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Seven Poems

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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 Buddha of Infinite Light and Life,” is not a form of petitionary  prayer or mantra. It is a means of communication between a relative being or consciousness and the Buddha deep within. When I chant, there is the expression of Namu Amida Butsu not only from this side, but also from the side of the Buddha. “ T. UNNO

 

My mouth,
Amida’s breath.

 

Namandab,
Namandab,
Namandab.

 

 

IV

 

From the West
calling me home

my true self –

V.

Blinded by
passions , I
complain out
loud in
the darkness
of my own

making,

not noticing

the one
guiding
the boat
to the Other

shore, not
hearing
in the light
 
namu amida butsu

 

vi.

 

The Voiceless voice;

she calls out from within,

with these lips

& this breath.
Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Butsu

Astonished
even as I am,

the Buddha
& I are one.

 Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Butsu

 

  

vii.

 

My blind self
pierced by Amida’s light
illuminated and dissolved
into the great ocean of compassion

into the Oneness of life –
Palms together, embraced

just as I am.
Each step with the Buddha,
my truest self, my Amida self –

the deep flow of the oneness of realty –
all beings one with me,
palms together

and bowing,
 

“namu amida butsu,”
“namu amida butsu,”

embraced just as I am.
 
 

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.