If I Spoke

If I spoke from the heart and you could hear You would ride the sound Back to the beginning and see who you really are. If I spoke from the heart, my tears would be a river Running into the sea, an Ocean of sweetest water. If I spoke from the heart, my joyful laughter Would fill the […]

A Forest Monk Speaks

If you find yourself in a Buddhist temple You are not in a Buddhist temple. Though you pray and chant for yourself Night and day, you remain in Hell. Living and dying, are the two not one Happening at the same time? A cobra lifts its head in your path. Teach it to hiss, not bite. […]

Where Does Buddha Sit?

In truth Buddha nature is everything, so then Did Buddha nature play a part in Bombing Nagasaki and Hiroshima and why Are the histories of the Buddhist east As bloody and as savage as the war-torn Christian west? I have no easy answers But offer this Buddha Nature-Nuclear bomb Nirvana a bomb To the illusion […]

A Bodhisattva Speaks of Why The Buddhas Smile

I have been asleep ten thousand years Here, where I live I have been dreaming this side of a river Where smiles are lost The shore of a dream where now In stillness deep Chanting the beat of dragonfly wings Feeling the ache In a mariposa lily opening slowly Know the vibration In sunflower and […]