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The Weekly Atiśa

THE WEEKLY ATIŚA

Monday: Dream with lucidity, without interference.
Tuesday: Ruffle any surfaces minimally, if not at all.
Wednesday: Scatter your gratitude wherever you go.
Thursday: Leave off criticism; you are the victim too.
Friday: Let go of any wish, any idea of any letting go.
Saturday: Joyfulness is both the source and outcome.
Sunday: Who is it seeking, acknowledging approval?

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“Consider all phenomena to be dreams.
Don’t be swayed by outer circumstances.
Be grateful to everyone.
Don’t brood over the faults of others.
Explore the nature of unborn awareness.
At all times simply rely on a joyful mind.
Don’t expect a standing ovation.”

– Atiśa, 980 – 1054: “Seven Points for Training the Mind and Heart”

(https://mindfulbalance.org/2015/04/21/how-to-train-the-mind/)

Refuge

REFUGE

I take refuge in the spirit that surrounds me
I take refuge in the spirit within me
I take refuge in the path I am travelling
I take refuge in my companions on the path

I take refuge in the spirit that surrounds me
I take refuge in the spirit within me
I take refuge in the path I am travelling
I take refuge in my companions on the path

I take refuge in the spirit that surrounds me
I take refuge in the spirit within me
I take refuge in the path I am travelling
I take refuge in my companions on the path

Mahakasyapa

MAHAKASYAPA

Not a word spoken
“Pick up flower, subtle smile”
Message clear enough

Mu

MU

Without attachments
Who would remain to remain
Without attachments

Not Quite, Not Yet (20b)

NOT QUITE, NOT YET

Letting go
The gurus proclaim
Magic wand
Golden key
We let go, things let us go
We remain attached

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Shadorma November

Just Words

JUST WORDS

They call it karma
Those who call themselves Buddhists
Yet love needs no name

Disambiguation

DISAMBIGUATION

Content or else left discontented.
Full of content or else empty; open to
A blossoming in contentedness.

Void and avoid after all cousins;
It’s all about words and worlds
give or take a letter or two.

“You should stop words and letters,”
Says Dogen, “and learn to withdraw
and reflect on yourself.

“When you do so
your body and mind will naturally fall away,
and your original Buddha nature will appear.”

The Harlequin’s Lament

THE HARLEQUIN’S LAMENT

Dizzy dandy, prancing bear
Forever circling circus clown
Procrastinating Pollyanna
(And paid up part-time Buddhist)

How you wish upon a star
If you could only find, you know
A comfy place, retreat somewhere
A place to sit back, watch them prance

Their mad and merry dance
And not get drawn back in again
Until (upsetting your fragile balance
Of emotion, mind and body

Being no longer possible)
All three resolve themselves
Discover some kind of trove
A presence in the present

There to breathe, reflect
Devise a more viable plan
For the ever impending future
Yet as is – alas, alack – look here

Take a look, the notebook’s
Chockablock – each slot committed
Or where not then pencilled in at least
But maybe next week, next month

We’ll see …

The Middle Way

THE MIDDLE WAY

What’s there
I cannot discern
If I draw back too far

But then on the other hand
If I let myself be drawn in too far
I now can see only a meaningless blur

Recall, my friend … in all things … Balance
Recall, my friend … in all things … Avoid extremes
Recall, my friend … in all things … Find the middle way

Ohne Wörter (Flower Sermon Tanka)

OHNE WÖRTER (FLOWER SERMON TANKA)

I picked a flower
Twirled it between my fingers
Sat waiting, smiling
Till it divulged its secret
But it just withered and died

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