Saturday, August 16, 2008

Me and Buddha (Andrew Kerr)

Your horoscope for August 16, 2008

When we have found our path, we naturally want to start to walk down it, SUSAN. The reverse isn't true despite what you seem to believe. It is quite futile to learn how to walk when you don't know which path to walk upon. This may seem a little obtuse to you and yet it is true. It is desire that creates aptitude and not the reverse.

SONG: Me and Buddha by Andrew Kerr (scroll about halfway down)

Together Under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha's Household by Lin Jensen

POEM: The Buddha's Last Instruction by Mary Oliver

“Make of yourself a light,”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire –
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

QUOTE: "Seeking perfect total enlightenment is like looking for a flashlight when all you need the flashlight for is to find your flashlight." ~ Lew Welch

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