Category Archives: Bamboo Leaves

UNDERTAKER

Saeng (Light) is forty two.“When I was twenty five, I died.”Four men in white with red capsled him away along a gravel road.On either side were sālās,evidence of his good deeds.At the end of the road were monksand he gave … Continue reading

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ASHRAM MELODY

The best way of enough is all gone,for that there is no argument upon. While there is still something in the dishthere is, in Mind, propensity to wish. Wishing is a film that spreads itself like jamand turns the dullest … Continue reading

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DATTA

In the snow forests of Himavāna,Lake Anodāta simmers like a jewelamong green-black trees,slumbers in the scent of jasmine.Its snow-born waters are deep-blue cool,its silence deeper even than the snowsuntil gik-gak gik-gak gik-gak is heardas Gunaras and Gunarees,gold of skin, half-human … Continue reading

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FREEDOM

Freedom from the Pastis the Present.Freedom from the Futureis the Present. The Presentis a crack that runsthrough the universe.Into it everything disappearslike snowflakesinto a bonfire. For Māra’s people,the Presentis a mental spacefilled with memories,thoughts of the Future,sense impressionsand a random … Continue reading

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HE SAID… SHE SAID…

Gossip and slanderis pouring wateron the earth. A knife scraping a stonedoes not bruise it. Even Buddha imagesare tarnished. How can a man of earthescape censure. . .

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MIRROR

I shone a lightinto the mirror of your mind,there was no reflectionand my light disappeared.No recognition beyond the blank starethere. (Poem from BAMBOO LEAVES) .

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THE TREE OF MAN

The flowers of the Strangling Figare fertilised by wasps.Its fruit is delightfulto green pigeons, hornbills, macaquesbarbets, gibbons and langursand ends up in their guts. From there the seedfinds its way to a moist spoton the canopy of a suitable tree. … Continue reading

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