"Enlightenment"

2 years, 3 months ago

“In other words, there isn’t just one end all “awakening experience”. There are many, with many different shades and levels of intensity. This is precisely why the word “enlightened” is a bit inappropriate. Awakened implies waking up from a dream, and truth be told, there are many dreams to wake up from and many truths to uncover (or many shades of the one truth or one reality).

Lastly, I think poetry is one of the best vehicles for getting a feel for the feeling of that awakening moment. Mainly because they’re all about feeling and they’re subtle and they make you think. I think Han-Shan Te-Ching’s poem is all too fitting:

“Clouds release the hillsides and wake the scenes of spring,
Where is the plum tree that wafts that subtle scent?
I grab my staff intending to search secluded valleys,
Then find a single branch against my eastern wall.”

And I submit a poem that might give you a feel for an awakened person. Moments before his death Master Ta-Hui was asked to compose a poem, without a second thought he whipped out his brush:

”Birth is thus,
Death is thus,
Verse or no verse,
What’s the fuss?'”

August 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@jeslyntweedie, I really like that last poem. So simple yet conveys so much. :)

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