your true home. When you are in your office, you are also in the here and the now.

Just practicing the first line of the poem “I have arrived, I am home” can make you very happy. Whether you are sitting, whether you are walking, whether you are watering the vegetables in the garden, or whether you are feeding your child, it is always possible to practice “I have arrived, I am home.” I am not running anymore; I have run all my life; now I am determined to stop and to really live my life.

I have arrived, I am home
In the here, In the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate, I dwell

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

12 thoughts on ““I have arrived, I am Home…”

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  3. I love this. I spent most of my life feeling like I never belonged anywhere but then realised that home is where the heart is. Now I feel like I truly belong no matter where I am – just being at peace in the moment whatever it may bring. Lots of love, Lisa

  4. RE: “I have arrived, I am home… In the ultimate, I dwell.”

    Long ago in China when the great Zen Master Nam Cheon died, his students and all those who knew him were very sad. The custom at that time was to go to the dead person’s house and cry, “Aigo! Aigo! Aigo!” But when the Zen master’s best student, a layman named Bu Dae Sa, heard of his teacher’s death, he went to Nam Cheon’s temple, opened the door, stood in front of the coffin, and laughed, “HA HA HA HA!!”—great laughter. The many people who were assembled to mourn Nam Cheon’s death were surprised at this laughter. The temple Housemaster said, “You were our teacher’s best student. Our teacher has died, and everyone is sad. Why are you laughing?” Bu Dae Sa said, “You say our master has died. Where did he go?” The Housemaster was silent. He could not answer. Then Bu Dae Sa said, “You don’t understand where our teacher went, so I am very sad. Aigo! Aigo! Aigo!”

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