Land of Make Believe

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looking around
I see my neighbor-
land of make believe

Happy Birthday Mr Rogers.

http://m.videobash.com/video/show/id/48947

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.

3 responses »

    • A haiku should be open to interpretation. Also sometimes it may be localized. Many of Basho’s deal with places and things that he saw and unless you know what he meant the haiku is whatever you read it as.

      Mr. Rogers, in his show, had a place called “the land of make believe.” You were transported there by “trolley” through a tunnel in his wall. This made me think of the Internet cable junction in my wall and how it transports me to all sorts of neighborhoods and yet it very much a land of make believe.

      • Thank you so much for explaining this, this is all really interesting. 🙂 I love it when things are open to suggestion/interpretation!

        I love the idea of being transported somewhere via trolley, that is utterly crazy! 🙂

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