Category Archives: Bamboo Leaves

AS A THING IS VIEWED, SO IT APPEARS

The Emerald Buddhais not made of emeraldbut a kind of greenand mutton coloured jadestone. Nor is it a Buddha,though seated on a gilded throneabove our heads;though presented every yearwith new robes by the King himself;though credited with magical powersof healing … Continue reading

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KARMA

Karma runs its courselike some great firethat burns towards extinction;except that, all the while,more fuel is added to the pile. In the clearing up,each has his shareor, like blue-necked Siva,seeks to swallowall the poison everywhere. .

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ID CARD

The coloured poster on the bus shelter is specific;the Cremation of the Great Teacherwill be held at the Temple of the Celestial Jewel.Donations are invited for coffins, funeralsand scattering the ashes in the river. In the middle of Chulalongkorn Hospital,is … Continue reading

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GAOLER’S KEYS

A poemopens a windowin the prison wall. If it’s not a poem,it’s just a pictureon the wall. Who paints pictureson the prison wallis surely in the gaoler’s pay. May all beings be happy!May they be free from ill will!May they … Continue reading

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BAMBOO LEAVES

Their leaves of grass emerge and fade;with windblown rustling tongues converse.The grove has grown throughout the universe,spreads everywhere its pleasant living shade;creating north south east and west(the fierce, unending struggle to be best);relentlessly growing.The variety is unimaginable,the sameness unknowingand unknowable. … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY EXIT

I must be present nowbefore I can have a past;I must be present nowto create a future then. If I still my present mindand exchange present thoughtsfor nothing at all,I have escaped past and futureand achieved a timeless peacewith no … Continue reading

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TWO TREES

Khun’s house stands impermanentlyby a large and ancient Bodhi tree.This has lent him its shadesince the house was first madeand has spread its branches comfortably.Under such a tree was Buddha enlightened.Hundreds of birds come hereto nest,to rest,to watch the night … Continue reading

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