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

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..., 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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In General Samurice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #230 New 08-21-2016 05:48 PM
Samurice

He walked into the dojo
Confident, arrogant even
He said he had black belts
In a number of martial arts
And, now, wanted one in aikido
How long will it take? He asked
I got one in taekwondo in a year
And, I really like that samurice stuff
(Really! Samurice??)
Sensei's reply was nicer
Than mine would have been
But, we did suwari waza
For the entire class that night
We never saw him again



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In General Black Belt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #229 New 08-14-2016 06:33 PM
Black Belt


As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing

As part of a three-some
I stand to the side
Waiting my turn
Watching other aikidoka
On the mat
I watch the ebb and flow
The atemi, the ukemi
The grace, the lack, thereof
I see kyu ranks struggling
Using brute force, and
Too much muscle
Too many muscles
To perform techniques
And, scratch their heads
As some black belts
Moving with speed and precision
Utilize trained strength instead
And do the techniques effortlessly
Still, something seems off
And I don't know what
When my turn comes
I jump right in, but still thinking

As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing



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In General There Is This Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #228 New 08-07-2016 06:55 PM
There Is This


There is this
Thusness...
Suchness...
Concentrate on this
Don't add
Don't subtract
The not-self is not there
Yet is
Sunyata thus tathata
Emptiness thus suchness
Beyond the zafu
Beyond words
Look at the world
With eyes
That have no meaning



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In General Jisei Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #227 New 07-31-2016 05:40 PM
Jisei


Even the sun, the full moon
Are eventually overcome by death
Why should I be different?




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In General Only the Frogs Cried Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #226 New 07-24-2016 06:34 PM
Only the Frogs Cried


As saintly as he was
He ate, he shat, he bled,
He pissed in the night
Young women brought him
Delight and trouble...
Mosquitoes whined in glee
When he sat under a full moon
Frozen icicles hung from him
In the winter
Sweat steamed from him
In the summer
Still, he harmed no one
And brought joy and comfort to some
In the shadow and shade
Of the ginkgo tree's
Whispering leaves - he died
Only the frogs cried




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In General Once Again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #225 New 07-17-2016 04:57 PM
Once Again


The moon visited me tonight
It was full, bright, and lovely
It gently came down
And entered my soul
The glow was exquisite
We conversed for awhile
But, it couldn't stay
I knew this, but still I cried
When it left me in the dark
Once again...




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In General The Easy Way Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #224 New 07-10-2016 08:26 PM
The Easy Way


The Easy Way
Such is my Way
It involves little deprivation
I enjoy drink, women, food
I sleep comfortably
I've never seen a Bodhi tree
I am involved in the world
People tell me that nirvana
Nirvana is not reached this way
Where is my discipline, my sacrifice?
What can I say?
My Way is the Way of Sensation
I am of this world
I am in this world
I am this world
If I ever touch god
I will use all my senses
I will need all my senses
If my Way is seen as easy
It is because it is
Seeking god should not be hard
God is all around us, in us
So, I live a natural, mindful life
Exploring the thing that is me
The world that is me
Traveling my easy path
As long as I can
Towards heaven



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In General Agony & Ecstasy Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #223 New 07-03-2016 04:46 PM
Agony & Ecstasy


My spirit thirsts for the infinite,
For the eternal, for the sacred
Where self and not-self meet
Meet in that blinding clash
Of agony and ecstasy
And what is left
Inhales and exhales the universe




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In General Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #222 New 06-26-2016 08:09 PM
Practice


The mat seems harder today
My body perhaps a little more stiff
A little less responsive
But, the bell rings - thrice
And we bow, and we start
How many years has it been?
How many different faces
Have I bowed to over the years?
No matter
We are all here for the same reason -
Practice - so, let us begin...



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In General Sweat & Struggle Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #221 New 06-19-2016 02:52 PM
Sweat & Struggle


Though I move
And sweat and struggle
My efforts produce little
So, I try again, and again
Day after day, month after month
Year after year, decade after decade
Gis come and go, as do hakama
Weapons sliver and sometimes break
If achievement is my goal
I am in serious trouble



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