Mitakuye Oyasin

A couple months ago I was at a Buddhist temple in Escondido, California, the place is very peaceful and secluded. It’s perched up in a mountain with a lot of trees and sunlight. But what caught my eye was this mural on one of the monk’s home. It says “Mitakuye Oyasin- we are all related – we interare”. The mural of people of all different races simply walking together was refreshing to see. So I did some research and “Mitakuye Oyasin” is from the Lakota language which was spoken by the Sioux tribe (around the Great Plains). Translated it means “all my relatives,” “we are all related,” or “all my relations.” It’s a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys. I think it’s a beautiful phrase that should be honored/practiced more because in the end, humans and everything in their environment are interconnected.

 

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