Seven Poems

i there…. in the wind…. now in the falling rain…. calling calling us home… Namu Amida Butsu ii Just as I am, right now floating in an ocean of light – the Great Compassion carries me across, –  Namu Amida Butsu iii ” Chanting “Namu Amida Butsu,” which translates as “I entrust myself to the…

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…

Temple Cat

The incense smoke rises, in the summer heat – our eyes half closed, chanting sutras while the temple cat’s paw touches each cheek gently in turn. Then she leaves us to find some shade, and the youngest of us will find her starring at the garden flowers her eyes half open like Honen seeing the…