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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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, 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: 255
Comments: 66
Views: 228,921

In General Intent Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #255 New 02-19-2017 01:15 AM
Intent

Alive with intent
I move to the edge
And jump off



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Views: 192


In General Answers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #254 New 02-12-2017 01:55 AM
Answers

I was born
To pain, doubt, fear,
Perhaps, with some relief
And, maybe some love
But, such are the conditions
Of all births, surely
I learned to navigate
The ups and downs, downs,
More downs, of life
I tried not to become too bitter
And was as successful as some
Perhaps, most...
I sought out answers
To this and that - and more this
I even sought out answers
To questions I didn't even know I had
A much more difficult task
Let me assure you
Sometimes I catch glimpses
Fleeting glimpses of something
Something beyond the obvious, but
As Lord Buddha once said:
You're fucked whatever you do!
At least, that's what I think he said
But, then, he was always
Saying weird shit -
Weird to me, anyway
Be that as it may
While I still search
I don't, in actuality, expect
To find any real answers



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In General Silence & Stillness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #253 New 01-29-2017 01:53 AM
Silence & Stillness

Only in silence and stillness
Can you truly know yourself
From this source of knowledge
And deep, deep strength
You can go forth
And swim in the sea of suffering
That is called the world
And actualize the path to end it



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Views: 746


In General Who am I? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #252 New 01-22-2017 07:03 PM
Who am I?

Tell me, who are you?
The Buddha is queried
I am he who woke up.
Was the response
So goes the ancient story
So simple, so profound
So, when I sit, once settled
I start off my session
With that very question:
Who am I?
I let it reverberate
Bounce around inside my head
I watch it slip over the edge
And come back up
Again and again
Who am I?
Who am I?

I am still waiting for an answer



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Views: 814


In General Dojo Tiger Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #251 New 01-15-2017 01:20 AM
Dojo Tiger

He had mastered kata
And thought himself invincible
A real dojo tiger
But he had not thought beyond
Beyond mere form, mere kata
To the place where victory
Wasn't assured, wasn't preordained
A battlescape where blood,
Pain, and death lived

The awakening was shocking
Was brutal - but his opponent
Called blood, pain, and death, home
To be treated with the fear and respect
They deserve and demand
And be paid a regular tithe
So, planning for victory
Also meant planning for defeat
The opening was where it always was
In the space between the forms -
The gaps - where true victory lies



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Views: 826


In General Step Through Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #250 New 01-08-2017 01:01 AM
Step Through

Only in pain
Can you know pain
Only in joy
Can you know joy
Only in experience
Can you know experience
Thinking and learning
Will only get you so far
Drop them off at the threshold
Mystical everyday life beckons
Step through



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Views: 784


In General Flowers Bloom Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #249 New 12-31-2016 08:51 PM
Flowers Bloom

A monk shits in the woods
Flowers bloom in multicolored forests
The sun hurries across the sky
As does the silver moon
What does it all mean?
Everything? Nothing?
Yes



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Views: 851


In General Promise Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #248 New 12-25-2016 12:10 AM
Promise

At this time of year
When I do zazen
And I am deep
Deep into the silence
The deepest silence
I hear something
A whispering something
Coming closer, closer
And I see a light - reddish

With a subdued roar
And swish of parting air
Rudolph, leading eight friends
Passes over me
On a mission of joy
But, looking back at me
Santa smiles in understanding
With a promise to return
When I am ready



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Views: 776


In General The Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #247 New 12-18-2016 03:26 AM
The Moon

The moon high in the night sky
My mouth, full of moonbeams
I am speechless, finally



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Views: 768


In General Snow Falls Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #246 New 12-11-2016 12:13 AM
Snow Falls

The snow falls
Quietly, thickly,
With implacable efficiency

Even as it kills me
I bow in gratitude
For the beauty revealed



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Views: 838



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