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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
James Sawers

This poem and others are available in my books, Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things....and, Nothing Special, and Nothing Matters..., available thru Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions and Barnes & Noble websites.....Also available as an e-book via Smashwords.com. Try this link: www.nothing-works.com for the full array of options.
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Status: Public
Entries: 332
Comments: 68
Views: 335,799

In General Master Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #332 New 04-14-2019 07:28 PM

Please take me to the far shore
I cannot reach it alone
The Promised Land beckons
Please, help me!
Movement gives the illusion of progress
Am I progressing, Master?
I chant
I breathe in the incense
I purge myself
I meditate
Wait till the last sentient creature
In the universe is enlightened?
That's a really long time!
How do I know I've reached Buddhahood?
In whatever I do?
But, but…
I have to break myself?
How do I do that?
Hard work?
But, but…
Can't you just give me the
Magic mantra?

Views: 61

In General Mono No Aware Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #331 New 03-10-2019 04:53 PM
Mono No Aware

That sadness of being human
Mono no aware
The reality of life
Reflecting back on all the years
All the lost years
If I could go back to my youth
And explain, caution
Be kind, be gentle, be human
To yourself and others

I told someone once
That I didn't think people
Become fully human
Till they are at least forty
But, I don't suppose some people
Ever become fully human
Regardless of their age
Tears of things past
A weary perspective
That gives me pause
But little comfort

Views: 122

In General Nothing Else Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #330 New 02-24-2019 07:02 PM
Nothing Else

Focus on your breath
And nothing else
See where it leads to
For me, it leads to pain
But, beyond
Beyond I see
I see something else

Views: 147

In General Nanakorobi Yaoki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #329 New 02-03-2019 07:37 PM
Nanakorobi Yaoki

Seven times down
Eight times up

Damn, I've actually lost count
Of all the times I was
Knocked down or fell down
But, I still get up

Views: 224

In General Oh, Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #328 New 01-25-2019 02:08 PM
Oh, Buddha

Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional

Oh, Buddha
How much I hate you!

Views: 196 | Comments: 2

In General Chop Wood, Carry Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #327 New 12-23-2018 05:17 PM
Chop Wood, Carry Water

Before enlightenment:
Chop wood, carry water
After enlightenment:
Chop wood, carry water
No difference….
Why bother, then?
The actions are the same
But, how you do them
How you feel about them

Views: 208

In General Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #326 New 12-12-2018 06:53 PM

I find that when I try to grasp water
It turns out to be an exercise in futility
But, my hands still get wet

Views: 188

In General The Narrow Road Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #325 New 10-31-2018 06:20 PM
The Narrow Road

Does it have to be hard?
Does the Way have to be difficult?
Why not easy?

Sit down -- contemplate
See the simple, easy Way
A wide open Path

With tempting promises
Everywhere you look
Far and wide

Now, view the Narrow Road
To the interior of self
Not a Starbucks in sight!

Views: 308

In General Power of Bliss Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #324 New 09-08-2018 06:20 PM
Power of Bliss

She sits in my lap
The power of bliss
Pouring through us
She is my goddess of dawn
And brings joy beyond belief

Views: 332

In General Walking the Path Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #323 New 09-01-2018 07:03 PM
Walking the Path

Walking the path
I approach the gate
Passing the gate proved easy
So, gaining confidence, I continued
With more faith and more energy
Till I approached another gate
With a little more struggle
I passed this gate too
Ahead, I see yet another gate
Ah, each gate is not the gate
But a gate, one apparently, of many
But all gates are on the same path
Each gate is not a barrier to overcome
But a threshold to leap through
Offering and gaining new insights
New meanings, with each passage
Now, when I approach a new gate
I pause and thank it for the lesson
Before passing on through

Views: 284

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