Bowing Bodhisattva Dharmakara

“We are liberated, not by an external being or force, but by the bowing that is realized in us.”-  Nobuo Haneda

 

In the midst of timeless time,
Bodhisattva Dharmakara, being filled
With great compassion, began bowing.

He bowed to each blade of grass,
And to each flower that ever bloomed,
He bowed to the ocean and to each wave,

to each cloud and drop of rain that returns
time and time again to the sea.
In the midst of timeless time,

Bodhisattva Dharmakara being filled
with great compassion, began bowing.
He bowed before the winds of the four

directions, bowed to the earth & before
each rock of every mountain, bowed
before each star in innumerable

star fields and before each and every
sentient being suffering the foolish dreams
of a separate self and the endless karmas

of delusion- and the more he bowed the more
he found and  there in the midst of timeless time,
Bodhisattva Dharmakara found you there in your

very heart mind, and bowed deeply before you just as you are,
and in the deepest of compassion, born of wisdom;
there vowed to never abandoned you,

Dharmakara made an open hearted promise to you and only
you and to the innumerable Buddhas singing the dharma
in every atom, to carry you and only you and all of creation

to the Other shore, across the river of suffering
to the land of bliss.  Now with Amida, like each drop of rain
that returns to the great sea of compassion, time and time

again, we will return, as compassion itself, and more
innumerable than the sands of the Mississippi, each
and every one a Bodhisattva bowing to all those suffering,

and to all the Buddhas in the midst of timeless time.

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