Blue pines and green bamboos

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Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:35 am

Blue pines and green bamboos
Shade my window,
Flowers smile,
Warblers sing by my hermitage.
As I climb the stone steps,
I see the strengths of cedars;
At the pure cool mountaintop,
Buddha is bright and vivid.

- Deiryu

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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby Luke » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:35 pm

Hmm, very pretty, but I think it's important not to be overly attached to serenity and the countryside. Samsara and Nirvana are not separate. Enlightenment can be found in loud, noisy, dirty cities as well.

Here's my urban version:

Grey skyscapers and neon billboards
Illuminate my window,
Passersby don't smile,
Police sirens wail near my apartment.
As I climb up the stairwell,
I see graffiti on the walls;
On the roof of my building,
Buddha is bright and vivid.

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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:51 pm

Luke, I like it. I live in the city too. I like to imagine I can hear mantra in the buzz of cars zipping by...

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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby Luke » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:41 pm

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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby dumb bonbu » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:19 pm

beautiful Ngawang! can i ask the source - website or book?

i love your modification too Luke! do you write your own as well? i agree, it's important not to get to hooked on this romantic image of hermits treeking into the wilderness amongst the pines and mountain mists...besides which, the reality of that life must be a great deal harder than i'd care to imagine!

it's as you say, the Dharma is to be found and cultivated in any environment...reminds me very much of something someone shared on another forum of how 'the lotus grows in the mud'....still, i do wonder if serenity and the wilderness can be more conducive to cultivation than the saha world of noise and endless distractions - leisure, buisness etc. most us live in?
Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran



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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:51 am

Hi dumb bonbu,

I found the poem at a website, and now I can't find it again. Sorry!
If I run across the site again I'll let you know.

Kindly,
Laura

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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

Postby dumb bonbu » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:17 am

Although I too am within Amida's grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and
illumines me always.
- Shinran



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Re: Blue pines and green bamboos

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