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Hardly Zen: Shadorma

HARDLY ZEN

The kitchen
Is full of half-dones
Started this
Started that
Went off to do something else
In the other room

Dangly Bits And Traps

DANGLY BITS AND TRAPS

Then again
From a Zen
Or Dzogchen
Viewpoint – or Tao
Relax back into Now
Return – Release
Thought destroys Peace
Breeds Illusion
Confusion
All is One
With no one
Real to worry
To fret or hurry
From here to there
Be more than Aware
Ending up being less
And breathless
Breathe in – Breathe out
No mind what it’s all about

Mu

MU

Without attachments
Who would remain to remain
Without attachments

Rice And Barley

RICE AND BARLEY

Two a misapprehension
There is only ever one
And yet are also two
No apprehension too

Like rice and barley
Found mixed up together
Letting go in the moment
Holding without grasping

Chan (23a)

CHAN

Night and day
The sun and the moon
Space and time
Black and white
The dog barks, the cat miaows
What a performance!

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Shadorma November

The Art Of Erasure

THE ART OF ERASURE

Tried to make statements
The more we perfected it
The more we said less

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.”

Floating World

FLOATING WORLD

Present and correct
This warrior monk at drill
Attention … At ease

Dōgen Zenji

DŌGEN ZENJI

A living haiku
The satori of my life
Don’t mind if I do

A Monkish Riddle

A MONKISH RIDDLE

Like an old chestnut
The tree in the forest falls
Silent? Who’s to say?

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