Monthly Archives: November 2014

For No Reason

This slow dry autumn Ignites the leaves Flaming beneath open skies. Stray mist Paints floating mountains Without a why. A spilt seed Knife cut red with tomato The old candle burnt out The cold embers of last night All congeal … Continue reading

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The Madman’s Middle Way

I have recently been reading The Madman’s Middle Way by Donald S Lopez Jr, which tells the story of the Dge lugs Tibetan monk, Gendun Chopel, as well as giving a translation and commentary on his posthumously published book, Adornment … Continue reading

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And after the rain

Experience generates existence Self the necessity of history History then begins to unfold from self. No self?  No meaning? Is self itself its meaning? End seeking- Just become what you are. Overcome all limitation Transcend transcendence This is the destiny … Continue reading

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The First Rain

Interpretation needs other perspectives Reaching tentatively into the dark We only illuminate the already seen. Soft! What light breaks Valley from mountain Green leaf from russet? Rain sombre light Heavy leaves fall A maple carpets the steps. In darkness Only … Continue reading

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Yellow throws gold throws red

Like a bowl tipped toward the Pyrenees This shadow-damp home Waits patiently for the sun Watching the slow forest fire burn Yellow gold orange red.

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The Call

Turning to the call Silence It changes everything. The maple shimmers The velvet green oak The wind speaks it all. Quicksilver The eye does not see This vast body – Vairocana. Yet the senses Alive Questing this new light. It … Continue reading

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Donations

I’d like to thank those people who have donated to the NFZC project – it means a lot to receive this encouragement from places as far afield as Canada, Germany and Vietnam. Your support is helping me and those people … Continue reading

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Song

This zen teaching Not there All the way down. Everything Comes Now. November sun Comes in birdsong Going deep. Cloudless Soulless Thoughtless. Despair Joy Come in soft gold. In the blood Matchless Forest fire. Apple blossom Fallen leaves Rotten fruit. … Continue reading

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Morning

What stirring makes Morning shadow Rise? Rough cut Slow cut It is still early. Hat Padded jacket They call this summer. Emotions leave little space for life. The underside before The outside after My skin feels the way. A sombre … Continue reading

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