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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. Apart from the political aspect, I’d say you have a nice idea there. Fierce. Yes. To balance the pretentious notion that we can escape from life’s demands by being continually nice and agreeable as a surrogate for transcendental action on the ground, here in the real, as another kind of duty calls.

    • John,
      Thank you for your kind words. It is not all political 🙂 I am a disabled Veteran who sees my fellow soldiers being left by the wayside. I only hope to raise awareness so that perhaps we all can learn to care for each other. If that happens then maybe there will be no Veterans as there might be no need for war. I digress. I am full of hope for the future but prepared to accept the reality. I wish you peace and happiness.

  2. I, too, took that same oath 37 years ago. But I am no Buddhist. I don’t trust myself to attend any of the protests because I tend to meet violence with violence, whether against myself or someone near me. I’m sure it would ultimately not end well for me if there were a billy-club jammed in my ribs or were I to witness one struck across someone’s head, so I’d better just stay home and fume.

    • Yes, I had a hard training in the streets, unexpectedly. From ceramics in the country to a retail footprint in a tough town. At it’s epicentre. Dealing directly with the people in a public venue. What we learn is it’s best to be wise and NEVER show fear. In fact, eradicate it, without losing global awareness (at all times). Under 24/7 pressure of potential violence (mostly from unemployed youth and vested, estsablished power structures), one learns many things. Anyway, that was my bootcamp and about 13 years of continual rotation in a most demanding urban environment. As the social situation on the streets of the UK started to deteriorate with increasing momentum I was able (no choice) to study reality up close and personal. I regard this period as nothing less than an astonishing twist of fate. I learned the meaning of light and dark and where the centre of the whirlwind is and how to use that correctly out in the daily solid – until that became second nature. My understanding of ‘fierce’, as a result of this, is that fierce is fine as a metaphor for being proactive when called. But, fierce as a final solution contains the seeds of its own destruction. So, we occupy the middle ground of stillness where we can scope in the round and only act when that message comes to us as a certainty, and with swiftness, and with no hesitation. As a result of this I was still standing when the moving on time came. Not only this, I had actually gained a position in the pecking order of natural authority and respect in the township. All of which was completely surprising to me, and is even now as I type my last words of the day before bed.

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  4. If any veterans are near central Pa i have room in my house which is old but its warm. I am building a wellhouse so i can access water in the winter. My hose has no plumbing but its warm. hugs Danie

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