Tugas Gunadarma Gunadarma Tutorial VB.NET Download OST Anime Soundtrack Anime Opening Anime Ending Anime OST Anime Japan Download Lagu Anime Jepang

Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Poor Words

  1. #1

    Poor Words

    Poor words, perhaps, but they struck me, so (for good or for ill) I'd like to share them.

    Lost at night, I sit and wait.
    The sun at dawn,
    Burns away the late spring fog.
    The path revealed beneath my very feet.
    In my wanderings, did I ever even leave it?

    Time to head home,
    Last nights plates will need cleaning,
    For this morning’s breakfast.

  2. #2

    Re: Poor Words

    This poem actually reminded me of the book that got me interested in Buddhism years ago... Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums." At the time it was written, Buddhism was just gaining some American awareness, and some of his ideas (or, those of the character that was supposed to be him,) and those of "Japhy" (Real life Gary Snyder,) were a bit jumbled in various forms of Buddhism and Christianity and Eastern and Western philosophy, and, as much of a melange as we in the West may be now, it was much looser and mixed then.
    The story, however, is one of real import, loosely based on the idea of "fetch water, chop wood." (Like my interpretation of your post.) It's the spiritual roller coaster that os real life... spiritual and/or religious extacies followed by plummeting crashes of carnality or simple humanity. He sees Japhy as a Buddha, he sees him as Mara. He sees the world as Samsara and Nirvana. He loves his practice, he hates it. It drives a wedge between him and his family and none of them sees that it's what beings them closer. He's a monk, he's a womanizer. He's an ascetic, he's a drunk. He's hard working, he's a hobo.
    Kerouac (and Snyder, and some of the other Buddhist-minded Beats,) had nothing to compare their spirituality to, no real, established Sangha to support them, no senseis to guide them. Their Buddhism- especially Kerouacs- was greatly informed by his Catholicism. But he qould quote the Diamond Sutra as readily as the Lord's Prayer.
    His musings in his outdoor meditations and travels, in the book, are very similar to your poem here.
    Fetch water, chop wood.
    Gassho!! Gassho!! Gassho!!

  3. #3

    Re: Poor Words

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonCM
    Poor words, perhaps, but they struck me, so (for good or for ill) I'd like to share them.

    Lost at night, I sit and wait.
    The sun at dawn,
    Burns away the late spring fog.
    The path revealed beneath my very feet.
    In my wanderings, did I ever even leave it?

    Time to head home,
    Last nights plates will need cleaning,
    For this morning’s breakfast.
    Thanks for sharing this Heitetsu! Simply wonderful.

    gassho
    Greg

  4. #4

    Re: Poor Words

    Thank you!

  5. #5
    Friend of Treeleaf Myozan Kodo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    2,106

    Re: Poor Words

    Great. Thanks and Gassho,
    Soen

Similar Threads

  1. How to say the words
    By willow in forum TREELEAF COMMUNITY: Topics about Zazen, Zen, Buddhism & MORE ZAZEN!
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 06-27-2012, 04:52 PM
  2. words
    By butterfly in forum TREELEAF COMMUNITY: Topics about Zazen, Zen, Buddhism & MORE ZAZEN!
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-11-2011, 12:30 AM
  3. Just a Few Words
    By Taylor in forum TREELEAF COMMUNITY: Topics about Zazen, Zen, Buddhism & MORE ZAZEN!
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-28-2010, 12:21 PM
  4. Too Many Words
    By Tobiishi in forum TREELEAF COMMUNITY: Topics about Zazen, Zen, Buddhism & MORE ZAZEN!
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-02-2009, 06:41 AM
  5. Words
    By will in forum TREELEAF COMMUNITY: Topics about Zazen, Zen, Buddhism & MORE ZAZEN!
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-16-2007, 01:24 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •