Category Archives: Photo/Poem Series

In Response to Ryokan – Buddha is Here


Having seen oneself
Utterly lost in the world
Bow down
With ease
Look up

In gratitude and grief
There are waves of light flashing through the trees
In gratitude and grief
Buddha is here.

Another poem which will be read at the cremation ceremony.

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Hidden Nearby….

JIll by Ruth Scott

In the entire ten directions
Of the Buddhist universe
There is only one way
When we see clearly there is no difference in the teachings.
What is there to lose?
What is there to gain?
If we gain something, it was there from the beginning.
If we lose something, it is hidden nearby.
Zen Master Ryokan

Sitting with Jill this afternoon, I didn’t want to leave.
She’s hidden nearby….

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Therefore am I…


Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And Mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear – both what they half-create
And what perceive; well pleased to recognize
In Nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.

William Wordsworth

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And I Have Felt


And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air;
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.

William Wordsworth

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For I Have Learned


For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Not harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue.

William Wordsworth

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