Thursday, July 19, 2012

I Am The Highway

Pearls and swine bereft of me
Long and weary my road has been
I was lost in the cities
Alone in the hills
No sorrow or pity for leaving I feel

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky

Friends and liars don't wait for me
I'll get on all by myself
I put millions of miles
Under my heels
And still too close to you
I feel


I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightening
I am not your autumn moon
I am the night
The night


I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightening
I am not your autumn moon
I am the night
The night

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Faithful Dog

A dog who didn't know it was abandoned by its master, left patiently waiting in the rain...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Heartless Villain

Earlier you doubted that the six lower worlds exist within the human world, but when I illustrated the point through an analogy, you understood. Perhaps it will be the same with the four noble worlds. I will try to employ reasoning to explain a bit about the matter. The fact that all things in this world are transient is perfectly clear to us. Is this not because the worlds of the two vehicles are present in the human world? Even a heartless villain loves his wife and children. He too has a portion of the bodhisattva world within him. Buddhahood is the most difficult to demonstrate. But since you possess the other nine worlds, you should believe that you have Buddhahood as well. Do not permit yourself to have doubts.

If you cannot see the good in others, how will you find it in yourself? If you do not love and have compassion for them, how will you treat yourself?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Musashi's Maxims

1. Do not turn your back on the various ways of the world.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not intend to rely on anything.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Do not ever think in acquisitive terms.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Do not complain or feel bitterly about yourself or others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do no hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not follow customary practices to the extent they are detrimental.
16. Do not be fond of material things beyond that needed for defense and survival.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them.
20. Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor.
21. Never stray from the Way.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Intergalactic Planetary Sutras

The innumerable worlds in the cosmos are like the eyes of the net. Each and every world is different, its variety infinite. So too are the Dharma Doors (methods of cultivation) taught by the Buddhas.  
I have come to this world eight thousand times. Based in this Saha World, seated upon the Jeweled Diamond Seat in Bodhgaya and all the way up to the palace of the Brahma King, I have spoken in general about the Mind-Ground Dharma Door for the benefit of the great multitude.
Thereafter, I descended from the Brahma King's palace to Jambudvipa, the Human World. I have preached the Diamond Illuminated Jeweled Precepts (the Bodhisattva precepts) from beneath the Bodhi-tree for the sake of all sentient beings on earth, however dull and ignorant they may be.

-- Brahma Net Sutra