Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The avenue to no-self

The avenue to no-self    

Take heed, the Buddhists say,
to keep the mirror bright, dust-free.

Or stated in another tradition –
become, as best we might, dust

at the Master’s feet –
self-effacement; mastery in servitude.

Kishizawa Ian was renowned
for his willful nature – a tiger,

self-proclaimed, as a young monk.
As an old abbot – a pussycat;

a callous upon his forehead
from incessant bowing –

his obstinacy turned upon itself
to eliminate his greatest impediment.  

O child of God, a dust grain is the Ocean drop,
the avenue to no-self, Oneness, Love Divine.

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