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

You must sign in or join to reply!

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. :)

Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This

Today December 22, 2014

Shrooms trip, specific advice please

I was hoping people could shed light on this matter, based on their own...



How the hell do I find other members in here. If I wish to search for...


Keep dreaming about this person I've never met

For the past week or so I’ve been dreaming about this woman...


Thoughts on the Military?

So I am in a bit of a predicament, I am basically being force to join...


Looking for friends to help me on my mission for self discovery!

I’ll start off by saying I’m extremely shy and socially...


a guy invited me to church. what does that mean?

What does it mean if a guy invites a girl to his church?


Awareness without a brain.

It’s always fascinated me as to where our awareness goes after...


Studying Abroad

Hey ya’ll, my name is Paul and i go to Louisiana state university....


I might have a friend who has a crush on me

I have this friend that I’ve known for about four years. A couple...


Fight Club – Destruction

“Self Improvement is masturbation Self destruction is the...


What helps you when you're feeling low?

I don’t know who else to ask for help. I’ve been working my...



If your major stresses you out, does that mean it is not the right major...


Socializing is a boon or a curse?

Man is a social animal so he keeps company of like minded people.But...


Interested in meditating, but don't know where to start.

Im a 24 year old graduate student and currently smoke a lot of weed to...


The mythological War on Christmas

The war of Christmas is a popular conspiracy. It is essentially the...