Story: the unpaintable

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What is it that moves you?

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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  1. Thank you for reblogging this. What a great story. I’m finding some of those same feelings about other haiku writers. Now I wonder what haiku I can create by chasing after those ideals. Perhaps finding the perfect haiku for a moment is an even loftier goal. It definitely feels further out of reach. Maybe you can help me identify where I read this, but I read somewhere to write one good haiku makes one a haiku poet. To write five makes one a master, or something like that. I remind myself of that when I’m feeling discouraged. Thank you for your supporting visits. :)

  2. This was wonderful. Making a “real” connection with another, whether for a few moments or a lifetime. Feeling Deeply. This is what touches me.

  3. Nice post. What moves me is creativity and connection. I’m happiest when I’m writing or painting or drawing or playing music or inventing etc. etc. Or when I’m helping someone else (usually finding their creativity). :)

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