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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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: 360
Comments: 68
Views: 611,744

In General Self-Hood Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #340 New 09-29-2019 07:36 PM

To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
Is like looking into a mirror
And saying:
Look, I have discovered reality
Can self explore self
And declare self-hood?

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In General Outcome Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #339 New 09-21-2019 07:59 PM

I have a friend, and sometimes our
conversations get a little weird.

I take a phenomenological approach
to the world
. He said

What do you mean? I asked

Well, I view the world based on
my subjective experiences.

So, I replied, you're a Buddhist?

No. Wait. What?
I never thought of it that way.

So, is your subjective approach
working for you?

Well, I tend to get a little depressed.
I despair of finding the Truth

Is that American existentialist despair?
Or, Buddhist despair?

Whoa, wait, what's the difference?

The outcome.

Views: 838

In General Cresting the Wave Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #338 New 09-01-2019 04:56 PM
Cresting the Wave

Cresting the wave
Feeling it power
Feeling its surging purpose
Heading headlong towards
Towards the far horizon

But, looking behind me
I see other waves following
Wave after wave after wave
All upon a motionless ocean
Without end...

Views: 1107

In General Tea Time After Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #337 New 06-08-2019 09:04 PM
Tea Time After Aikido

After Aikido class
We all go to a coffee shop
(Some have tea!)
We are mostly too old to
Care to go to a bar…
And, sweat cooling
We all discuss the class
Techniques, successes, failures
General pain and suffering
And then usually move
On to other subjects
(Religion, Politics, War, Logic,
Math, Science, Stupidity, etc.
all the common ailments
of Humankind)
A long-time class tradition
An open invitation
Sometimes outsiders join us
Old café denizens creeping out
Of the dark recesses of the coffee shop
Drawn to our charisma!
Calling us Sensei, Ninja Master…-
Who are we to disabuse them
And crush their souls?
But, then, Joseph starts talking
And we are all brought down to Earth
Still, we miss him when
He is gone and like him
So, we smile and nod our heads
(Sometimes slapping his)
And let the Aikido universe spin on
With cup o'tea in hand

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In General Wandering Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #336 New 05-21-2019 04:36 PM

I exist in a world that
Is not as it seems
It is so easy to get lost
I long to see past the illusion
Past misleading thoughts
I seek the hidden principles
The true reality behind it all
To find my true self
And finally become conscious
I fart and stand up, stretching
From my lotus position
Am I conscious, yet?
How would I know?

The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief
that one is already conscious.

~ P.D. Ouspensky
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In General Conversing In Silence Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #335 New 05-05-2019 07:46 PM
Conversing In Silence

How many times are you going
to read all this stuff?
I mean, you always read stuff.
When does it end?
Are you that much smarter, now?
And you are always doing those weird things,
you know, martial arts and meditation stuff.

Well, I could say it is a process.
I am ignorant.
I am trying to learn how to BE
So, I read and read.
I study
I practice.

Yeah, I get that.
But, when does it end?

Think of it as a ladder, or,
if you are older, like me, an escalator.
One day I will no longer need to climb.
I will just sit
Just sit and be still
Bypassing all the learning
Bypassing all the processes
Actually trying to unlearn all my learning
To be unwise, as it were
And, BE there -- actually, be HERE

That's it?
That's what all this is about?

Well, yes and no.

Don't give me that mystical mumbo-jumbo.

I'm not trying to, but it's hard to explain.
Being-in-the-world is just the beginning.
It is merely a transition

To what?

Well, I'm sure when I reach that place
I will not have the words to explain it.
It is a non-verbal state, after all.

But, but….

Perhaps then, we both could just sit
and converse in silence, and be unwise

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In General Falling Leaves Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #334 New 04-28-2019 08:25 PM
Falling Leaves

They say that death and sacrifice
Are necessary for life and well-being
That apoptosis - the falling leaves
Of programmed cell death
Lead to a harmonious life

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In General Drop of Eternity Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #333 New 04-21-2019 05:43 PM
Drop of Eternity

This place where we are now
This mere drop of eternity
That is perpetually moving
We can only stop it
If we are still

Views: 1179

In General Master Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #332 New 04-14-2019 08:28 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: 893

In General Mono No Aware Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #331 New 03-10-2019 05:53 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: 972

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