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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.

Clutch of Hens

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clutch of hens
scratching at the dirt-
seniors meeting today

Today I had to chuckle as I was at the library and heard a sound familiar to me. But it was out of place! The sound was of a clutch of hens having their morning feed and chatting. As I got closer I saw the sign that said “senior women’s meeting today.”
Now of course I had to look in and they were in their little groups, standing around sipping coffee and snacking. I guess some things are the same regardless of species.

Last Night’s Storm

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the wet grass
from last night’s storm-
unmade bed

Yesterday we had winds above 50mph and it blew in a late storm. As I look at the garden bed, and how the soil soaked up the rain I see it is nearing time get to work planting.

Chronic Pain

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suddenly the
fog rolls in-
chronic pain

For those of you who suffer from chronic illness such as fibromyalgia you understand what fog I speak of.

Special delivery

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mailman delivers
an unexpected visitor-
Avalokiteshvara

Today a package arrived from on of our former students. Opening the package we were surprised to find a beautiful Avalokiteshvara! This present was for our 10th year wedding renewal. More beautiful than the gift was the knowledge that my wife and I had an impact on this young college student and artist. Thank you Jazz for remembering us.

Avalokiteshvara is a manifestation of all Buddhas’ compassion. He is known as the ‘Buddha of Compassion’. He usually appears as white in color with four arms. His first two hands are pressed together at his heart, symbolizing his respect for his Spiritual Guide, Buddha Amitabha, who is on his crown. Even though Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being he still shows respect to his Spiritual Guide.

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Shoots of green

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popping up-
shoots of green
welcome the dawn

As a walked this morning I noticed little shoots starting to push up through the flower beds. Nice to see Spring arriving.

metamorphoses

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handwritten sign says
estate sale, one day only-
metamorphoses

Today as I checked my email I looked at the upcoming estate sales. One hit me pretty hard. It was a demolition sale! Looking at the items for sale which were as follows: windows, flooring, doors, cabinets, fixtures, stove, washer and dryer.
The whole house was for sale to be picked over like a carcass. At first I thought of the dreams, hopes, joys and sorrows of families that had lived there. But then I thought about how parts of the house will continue to serve a purpose and how in some small way the energy of those people will be moved on too as our lost skin, hair and breath permeate the area we live in.

So while they and their house may be gone part of them both will become part of something new. All things are impermanent but also interconnected it changes in form only.

Technobabble

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come on guys
shouted the robot-
technobabble

In response to a challenge called “Third from the Top.” Where you look at the blogs you read list and write something inspired by, well, the one third from the top.