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summer afternoon

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spry child hops
from rock to rock-
summer afternoon

Dharma talk

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Excellent dharma talk. I highly recommend it.

Buddhism now

Shaolin Monastery in China is generally regarded to be the home of Chan [Ch’an/Zen] Buddhism. As a monk there, I heard some time ago that there was a great interest in Chan now in the West. For this reason I have come here, hoping to make contact with those interested in the teaching.

I would like to predominantly talk about Bodhidharma and his instructions with regard to Chan meditation. Bodhidharma was the twenty-eighth successor to Shakyamuni Buddha. He came to China from India in approximately AD 520. Shortly after his arrival, he discovered that the Chinese had no understanding of Buddhism and could not absorb its principles. He then began to meditate in a cave at the back of the Shaolin Monastery. He was there for nine years.

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Construction zone

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children’s toy
left out in the rain-
construction zone

Tulip

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the stamen
glistens with moisture-
RSVP

The above haiku was inspired by the line “suggestion of receptiveness” in the book “Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan. The book is a good treatise on natural and artificial selection with the use of folklore, legends and poetic prose.

The underlying question Mr. Pollan is posing asking is who is influencing who, us or the plants. I highly recommend this book to those who want to further understand the Buddhist concepts of interdependence and interconnectedness.