One Practice Samadhi means

at all times

whether walking, standing, sitting, or lying down,

always practice with a straightforward mind.

--Hui-Neng, 6th Chan (Zen) Patriarch, China (638-713)

This morning Change-Maker met us at the door

with his bride, Dark-Enigma, from whom all things arise.


She whispered:

"Pay attention to your inner pattern.

Work with mind

for what it was always meant to be --

a sword for cutting-through mind."


From there it is hard to relate the full tapestry.

One moment -- the peace of Dawn Light Clarity.

Another -- mourning a lost lover for the final time.

Then -- the first visitor from the cicada tribe arrives;

the clicking and buzzing in the dark announcing the start

of this season's Falling-Silent-Dropping-Away.


Soon, the rainy season will come

and we'll be back to our old ways again.

Two eagles grasping, free-falling through air.

The only real faith left in us --

that somehow

the Great Net of Being

still has us in Her clutches.

(c) 2017 / Frank LaRue Owen (Wandering Stone Lantern) /

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