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Buddha Poetry/ Poetry Buddha


… it is really important to recognize that this text is poetry and we need to read it as poetry because the quality of experience is an aesthetic appreciation, a direct experience. it is not an analytic construct. we want to use the poetry to free ourselves, rather than to wrap ourselves in ever more concepts. – James Low; Being Right Here referring to Dzogchen treasure text.

we are always wearing ruby slippers.

essence of all things is loneliness
loneliness is not what you think

we are no thing – PDL


The main point is what Buddha once said: “I discovered something profound and luminous beyond all concepts. I tried to communicate it with words, but nobody understands. So now I will meditate alone in the forest”. This verse of Buddha is the conclusion of the teachings. – Chogyal Namkhai Norbu


the duck of sport, love and compassion with  buddha

the duck of sport, love and compassion with buddha

There’s no place to go, so stay

Its not about going

but staying


Its not about looking

but seeing


Its not about doing

but stillness


Its not about acceptance

but allowing

the thing is, the buddha didn't go - he stayed

the thing is, the buddha didn’t go – he stayed


How Do We Have A Good Life?

preparing for death is all we really can do.
so doing that well,
is enough



Paper by Thich Nhat Hanh,


If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. “Interbeing” is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix “Inter-” with the verb “to be,” we have a new verb, inter-be… Looking even more deeply, we can see ourselves in this sheet of paper too. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, it is part of our perception. Your mind is in here and mine is also. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper. We cannot point out one thing that is not here–time, space, the earth, the rain, the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat. Everything co-exists with this sheet of paper. –Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

mix media by morgan lyons

mix media by morgan lyons


We can never obtain peace, The Dalai Lama, in The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness

We can never obtain peace

We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves. World peace must develop out of inner peace. Without inner peace it is impossible to achieve world peace, external peace. Weapons themselves do not act. They have not come out of the blue. Man has made them. But even given those weapons, those terrible weapons, they cannot act by themselves. As long as they are left alone in storage they cannot do any harm. A human being must use them. Someone must push the button. Satan, the evil powers, cannot push that button. Human beings must do it.

–The Dalai Lama, in The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness




Blonde In The Bleachers by Joni Mitchell from For The Roses

just joey and buddha

just joey and buddha


Blonde In The Bleachers
by Joni Mitchell

The blonde in the bleachers
She flips her hair for you
Above the loudspeakers
You start to fall
She follows you home
But you miss living alone
You can still hear sweet mysteries
Calling you
The bands and the roadies
Lovin’ ’em and leavin’ ’em
It’s pleasure to try ’em
It’s trouble to keep ’em

‘Cause it seems like you’ve gotta give up
Such a piece of your soul
When you give up the chase

Feeling it hot and cold
You’re in rock ‘n’ roll
It’s the nature of the race
It’s the unknown child
So sweet and wild
It’s youth
It’s too good to waste

She tapes her regrets
To the microphone stand
She says “You can’t hold the hand
Of a rock ‘n’ roll man
Very long
Or count on your plans
With a rock ‘n’ roll man
Very long
Compete with the fans
For your rock ‘n’ roll man
For very long
The girls and the bands
And the rock ‘n’ roll man”
© Joni Mitchell




i love rock n roll

i love rock n roll*

*unknown photographer

a practitioner shouldn’t show off & buddha is not a creator god

unknown photographer

unknown photographer

a practitioner shouldn’t show off

a practitioner shouldn’t show off except at the time of death, when best is to laugh, next best it to be unafraid and third best is to have no regrets –

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Blazing Splendor.

pd lyons photo artist unknown - paris

pd lyons photo artist unknown – paris

Buddha is not a creator god

– Buddha is not a creator god. A Buddha does not manage the universe, controlling sentient beings destiny, rewarding some punishing others.

-Someone doesn’t work for countless great eons to become enlightened and then just relax and go to sleep.

–Thubten Chodron – How To Free Your Mind : Tara The Liberator


Have a good look, stop the breath, peel off the skin, and everybody ends up looking the same. No matter how long you live, the result is not altered – Who will not end up a skeleton? – zen master Ikkyu from Zen 24/7 by P.T. Sudo. Harper,2001,SF.


may all who journey remember

may all who journey remember

No one here gets out alive…. – J. Morrison




Courage – a fierce and terrifying band of samurai…





A fierce and terrifying band of samurai was riding through the countryside, bringing fear and harm wherever they went. As they approached one particular town, all the monks in the town’s monastery fled, except for the abbot. When the band of warriors entered the monastery, they found the abbot sitting at the front of the shrine room in perfect posture. The fierce leader took out his sword and said, “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know that I’m the sort of person who could run you through with my sword without batting an eye?” The Zen master responded, “And I, sir, am the sort of man who could be run through by a sword without batting an eye.” – as told by Sylvia Boorstein



postmeditation – Chogyam Trungpa

just joey and buddha

just joey and buddha

Postmeditation as well as sitting meditation is symbolized by the syllable AH. AH represents openness and humor—it represents dharma, the truth of the teaching. When we become aware of something, we say AH! People tend to think of meditation practice as a way of calming down and soothing yourself. But in Buddhism there is a sense of AH! You are not trying to calm yourself down—you are trying to be awake as opposed to asleep.

—“Leading a Spotless Life” in The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa



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