Discarded?

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Juxtaposition
A discarded rocking chair
Newly built skyline

The other day I went for a walk in the Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park. It is an abandoned limestone quarry that has been converted into a Nature Preserve. As I walked up the hill I noticed that someone brought a chair up to the top of the hill. The chair faces west and I imagine has a wonderful view of the sunset, you can also see the “Willis Tower” aka Sears Tower too. Bringing this chair up was no easy feat as the walk is uphill and slippery. The chair really made me think about the reason and purpose for it being placed there. I hope you look at your surroundings and ponder the “Why” of it all.

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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