In the Name of Wisdom

What does it mean to be noble? As a daughter of the Buddha, I learn that no name, title, degree or pedigree can confer true wisdom, authority or respect; nor do opinion, tradition or entitlement bestow them – for as the Buddha wisely teaches, “One does not become noble by birth. It is by one’s deeds that one attains to nobility.”  Just so, the riches of our human journey are revealed in the fire of inner purification. Therein we find our true name. It is nothing less than the pure presence behind every name – the emptiness in which all personal identity dissolves. And where only unconditional love abides.