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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: 251
Comments: 66
Views: 222,179

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
At the place where victory
Wasn't assured, wasn't preordained
A warscape 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: 263


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: 620


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: 754


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: 750


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: 754


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: 821


In General Footsteps Disappearing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #245 New 12-04-2016 01:01 AM
Footsteps Disappearing

Through my open window
The moon's light limitless
I inhabit my absence
My heart-mind at peace
My true nature comes forth
I think of walking on falling snow
Footsteps disappearing
With each step



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Views: 762


In General At the Water-Hole Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #244 New 11-27-2016 12:31 AM
At the Water-Hole

Late at night
At the water-hole
Animals think nothing
Of drinking in the moon
In the water
If I joined them
What would happen?



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Views: 771


In General Quiet Mystery Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #243 New 11-20-2016 01:04 AM
Quiet Mystery

Candlelight crowds the night
In quiet mystery
Thought and silence
Merge together
In primal unity
Who else knows of this?



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Views: 742


In General Blue Cliff Record Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #242 New 11-13-2016 04:29 PM
Blue Cliff Record

Reading The Blue Cliff Record
Sometimes I get a glimmer
Just a faint glimmer
Of understanding
Then it disappears
But, then, I've been reading
It for years, years
And still not finished
Perhaps there is still time



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Views: 796



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