Saturday, November 30, 2013

Surveillance


We are children
watching children.

A healthy land
doesn't have to spy
on its own people.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two Sides


What faces east faces sunrise.
What faces west faces sunset.

Two sides of the same house.
Two sides of the same day.

What faces outward faces us.
What faces inward faces Tao.

Two sides of the same face.
Two sides of the same One.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Less


Gratitude is within
everyone's grasp.

An ungrateful life
will always feel less.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Darker Poverty


Disdain for the undeserving poor
is the hallmark of those
who suffer a darker poverty.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Even in Us


Grass thrives even in cities.
Art thrives even in towns.
God thrives even in churches.
Tao thrives even in us.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Big Enough


To transcend
the limits of thought
is to give up language
and numbers.

Inner and outer worlds
intersect here.
It is a vast space.
Big enough for everyone.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Knock.


Knock,
and the door will open.

All doors are open
along your inner path.

Walk on through.
Take what you need.

There will always
be more.

No need to be afraid.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Making Better Lives


If he works for us
in some distant place
to make things
or grow things
or tend things
that make our lives
better,
why is it so hard
for us to pay him
a living wage?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

No Dwelling Place


No home endures.
No settlement is permanent.
No city stands without end.

That which lasts forever
needs no dwelling place.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Water's Edge


The water's edge
is a boundary
between what is above
and what is below.

Silence is a boundary, too,
between what is clear
and what is still unknown.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Shining Face of Tao


Emptiness is never empty.
Fullness is never full.

When I go looking for Tao,
I see nothing new.

When I stop looking,
Tao shines from every face.

Friday, November 15, 2013

More than Open


Generosity is more
than an open hand.

Sincerity is more
than an open mind.

Compassion is more
than an open heart.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Garden Spot


Rough, hard places
offer fertile ground
for beauty and grace
to take root and grow.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Six Dreams


Dreams of the future.
Dreams of escape.
Dreams of what we do not know.
Dreams of our fears.
Dreams of freedom from fear.
Dreams of waking up.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Leading the Way


The best leader
seeks the Way,
and when she finds it,
she follows it for herself.

Following the Way
is the best way
to lead the way.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sight Lessons


Jesus didn't come
to save sinners from hell.

He came to teach
the spiritually blind
that God is within us all.

It is our own fear
of the hells we create
that keeps us in darkness.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nameless


When I name myself,
I make myself small.

It is my nameless self
that contains worlds.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Summit


Mountaintop
experiences
do not require
a mountain.

One does not
have to be asleep
to wake up.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Voice


It only takes
one voice
to bring down
power and injustice --
if enough voices
echo its call.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Touching the Heart


If nothing touches your heart,
how do you know you have one?

If everything touches your heart,
how do you know it's yours?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Five Escapes


The escape from childhood
leads into independence.

The escape from independence
leads into distractions.

The escape from distractions
leads into inner silence.

The escape from inner silence
leads into awareness of Tao.

There is no escape from Tao,
only escape from awareness.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fish


Fish in the ocean of wisdom,
and whatever you catch
will satisfy your hunger.

Fish in the ocean of doubt,
and whatever you catch
will slowly poison your mind.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Two Sides the Same


If every boundary
is an illusion,
then every bridge
is an illusion, too.

We are one.
We are not one.

Two sides
of the same line.