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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.

Journey

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sun rises as
life bursts forth-
first step on journey

Dedicated to my darling wife who on this day gave birth to our daughter Ava.

Apple trees

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apple trees
blossoming soon-
last snow flurries

This week has been crazy weather wise and today we have snow flurries. Odd to see buds sprouting forth and verdant fields was snow falling

Robin shell

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crushed blue shell
floating on the puddle-
western breeze

Walking along I spotted a blue egg shell floating on the puddles from last nights storm. The albumen and yolk combining with twigs and other detritus. The little Robin (to be) will not “become” this time.

Angry Spiders

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window washers
hanging ten stories up-
spider starts anew

As I watch the window washers I think about the spiders that built there webs up there and how upset they must be. But they will start again and rebuild as soon as the washers move on. This is the attitude we must take when life deals us hardship.

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Compassion in action

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runner heading
for the finish line-
coward hides his face

In reading about the explosion in Boston I was moved by one runner who had just FINISHED the race. They had just put the heat blanket wrap on him when he heard the first blast.

“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs.

This is compassion in action.

Mosquito Buddha

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mosquito larva
on the stagnant pool-
future Buddhas

Our mind is the stagnant pond. If we recognize the Buddha within ourselves the larva will hatch and our mind will flow in harmony.

Flower festival

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chicks breaking
through the shell-
flower festival

Today is Hanamatsuri or Flower festival. It is also the time we celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Just as a chick breaks through its shell to be born we too must break through our ego to be born a compassionate being. May today be your birth too.

Tule fog

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a tule fog
covers the valley-
fasten seat-belts

I read about Tule fog and likes the image so much that I composed the above haiku.

A Tule fog (pronounced too-lee) is a very thick fog that collects in parts of California during the rainy season of the late fall and winter. It is a type of radiation fog, caused by the combination of increased humidity due to the rain and rapid cooling due to the longer nights. Tule fog makes for very low visibility and is the cause of many accidents every year.