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
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.