Compendium

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Introduction:

I understand the value of staying on the path;

it’s just that all the fascinating things are out there,

in the nettles and the brambles,

rotten trees and fungus.

The path I want to follow–

Awakening–

is very overgrown,

despite

absolutely

bristling

with contradictory

signposts.

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the path as job

this is the job i

assigned myself

long ago–

if not to Love Absolutely

(a Herculean task,

perhaps beyond me in this lifetime),

then at least ahimsa

stepping lightly, as lightly,

as i can.

for there are tiny things, fragile things

that will be crushed,

with a careless act–

i cast my cash as a vote for–

ahimsa

i lay my hand, on a child, a cat, a dog, a tree gently–

ahimsa

i place my foot

on a forest path,

a city sidewalk,

an asphalt parking lot–

lightly, so lightly,

with care.

my voice

can be raised in

laughter and song that is–

ahimsa.

{ahimsa is a Sanskrit word meaning “non-harming”}

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Polishing the Mirror To See Shadows Clearly

After

Some time spent

Struggling to LOVE,

It comes as a relief

To admit—

I cannot love you.

If

In your unreasoned rage,

Or greed-filled heart,

You damage something defenseless—

I cannot love you.

If

You intentionally,

Or even carelessly,

deliver:

Pain, fear, misery—

I cannot love you.

I understand—

You are wounded,

Or threads of

Thought and feeling snarl

Inside.

But still,

I cannot love you.

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Clarify

If I

Respect

the Buddha-nature of

the dog,

I can do no less for humans.

For,

What would Dog do?

But I am:

lazy

impatient

fragile

a weak vessel.

And the

love

devotion

loyalty

and acquiescence

of Dog

do not come easily to me.

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to be continued…

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