Tag Archives: Buddhism

Twice Burned:Previously Published at qarrtsiluni*

Twice Burned Last night I was burned twice, once by one who cares too little and once by one who cares too much. Some nights I would light matches to stay warm, if only someone would cup two hands around … Continue reading

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Sakyamuni Under the Bodhi Tree

Imagine the pipal tree (while looking at this spreading tree) where the wanderer sat patiently, awaiting truth. Imagine the cold (while walking through this winter night) that he felt alone under the black roof of night. Imagine the ache (while … Continue reading

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immolations

flags snap prayers into the blue above stone cold ash smudge shadows *     *     * my mind grinds like the wheel slowly turning the star field *     *     * I want to fly — a sky cinder I want to … Continue reading

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abhaya mudra, realization of enlightenment

crossing guard, hand raised palm facing the line of cars children file like monks

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samyag smṛti*

She is the kind of mother who tapes quotations from the 14th Dalai Lama on the bathroom mirror. They are the kind of children who lift the paper so they can practice their perfect Buddha smiles after tooth brushing. He … Continue reading

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Winter Highway

The future is a truck barrelling down a snowy road. We follow its vague shape through the speeding cloud, never gaining, unable to pass. One way to see clearer is to pull over, stop chasing, listen to ravens, talk to … Continue reading

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haiku: praise clouds

bike wheels are spinning spoke prayers into the sky whipping up praise clouds

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