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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. Fierce…. first, beautiful haiku, approaching the painful joy of perfection perilously close… don’t know how literal you were being, but it would be worth a lot for me to be able to sit by my grandmother’s grave…. second, I just re-read your above “About” statement, and have to ask you a question… Were you born in either 1952 or 1964? I’m terminally curious about synchronicity, or its possibilities…. thanks….if it matters at all…. I was born in 1950….

    • My friend thank you so much for the compliments. Synchronicity is a funny thing given m-theory one never knows what may cross between universes. Time is relative, my trip on this timeline started in 67.

      • Okay, theory dashed, not surprising as it was astrologically based…. 🙂 52 and 64 were both Years of the Dragon, so I thought your sensei might have seen that in you, to name you Fierce Sun…. but it fits you, regardless of astrology, the science of the half-real fallacies…. take care, my friend….

  2. You know, I just realized recently that I have yet to visit my father’s grave since he was buried. Albeit I live very far away, but I’ve traveled home even just last fall. Why did it not occur to me until I’d returned? Something about this first time makes me steps very slow, and I suspect my heart at least will flutter with the visit. Thanks for visiting and reading at the rabbit warren.

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