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"Here, Oh Shariputra, Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form;
Form does not differ from Emptiness, Emptiness does not differ from Form;
- whatever is Empty, that is Form, whatever is Form, that is Empty!" - The Heart Sutra
 
the night is cold
shadows and moonlight
filter through trees
shadows and moonlight
and morning bells
like wind chimes in the oak
people emerge from darkness
dressed in black
dark and silent as zombies
all heading the same direction
 
the zendo is cold
my ears are cold
as I sit in the dark
facing a wall
when a glorious symphony
greets the dawn
squawking chattering scolding birds
what is true Buddha-nature
when you hear the sound of birdsong?
 
the evening is warm
contentment fills the zendo
like a cloud
heavy with moisture
ready to burst
the room smiles
 
    living dying
    laughing crying
    dark of night
    and light of the day
    stormy seas
    and waves of mind
    all things arise
    and pass away
 
The Blessed Lord Krishna said: "This imperishable science of yoga I taught to the sun-god Vivasvan. Vivasvan taught it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn taught it to Iksvaku." - The Bhagavad Gita
 
 
the morning is cold
wind whips my face
into tears
as I trudge through snow
 
the chapel is warm
warm warm warm
with love from my dearest family
dressed in white
candles and shadows
make the darkness inviting
chants echo through the rafters
Ganesha Shadanam
Shadanam Ganesha
Lord Krishna who never sleeps
enter my body
and move me
into glorious forms
             
let the wind blow through me
sun melt my bones
the earth reclaim me
and take me back home