The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunrise at my back
moon set at my heart
the ground is frozen
when I offer incense

This morning the merlin
a line drawn in water
leaving no trace

no trace
a practice with the universe
Dogen's incense tickles my nose

Merlin has his own season
between blackened leaves
and ice skin on the pond
awake, he remains silent

I chant the Nembutsu
Neko-chan jumps into my lap
puts her nose on mine
nose to nose transmission

The sun will not rise
high on the horizon today
yet there is still warmth
that lingers here

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