Buddha found me.

A psychospiritual poem.

I didn’t ask for it.
Buddha brought Dhamma to me.
The conditions were right.
I am lucky!
And, if you have tasted the fruit of the practice, you are also lucky!
If you were born human, you are also lucky!
If you were born with a functioning mind/body, you are also lucky!

 

Yet, luck has nothing to do with it.
Cause and effect and complexity and endlessly interacting ripples dancing across the face of oceanic space-time.
Information is difference!
Information flows across the universe in gigantic currents.
Zoom out.

It looks like tissue!
Like living tissue. Like bone. Or something..
There are voids and heaps/streams of matter and it all ends up looking like mycelium  (mushroom ‘roots’). Or something..
So what?! Ahahahahha!

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Until you are Buddha,
you will not comprehend all the fine details of Kamma

you would do best to withhold judgement until then.
Can you really follow all the effects of a single cause?
No.
The complexity of things ‘as they are’ is too great.
Your mind was not built to comprehend such things.
Buddha grabbed a handful of leaves…

A HANDFUL OF LEAVES

The Blessed One was once living at Kosambi in a wood of simsapa trees. He picked up a few leaves in his hand, and he asked the bhikkhus, ‘How do you conceive this, bhikkhus, which is more, the few leaves that I have picked up in my hand or those on the trees in the wood?

‘The leaves that the Blessed One has picked up in his hand are few, Lord; those in the wood are far more.’

‘So too, bhikkhus, the things that I have known by direct knowledge are more; the things that I have told you are only a few. Why have I not told them? Because they bring no benefit, no advancement in the Holy Life, and because they do not lead to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. That is why I have not told them. And what have I told you? This is suffering; this is the origin of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the way leading to the cessation of suffering. That is what I have told you. Why have I told it? Because it brings benefit, and advancement in the Holy Life, and because it leads to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. So bhikkhus, let your task be this: This is suffering; this is the origin of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the way leading to the cessation of suffering.’

[Samyutta Nikaya, LVI, 31]

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Buddhism is new to my people.
Yet, it is not new to me. I received it as a child.
It’s allll relative 😉 .
Relatively new to my people,
relatively old when compared to the span of my life.
(Buddha has been with me half of my life)

13

I stand on the shoulders of giant hippies and I am proud.
They brought the memes.
(not “meme” as in “funny picture with words”, but “meme” from Richard Dawkins)
I am thankful.

12

I walk around my town,
Olympia,
City of Gods,
and smile at all these old hippies who created these wonderful conditions!

9

Thank you,
my friendly giant hippy ancestors;
thank you!

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Food is abundant in my town. There is a food bank.
Controlling my taste-desire, I can eat what I need to eat.
Beans and tomatoes. Some bread. Some eggs. Some other things.
These things will contribute to my study and practice,
they will allow me to say words to people
about things
in such a way
as to produce more wholesomeness
and to reduce unwholesomeness.

10

Participating in the rat-race-delusion is unnecessary now.

11

For now, I will say: “I am on retreat.”
But, I really hate that word.
When the money-opportunity arises, I will make money.
For now, I will say: “I am on retreat.”

8

“retreat.”
Bah!

Huangbo

Advance, Śramaṇa (Sanskrit: श्रमण, Samaṇa in Pali)!
Advance!

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