Three New Poems

Blinded by Passions

Blinded by
passions , I
complain
out loud in
the darkness
of my own
making,
not noticing
the one
guiding
the boat
to the Other
shore, not
hearing
in the light

namu amida butsu

 

The Buddha Within

The Voiceless voice
she calls out to me,

with these lips
& this breath.

Astonished that even
as I am, the Buddha

& I are one.
Namu Amida Butsu

 

 

My Foolish Self

My blind self
pierced by Amida’s light

illuminated and dissolved
into the great ocean of compassion

into the Oneness of life
Palms together, embraced

just as I am. each step
with the Buddha,

my truest self,
my Amida self,

the deep flow of the oneness of realty
all beings one with me

palms together and bowing
namu amida butsu,

embraced just as I am.

 

 

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