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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:34 pm

It's an experiential fact that sometimes a small sound in a quiet place can "point-to" the silence that it is couched-in, "indicating" and emphasizing the silence (!), strongly.

It's a wonderful experience.

On a mountain, a single bird singing magnifies the immensity of expanse that one sees, it purifies the already pure air one breathes and moves in, and reminds one of the moment and weight of The Great Earth. And yet, Emptiness, and the limpidity of experience, and the minuteness of "self", are all brought powerfully to consciousness, too.

Just one bird singing can break all this Ice.

:Namaste:,

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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:36 pm

thnx, Joe

let me add some prose of a writer, a big one..
"It's hard to believe, but it's true, I was deeply moved. Because one man remembered me. For nothing, for no use whatsoever, from a pure heart."
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:08 pm

and this is from Xu Yun s nun, see if u carry it
I learned fidelity is not a matter of the head, not a matter of the heart but a matter of the ass. I learned to stay put and to stay with it no matter what happened which led to knowing not to play with infidelity.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:23 am

ok that was some prose in a poetry thread....
will try 2 keep it poetic....nxt time
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:48 am

hm,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..
and y do i feel like an elephant in a glassware store....
https://www.facebook.com/pastormarcusgi ... 203357585/
5 seconds of ur time, makes d elephant romp around d glass store
lol b :heya:
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:18 am

AMEN
LOL
LOL
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its fast food poetry, poetry on d go, everything is poetry LOL
type AMEN
lol lol lol
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:16 pm

All below the line can also be viewed at the link provided ..

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2017/08/hakuins-song-zazen.html

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Hakuin’s Song of Zazen

The Zazen Wasan

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768) was one of Japan’s gifts to our world. The reviver of a moribund Rinzai Zen community, the reforms associated with his name created the modern curricular koan system used in both the Japanese Rinzai community and the Soto reformed tradition of koan introspection restored by Daiun Sogaku Harada. My own spiritual life has been founded within Master Harada’s restoration of this discipline. Here with this poem we get a taste of Hakuin’s spiritual call, a direct pointing the way of simple presence. Here are three translations, by Norman Waddell, Robert Aitken, and Zenkei Shibyama. The video clip gives us the chant in Japanese.

The picture is master Hakuin’s self-portrait.



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Translated by Norman Waddell

All beings by nature are Buddha,
As ice by nature is water.
Apart from water there is no ice;
Apart from beings, no Buddha.
How sad that people ignore the near
And search for truth afar:
Like someone in the midst of water
Crying out in thirst,
Like a child of a wealthy home
Wandering among the poor.
Lost on dark paths of ignorance,
We wander through the Six Worlds,
From dark path to dark path–
When shall we be freed from birth and death?
Oh, the zazen of the Mahayana!
To this the highest praise!
Devotion, repentance, training,
The many paramitas–
All have their source in zazen.
Those who try zazen even once
Wipe away beginning-less crimes.
Where are all the dark paths then?
The Pure Land itself is near.
Those who hear this truth even once
And listen with a grateful heart,
Treasuring it, revering it,
Gain blessings without end.
Much more, those who turn about
And bear witness to self-nature,
Self-nature that is no-nature,
Go far beyond mere doctrine.
Here effect and cause are the same,
The Way is neither two nor three.
With form that is no-form,
Going and coming, we are never astray,
With thought that is no-thought,
Singing and dancing are the voice of the Law.
Boundless and free is the sky of Samádhi!
Bright the full moon of wisdom!
Truly, is anything missing now?
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes,
This very place is the Lotus Land,
This very body, the Buddha

Translated by Robert Aitken

All beings by nature are Buddha,
as ice by nature is water;
apart from water there is no ice,
apart from beings no Buddha.

How sad that people ignore the near
and search for truth afar,
like someone in the midst of water
crying out in thirst,
like a child of a wealthy home
wandering among the poor.

Lost on dark paths of ignorance
we wander through the six worlds,
from dark path to dark path we wander,
when shall we be freed from birth and death?

For this the zazen of the Mahayana
deserves the highest praise:
offerings, precepts, paramitas,
Nembutsu, atonement, practice—
the many other virtues—
all rise within zazen.

Those who try zazen even once
wipe away immeasurable crimes—
where are all the dark paths then?
The Pure Land itself is near.

Those who hear this truth even once
and listen with a grateful heart,
treasuring it, revering it,
gain blessings without end.

Much more, if you turn yourself about
and confirm your own self-nature—
that self-nature is no nature—
you are far beyond mere argument.

The oneness of cause and effect
is clear,
not two, not three, the path is put right;
with form that is no form
going and coming never astray,
with thought that is no thought
singing and dancing are the voice
of the Law.

Boundless and free is the sky of samadhi!
Bright the full moon of wisdom!
Truly is anything missing now?
Nirvana is here, before your eyes,
this very place is the Lotus Land,
this very body the Buddha.

Translated by Zenkei Shibayama

All beings are primarily Buddhas.
Like water and ice,
There is no ice apart from water;
There are no Buddhas apart from beings.
Not knowing how close the Truth is to them,
Beings seek for it afar–what a pity!
It is like those who being in water
Cry out for water, feeling thirst.
It is like the rich man’s son,
Who has lost his way among the poor.
The reason why beings transmigrate through the six worlds,
Is because they are lost in the darkness of ignorance.
Wandering from darkness to darkness,
How can they ever be free rom birth-and-death?
As to Zazen taught in the Mahayana,
No amount of praise can exhaust its merits.
The Six Paramitas, beginning with the Giving,
Observing the Precepts and other good deeds, variously enumerated,
As Nembutsu, Repentance, and so on–
All are finally reducible to Zazen.
The merit of even a single sitting in Zazen
Erases the countless sins accumulated in the past.
Where then are there the evil paths to misguide us?
The Pure Land cannot be far away.
Those who, even once, in all humility,
Listen to this Truth.
Praise it and faithfully follow it,
Will be endowed with innumerable merits.
But if you turn your eyes within yourselves
And testify to the truth of Self-nature–
The Self-nature that is no-nature,
You will have gone beyond the ken of sophistry.
The gate of the oneness of cause and effect is opened;
The path of non-duality and non-trinity runs straight ahead.
Your form being the form of no-form,
Your going-and-returning takes place nowhere but where your are;
Your thought being the thought of no-thought,
Your singing-and-dancing is none other than the voice of Dharma.
How boundless and free is the sky of Samadhi!
How refreshingly bright, the moon of the Fourfold Wisdom!
At this moment what is there that you lack!
Nirvana presents itself before you,
Where you stand is the Land of Purity.
Your person, the body of Buddha.





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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby TTT on Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:06 pm

Hakuin, he is on all the ikea pillows now a days. A superhero or stupid guy or just a known Zen master from the Rinzi school i think.

The buddhist history is full of this guys!

Its like the story of the two monks carrying one woman a cross the river. From one side to the othere. there was mud, slippery and they din not fall. She, the women, safe on the other side. One munk to the other munk, "what about the women"?

I will continue when i investigate a bit. Will post agen if needed!


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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:21 pm

TTT wrote:Hakuin, he is on all the ikea pillows, now a days. A superhero or stupid guy.

The buddhist history is full of this guys!

Its like the story of the two monks carrying one woman a cross the river. From one side to the othere. there was mud, slippery and they din not fall. She, the women, safe on the other side


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Thank you for the good laugh! That's awesome .. totally awesome ..!
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby TTT on Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:24 pm

And you did not even see me edit the text..:), i did that now.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:27 pm

TTT wrote:And you did not even see me edit the text..:), i did that now.


I see it now- :)
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:29 pm

Speaking of local heros, Gregory Wonderwheel expressing his view on Zen cereal was priceless!
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:19 pm

please partofit, provide me d link 2 Greorys post on zen cereals..thnx
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:36 pm

thnx 2 TTT and fuki, 4 u 2, a full moon wolf poem from Scottish Poetry Library

A wolf in the park
Richard Edwards

Is there a wolf,
A wolf in the park,
A wolf who wakes when the night gets dark?
Is there a wolf in the park?

Is there a wolf,
A wolf who creeps
From his hidden den while the city sleeps?
Is there a wolf in the park?

Is there a wolf,
Whose nightly track
Circles the park fence, zigzags back?
Is there a wolf in the park?

Is there a wolf,
Who pads his way
Between the tables of the closed café,
Is there a wolf in the park?

Is there a wolf,
A wolf whose bite
Left those feathers by the pond last night,
Is there a wolf in the park?

Is there a wolf?
No one knows,
But I’ve heard a howl when the full moon glows . . .
Is there a wolf in the park?


From The Thing that Mattered Most: Scottish poems for children edited by Julie Johnstone (SPL/B&W, 2006)
(ps notice the bold)
Reproduced by permission of the author.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby Spike on Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:32 pm

Thanks, bokki. I love children's poetry.

Here is an old favorite from early childhood:

The Duel
by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
‘T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t’ other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went “Bow-wow-wow!”
And the calico cat replied “Mee-ow!”
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I’m only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw—
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don’t fancy I exaggerate—
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow. --R.H.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby bokki on Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:23 pm

Thank you, Spike, that was nice.
let me add another wolf one by a great poet

The Divine wolf
by Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said) - 1961

The forenoon is burn-faced and wandering
And I am the death of the moon

Below my countenance the bell of the night has broken
And I am the new divine wolf.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:50 pm

Thanks! It's good to see him in his element.

bokki wrote:The Divine wolf
by Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said) - 1961
...

His new book of conversations with his friend about "Violence and Islam" is fascinating to me. And it's a pleasure to read a set of dialogs like this. I am reminded of the dialogues of Plato.

The book is small, and thin, and contains much sharp observation and characterization by the poet and his interviewer. I recommend the book very highly. It is a wonderful "read", and teaches a lot of history and background of current-events without really trying. Again, the dialogues in the book are conversations! Very involving: one is drawn-in, as a part of the conversation. There's nothing quite like this, in my experience. But, again, Plato comes to mind, though the conversations here are between only two people.

Adonis' interviewer is Houria Abdelouahed.

Later the two want to bring out a book on Islam and Violence from a philosophical and psycholanalytical point of view. (I'll be waiting!).

--Joe

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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby TTT on Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:04 pm

bokki wrote:Thank you, Spike, that was nice.
let me add another wolf one by a great poet

The Divine wolf
by Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said) - 1961

The forenoon is burn-faced and wandering
And I am the death of the moon

Below my countenance the bell of the night has broken
And I am the new divine wolf.


Good poem by a great poet!
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby Spike on Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:58 am

Spin Doctors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xxnBFoEMNY

"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"

Been a whole lot easier since the bitch left town
Been a whole lot happier without that face around
Nobody upstairs gonna stomp and shout
Nobody out the back door gonna throw my laundry out
She holds the shotgun while you dote-se-doe
She want one man made of Hercules and Cyrano
Been a whole lot easier since the bitch is gone
Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong

Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
Ain't nobody gonna bow no more when you sound your gong
Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
Whatcha go 'n' do to get into another one of these here rock 'n' roll songs?

Other people's thoughts they ain't your hand-me-downs
Would it be so bad to simply turn around?
You cook so well, all nice and French
You do your brain surgery too mama with yer monkey wrench

Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
Ain't nobody gonna bow no more when you sound your gong
Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
What'd ya go 'n' do to get into another one of these here rock 'n' roll songs?

I hope them cigarettes are gonna make you cough
Hope you hear this song and it pissed you off
I take that back I hope you're doing fine
And if I had a dollar I might give you ninety-nine.

Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
Ain't nobody gonna bow no more when you sound your gong
Little miss, Little miss, Little miss can't be wrong
What'd ya go 'n' do to get into another one of these here rock 'n' roll songs?
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When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow. --R.H.
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Re: Poetry - post poems that move you

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:47 pm

Young and Old

WHEN all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green ;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen ;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away ;
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.

When all the world is old, lad,
And all the trees are brown ;
And all the sport is stale, lad,
And all the wheels run down ;
Creep home, and take your place there,
The spent and maimed among :
God grant you find one face there,
You loved when all was young.

-- Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) from The Water Babies
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