In a jungle meditation center in the hills of Kandy, Sri Lanka is an old wooden bookcase. On the top shelf sits a row of perfectly square hardcover books titled “Bodhi Leaves” and each of the small square books contain about twenty volumes of the Buddhist Publication Societies annual essays on using Buddhism in everyday life. These old books were printed in 1973 and translated into English that same year.
When I open volume four, I can smell the jungle humidity, and when I turn the pages, they crinkle from the passing of time:
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.