After twenty-five years on the Path, I’d experienced almost everything, except peace.
When I was young, my mother told me that I would find true happiness only in marriage.
Remembering her words all those years later, something in me began to tremble.
I gave myself to the trembling, and it showed me all the pain this little heart had ever known.
And how countless lives of searching had brought me, at last, to the present moment, which I happily married.
Can you imagine?
We’ve been living together ever since, without a single argument.
—Bhikshuni Sama, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)