Monday, November 30, 2015

Seeking to Control


Honor isn't high.
Dishonor isn't low.

Each carries the seed
of the other within.

Both are ways we seek
to control each other.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Only the Seeking


I can look and look
and not see.

I can listen and listen
and not hear.

Seeing doesn't depend
on the eyes.

Hearing doesn't depend
on the ears.

In the end, only the seeking
truly matters.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Eye Level


The horizon is
always at eye level.

Every boundary is
a matter of perspective.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Deeper Reflection


There is what you see.
There is what I see.
There is what is unseen.

The unseen leads
to deeper reflection.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Separately Whole


Separately whole,
we are islands of
a common ground.

The ocean between us
covers over this
and teaches us fear.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Killers


No food or drink.
No spiritual journey.
No pious life.

The first kills the body.
The second kills the soul.
The third kills the ego.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Whole World


When I listen only to myself,
when I look only at myself,
when I care only about myself,
my world shrinks until
I'm the only one in it.

On the other hand,
I'm a member of
a communal species.
I can't survive without others.

When I discover this,
I start listening to others,
I start looking at others,
I start caring about others,
and my world becomes whole again.


Monday, November 23, 2015

The Last War


We are no longer
warring over territory.
We are no longer
battling over possessions.

Our new wars are fought
over hearts and minds.

They should be fought with
compassion instead of killing,
but the only war we know
how to fight is the last one.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Harder Lesson


Every hand reaches for something.
Our desires are without end.

To reach is not the problem.
Our desires teach us who we are.

To fear what we want also teaches us.
But it is a harder lesson to learn.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three Weapons


Disappointment.
Displeasure.
Disapproval.

Three of the
sharpest weapons
we use against ourselves.

Overcome them within,
and they cannot pierce
from without.

Friday, November 20, 2015

What Should Matter


No color is perfect.
No pigment is pure.

What flows from within
is what should matter.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Playing with Tao


Competition
focuses my mind,
but not my attention.

Awareness
sharpens my attention,
but not my compassion.

Service
hones my compassion,
but not my joy.

Only playing
with Tao can do that.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ten Thousand Homes


Darkness within darkness.
Light within light.

Tao needs no dwelling place.
Ten thousand homes are enough.


Monday, November 16, 2015

The Powerless


You may
have the power
to threaten us
and intimidate us
and terrorize us
and kill and maim us,
but you are powerless
to stop us from forgiving you.
You are powerless
to keep us from asking
our God to heal your fear.
You are powerless
to end our compassion for you.

Powerless against powerless.
Guess which one will win in the end.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Carrying a Mystery


The body is a shell
that carries a mystery.

Unravel the mystery,
and the body
becomes a body again.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

It Takes Two


It takes two
to start a community.
It takes only one
to disrupt it.

More weapons
aren't the answer.
It takes community
to save us.


Friday, November 13, 2015

The Innocent


Violence scatters the innocent
and draws into itself more violence.

Violence may grow and grow,
but innocence cannot be destroyed.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Without Strings


When we stoop
to help those in need,
how often is it because
we want to serve them,
and how often is it because
we want to control them?

Help without strings
is true service.

Easy to admire.
Hard to do.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

No Survivors


When two support one,
the work is easy.

When ten support one,
the work gets harder.

When 100 support one,
the work is almost impossible.

When billions support one,
no one survives.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

No Reason


The battle is always
fear against fear.

Compassion has
no reason to fight.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Three Trees


The first is for shade
when the sun beats down.

The second is for shelter
when the rains beat down.

The third is for sanctuary
when the gods beat down.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Even Less


The less one has,
the more one knows
how important it is
to help those who
have even less.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Wild Garden


What a wild garden
we humans have become.

Half want security.
Half want freedom.

Freedom without security
is fragile and easily scattered.

Security without freedom
poisons itself over time.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sharpened


God is in the cloud.
Allah is in the mist.
Tao is in the fog.

When I can't see the Divine,
my other senses sharpen.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nameless


Before every tree
there was another tree.

Before every child
there was another child.

Before every name
there was only the nameless.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Good Luck


If you won't
let yourself see
yourself as worthy
to contain God,
then you're trying
to limit the Divine.

Good luck with that.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Making Ourselves


We make ourselves angels
so we won't feel guilty
about the pain we cause.

We make ourselves demons
so we won't feel responsible
for the pain we cause.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Death of Heaven and Hell


Heaven and hell are
two ends of a staircase.

We want to blame God for them,
but we're their creators, not God.

We make hell out of our fear.
We make heaven out of our desire.

Fear and desire end at the grave.
Heaven and hell die when we do.