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  1. #51
    Few more..


    The most important thing is to find out
    what is the most important thing.
    -Shunryu Suzuki-

    Though I think not
    To think about it,
    I do think about it
    And shed tears
    Thinking about it.
    -Ryokan-

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  3. #53
    The Buddha's Last Instruction

    “Make of yourself a light,”
    said the Buddha,
    before he died.
    I think of this every morning
    as the east begins
    to tear off its many clouds
    of darkness, to send up the first
    signal – a white fan
    streaked with pink and violet,
    even green.
    An old man, he lay down
    between two sala trees,
    and he might have said anything,
    knowing it was his final hour.
    The light burns upward,
    it thickens and settles over the fields.
    Around him, the villagers gathered
    and stretched forward to listen.
    Even before the sun itself
    hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
    I am touched everywhere
    by its ocean of yellow waves.
    No doubt he thought of everything
    that had happened in his difficult life.
    And then I feel the sun itself
    as it blazes over the hills,
    like a million flowers on fire –
    clearly I’m not needed,
    yet I feel myself turning
    into something of inexplicable value.
    Slowly, beneath the branches,
    he raised his head.
    He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

    ~ Mary Oliver ~

  4. #54
    Just reading some of the poetry. Thanks again.

    Gassho Will

  5. #55
    re-edited:

    Dogen,
    If we grasp it, it's gone.
    Bodhidharma,
    The universe is my name.
    Brothers and sisters - trees,
    Mother- the sound of hammer on nail.
    Say trees, hammers and nails,
    With eyes, ear, and nose.
    With fingers, knees, hair, and toes.
    And without, sap, bark and leaves-

    Even this speaks in the breeze.

    Gassho Will

  6. #56
    What are you cursing?
    What are you hitting?
    What are you loving?
    Who is competing?
    Where is this one?
    Can you find them in the colors?
    Why get angry at the Sun?
    The moon doesn't care if your big or small,
    So who is short and what is tall?

    Gassho

  7. #57

    Poetry Corner

    In the stillness by the empty window,
    I sit in formal zazen.
    Navel and nose in alignment
    Ears parallel with shoulders.
    Moonlight floods the room.
    The rain stops, and the eaves drip.
    Perfect the moment.
    In the vast emptiness
    my understanding deepens.

    Ryokan

  8. #58
    If there are mountains, I look at the mountains;
    On rainy days I listen to the rain.
    Spring, summer, autumn, winter.
    Tomorrow too will be good.
    Tonight too is good.

    ~ Taneda Santôka

  9. #59

    Re: Poetry Corner

    And this little bird I take under my wing,
    To teach, to laugh, to be, and to sing,
    As I Lift it's chin up, he flies on her own,
    To teach, to live, to laugh, and disown.

    W

  10. #60

    Re: Poetry Corner

    Nice, Will.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  11. #61

    Re: Poetry Corner

    After Basho's famous frog haiku

    after basho's frog haiku
    the garden pond
    speaks more volume

    after basho's frog haiku
    every splash at the pond
    eddies to the centre of my heart

    after basho's frog haiku
    each sight of the amphibian
    the echo of a splash

    Basho who revolutionises the haiku world
    and became an icon after this famous poem:

    old pond
    a frog jumps in
    the sound of water

    john tiong chunghoo

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