My Buddha Queen
(for ani la chitta)
My Buddha chant
inside the mantle i wear
of your sweet Sacred scent
throughout the world,
of such vast emptiness!
My Heart Sutra Queen
of dreams that enlighten
the burden of attached detachment,
you never leave my side;
My mystic cloud of unknown knowing,
such numinous of luminous!
of divine singing song /
the tone of this Sacred
humming Buddhist bowl
that embraces primordial timelessness,
the vow i took inside my heart
when i first embraced you forever,
of Bodhisattva knowledge;
i would re-turn
a billion times
throughout a trillion worlds
to taste your Blessedness once more,
in the stars and suns of
the Light from your eyes -
yet burns my soul.
Self-Introspection - A Meditation from SIAM
Self-introspection is not so comfortable - viewing our many contradictions
and encountering our many subjective selves can be a bit disconcerting to say the least, yet very necessary. This important
inquiry is not meant to stifle and cripple us; instead, it is meant to free and liberate us. Without such self-introspection, we cannot advance upon the path. The judgments we make must be made from the standpoint of
objective witness and not subjective victim - the observer who stands outside,
yet within, the perimeters of the viewing scene of self. No movie on television
can compare to the sit-com of our individual lives; for there is no greater content or drama. The only certainty of our existence
is that there is NO certainty; therefore, we must learn to live in a state which
supersedes the changeableness of things. If we do not discover this reality,
we remain forever trapped and bound by the impermanence of life. Ancient, Mystic knowledge teaches us that we are both, the
cause and the effect behind the totality of our life experience; and it teaches us to live in a state of utter detachment.
For this is the only place or state that frees us from the effects of impermanence and places us into simply, the suchness of things. This is the Supreme State. To be a participant,
yet stand outside the participatory process-action as a separated witness is the only way to taste the sweet inside the emptiness
of suchness. He, who can do this, is no longer a victim of existence, but BEcomes a Master over existence and a Witness
to Power. No one, who is not
committed to a continuous meditative practice of self-inquiry or self-introspection, can experience this.
"There are thousands upon thousands of students
who have practiced meditation and obtained its fruits. Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?"
-"The Practice of Meditation," Zen Master Dogen
From "Teachings of the Buddha," edited by Jack
Kornfield, 1993. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com