Moment of Death


frozen in time
two swordsmen face to face
neither blinking

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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    • Dear Confessions,

      Thank you for your kind comments. In response to your question I suggest the following:

      1. Read everything you can. It is important to study what has come before. Go to the library and get a poetry anthology and see what speaks to you. Reading will inspire you, add to your knowledge base and increase your vocabulary.

      2. Break out of your comfort zone. Get out and do things new to you. This will increase your base to draw on for your writing.

      3. Keep a journal of ideas. Have one with you at all times even by your bed. When that moment of inspiration hits do not wait write it down then. Even a few words or a phrase is food or thought.

      4. Write! This may seem simple but try and write everyday. It will help you develop the habit and improve your writing.

      This list is not complete by any stretch but I hope this helps.

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