(g) LIGHT; messaging (reverse haibun) (12.7)

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
Sir Francis Bacon

LIGHT; messaging (reverse haibun)

the cursor blinking
waits to advance – the curse,
blessing; advances –

As the cusser and controller of the keys, the writer walks that odd line through.
Watching the squirrels out the window like acrobats unafraid of tree limb heights.
Spying on the line up of birds taking turns at the feeder. Woodpeckers, Junko,
Mourning dove, mockingbird… pecker, junk, mourning, mocking… is there a
Secret message from nature? That present darkness, swooning like a lost love.
As dawn breaks and the sky turns a faint blue, who else is looking for the light of
the bright sun to shine?

©JP/dh

Light: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/light?s=t
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light

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g) Always do nembutsu; November 28 haibun with tanka

Always do nembutsu; November 28 haibun with tanka

“Within those six syllables (Na-mo A-mi-da Bu), one turns heaven and earth.”
~ Master Lianchi

To me the specific syllables of a prayer are flexible; as a Searcher.
It is the attitude and sincerity that matter above all else to my Heart.
I appreciate support from the positively charged universal Guide.

leaning into wind
the air flows around my face
peace rises softly

internal or external
the song is harmonious

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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(g) A power greater than me; November 26 haibun

A power greater than me; November 26 haibun

“When one abandons the self-perfection project,
whatever precise detail it takes, there emerges
the possibility of genuine acceptance of reality
and faith in something beyond self.”

~ Dharmavidya David Brazier

I have rarely followed the guidance of the popular majority opinion
concerning the commercial reality of how to dress, look or what to
eat. Being a rebel has had some advantages allowing the acceptance
of the Serenity Prayer throughout times of difficulty.

Being a rebel though also has disadvantages. Being different in small
or large groups makes one stand out as different, difficult and maybe
even displeasing to the masses who prefer the same color of light.

It is not my place to judge, only to help, when I can; I have and do.
Remembering that the helping of self is critical when moving forward
in any direction.

with shattered old soul
and a poet’s heart, I allow
repairs by nature

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr

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(g) The presence of the sacred; November 25 haibun

The presence of the sacred; November 25 haibun

“Cast aside idle discussions and go straight to Amida’s Mind.”
~ Zuiken Inagaki

Is nature ever idle? Listen to the conversations of the seasons as you
walk with or without routine to the corners of your yard, or to the depths
of the sea, the heights of known sky or beyond into the welcoming song
of the universe. There is always action. That presence of something to
sally forth too. The hug of our parents, our teachers, or our own reflections
of all that is held within. Sometimes I can truly believe that simple quiet
breathe looking inwardly is the key to opening that door which leads us to
the opportunities of our lifelines and lifetimes. When my mind can connect,
then reflect, then perhaps I am embracing holiness.

Named, Unnamed; listen
when bridging Universal
gaps to Love’s embrace

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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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)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

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(g) Angel of Truth; November 16 haibun

Angel of Truth; November 16 haibun

“Among all living things mountains and rivers, grasses and trees,
even the sounds of blowing winds and rising waves –
there is nothing that is not the nembutsu” ~ Ippen

Many traditions have selected times to open our doors to strangers.
There are also teachings to accept those who are down on their
luck and even look less than appealing – for it is how we treat
those most in need that reveals how deep our traditional lessons
have reached.

If we can believe
heaven can exist on earth
we all are angels

When we walk along everyday paths, we are taught to look for
the possible angel in every heart. To treat with respect those
who are so very different from ourselves. To listen to those who
have no voice and speak for them.

truth questions, listens,
accepts different teachings
with similar goals

©JP/dh

Thirty days of nembutsu

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