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A Zen Soliloquy

A Zen Soliloquy

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:55 pm

Today's blog post, A Zen Soliloquy

To sit, or not to sit, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous karma
Or to be mindful against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end samsara: to nirvana, to cessation
No more; and by cessation, to say we end
the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
that Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a cessation
devoutly to be wished. To nirvana, to cessation,
To cessation, perchance to be reborn; aye, there's the rub,
for in that cessation of death, what rebirths may come,
when we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
must give us pause. There's the respect
that makes Calamity of so long life:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time,
the Oppressor's wrongdoing, the proud man's insults,
the pangs of despised Compassion, the Dharma’s delay,
the insolence by police, and the spurns
that patient merit of the unworthy takes,
when he himself might his quietude make
with a bare samadhi? Who would these burdens bear,
to grunt and sweat in weary samsara,
but that the dread of something after death,
the undiscovered country, from whose bourn
no traveler returns with memory in tact, puzzles the will,
and makes us rather bear those ills we have,
than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus egoism does make cowards of us all,
and thus the native hue of the Bodhisattva Vow
Is sicklied o'er, with the pale cast of Erroneous Thought,
And from sitting with great pith and moment,
to this regard their practice turns away,
And loses the name of Bodhisattva Action.

[With due apologies to The Bard, dashed off in a flash of FaceBook fun, so begging the reader's pardon for any wrinkles of confusion.]
_/|\_
Gregory
Why you do not understand is because the three carts were provisional for former times, and because the One Vehicle is true for the present time. ~ Zen Master 6th Ancestor Huineng
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Re: A Zen Soliloquy

Postby bokki on Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:45 pm

lol Gregory iv read it 7 times now
THANK YOU
post some more more more
we c it
and love it

and if u could please add 1 sentence so our common minds understand d depth?
please?
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Re: A Zen Soliloquy

Postby bokki on Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:30 pm

and btw iv read ur link 2 d Lighthouse...will b reading that
and went 2 ur blog, read d 1 bout 1 vehicle...lol sir!
y u dont post here more? please!
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Re: A Zen Soliloquy

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:59 pm

Lovely poem Gregory thanks for sharing.

The Bodhisattva path is our destination,
no matter how hard, we couldn't be more happy with it.
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Re: A Zen Soliloquy

Postby TTT on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:44 am

Nice poem Gregorywonderwheel..

I dont like the words, karma and suffering.

When i feel i feel, unhappy. When i am happy i am, truly.

What is the differens?

And also,
what is the differens, rebirths of moments, movnent to movnent a "constant flow" of mind and consiousness,
moments of awarness.. Everchangin strem, Nirvana spontinusly liberated!

A Celebration of life.

To devot one self and dedecate and welcome the new day, what Joy!
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Re: A Zen Soliloquy

Postby Caodemarte on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:36 pm

Thanks to Gregory!

I heard the theory that Shakespeare was not written by Shakespeare, but by a different man wit the same name. But were his works really written by Gregory, the poet laureate of the Buddhadharma?
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