(g) Unconditional hospitality; November 23 renga

Unconditional hospitality; November 23 renga

“Where there are humans,
You’ll find flies,
And Buddhas.”
~ Kobayashi Issa

there is an ebb and
flow to the places that we
gather to break bread

some hearts are young, old, stubborn;
all are seeking to belong

a meek fly seeks a
warm wall to briefly listen
to joyful voices

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

*Note to those in the USAmerica Happy Thanksgiving –
And happiness to all who gather to everywhere everyday to celebrate lovingkindness*

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(g) Full of awe; November 22 haibun

Full of awe; November 22 haibun

“Learn to pray without ceasing.” ~ Ezra Bayda

It seems that I have been writing forever. Almost more than
anything else i have ever done with my life, maybe except to
breathe.So I also equate the poetry of words strung on a page
as my breath. Some of the thoughts may have been angst filled
walking from an age of discomfort through the age of reason
into the age of adulthood.

Yet every path I take seems to end in question marks. If prayers
are also questions then I have prayed long daily. Everyday with
a variety of voices that flow freely from my thoughts that some-
times get penned.

every breath prays true?
thankful for air, life, and love;
is that not enough?

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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(g) The same boat; November 21 tanka series

The same boat; November 21 tanka series

“Everything belongs, even the bad and dark parts of yourself.
Nothing need be rejected or denied.” ~ Richard Rohr

everything shapes us –
others choices and our own
each; one whole puzzle

some of the pieces seem lost
or adrift at some far sea

being accepted
brings a calming peace; a glue
to mend that distance

negativity dances
all around us everyday

in science that force
is needed, is natural;
like the yin and yang

the past cannot change, only
our reactions moving hence

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang
hence : 2. in the future (used after a period of time).

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(g) Blessings and benefits; November 20 renga

Blessings and benefits; November 20 renga

“The life of a person of Nembutsu is life in the joy of faith.”
~ Zuiken Inagaki

positive thinking,
visualizing goodness,
ripples like water

in the calm pond where lotus
bloom and their seeds fall freely

around the statue
of the figure head always
smiling for us all

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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(g) Spontaneous nembutsu; November 19 haiku

Spontaneous nembutsu; November 19 haiku

“Although my eyes, blinded by passions, do not see the brilliant light which embraces me, the Great Compassion never tires, always casting its light upon me.” ~ Honen

lovingkindness is
a compound word seeking to
exist in every heart

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Notes:1) lovingkindness can also be two words or a hyphenated word, loving-kindness. You can research lovingkindness and find definitions in relationship to several teachings. 3) According to one site the First Known Use of lovingkindness: 1535. 3) though, chesed is found in older documents according to one site (חסד, also Romanized ẖesed) is a Hebrew word commonly translated to mean; mercy, lovingkindness, steadfast love, compassion and even goodness or acts of goodness (acts of lovingkindness).

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(g)Nembutsu is grace; November 18 reverse haibun

Nembutsu is grace; November 18 reverse haibun

“The essential vow of Amida Buddha is so profound that birth in the Pure Land is within the palms of your hands.” ~ Honen

within our grasp all
promises can be attained
through grace of giving

This seems to be the lesson that every major religion teaches. Walk in the footsteps
of the guide who is sometimes named and other times nameless. Or walk off the
beaten path without the crowd; be not one of the blind sheep to bask in rote script.

Humanity must vow to care for those who are helpless, to keep air, water and sustenance
clean. Yet we must also feed those scientists who prefer the accurate accounting of numbers
and facts to uncover some of the mysteries that perhaps we once knew but have become blind or complacent to in our quests for singular survival.

Walking together strengthens individuals. Especially in this electronic age where we tend
to let our fingers walk more than our feet. Let us all vow in our great variety to continue
to believe – if in nothing else, in the grace of goodness.

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

Note: In most areas of the United States the Boy Scouts of America have a program called;
Scouting for Food. If you have received a note on your door, please read it, follow the instructions and donate to this worthy cause today.

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(g) Teachers throughout the ages; November 17 renga (conversation)

Teachers throughout the ages; November 17 renga (conversation)

What is the right way of thinking in Shinshu?
I don’t know it well, but just throw yourself in front of Amida
Buddha and ask him to do whatever he wants to you.
This is my faith.
~ Kobayashi Issa

intuition has
oft been replaced by other
visual signage

so much that humanity
forgets inward listening

does intuition
have other forces that need
doting followers?

teachers who learn from students
are often revered the most

trusting in ourselves
that inner spark; is that truth
enough to exist?

do we have to fall forward
in order to stay ahead?

blind Justice or Faith
seems a great leap that many
take without question

questions help us move forward;
perhaps so do some answers

rainbow answers come
in all shades and flavors; can
we taste that relief?

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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