Tuesday, February 22, 2011

sychronized sentience (dharma's dance)

When a wooden man breaks into song,
a stone woman gets up to dance.
Since this cannot be understood by
reasoning,
How can it be analyzed
Tung-shan Liang-chieh (807-869)



Buddha

S     E     E     D     S

sown

deep    fertile    plow

gaia
c  r  i  e  s
 earth      water
air           fire
r  a  i  n  s
dukkha

swell,swelling
fracture, shift, detach
 dukkha

reap

BUDDHA

bkmackenzie
copyrighted 2011





In Buddhism there are Four Noble Truths's

Dukkha - The Nature of Suffering
Dukkah Sumdaya - Suffering's Origin
Dukkah Nirodha - Suffering's Cessation
Dukkah Nirodha Gamini Patipada Magga  - Path leading to the
Cessation of Suffering

24 comments:

  1. It's a circle, completing itself as it starts over. Fine poem, B.K.

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  2. yeah you got skills....wicked concrete imagery and word play...

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  3. Wonderful piece. The end of the cycle of suffering almost appears to be at hand with enlightenment promised by your words. Love the form, the shape, the flow and the muse.

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  4. Barbara,

    You seem to be mingling two 'systems', two 'world views', and finding for them a compatibility.

    'Seeds' are part of a very phenomenal world of growth, and it's a metaphorical sense of 'growth' -- out of the sensate world -- that Buddha seeds would offer.

    Gaia imagery lies less in my understanding, but it's a natural fusion of things, a look at the Earth as an organism in itself?

    Both these, here, you use as symbols of male and female 'principles'. The release, the 'outside oneself' comes through.

    Trulyfool

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  5. Fine writing, Barbara. The joys of earth and of non-being combine in their conjoining movements and lead us all along the path where they dance. Also enjoyed your introductory poem very much--helped me to understand both your poem and the sculpture in a way I would not have before reading it.

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  6. I think this may be one of my all-time favorites of yours. I love the form and the imagery and the Buddha born and reborn within it. Gorgeous.

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  7. Thank you all for commenting...abstract is new to me...but I am finding it challenging in a different light..glad you enjoyed it....bkm

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  8. What a profound beauty this is, BKM!! I honestly think I am going to print this poem and paste it over my desk! The shape, the words - and most importantly, the essence of sadness and its dissolution, and of detachment are brought out simply beautifully here...
    BRAVO, my friend!!

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  9. Dear BKM

    Ahh!!! So beautifully put it all together.. i enjoyed it all... your words are beautifully..done.


    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/02/whispers-tanka-and-search-for-being.html
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  10. I loved this and the presentation was beautiful too. :-)

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  11. Thanks for the splash of prayer water. My morning's now clean. - Brendan

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  12. we only get one schance here...or do we?...it's all about words, isn't it

    Peace, hp

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  13. Reaping and sowing powerful metaphors. I like the new style bkm.

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  14. i like that you always try new and different things..enjoyed your "circle of life"

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  15. Barb, a wonderfully written piece.
    Thanks for the process notes.

    Pamela

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  16. Reading this was a meditation in itself. Very calming and beautiful. And it looks wonderful on the page.

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  17. Beautifully illustrated, written and thought out. The enduring circle remains strong, unbroken...wonderfully done...again.

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  18. What a great visual piece! Shape-poetry not an area I have really explored yet bar short syllable-counting forms that yield nice visual contours, like Etherees. Fine work BKM

    Luke

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  19. I enjoyed it so much- don't know where to start from.. Let's see!

    I loved what's scribbled under the image- how ell thought of to combine it with the pic.

    I also liked how the words are presented and what they mean..

    Most of all you explain "Dukha and Nivarana" as well.. Beautiful words!

    Barbara, I am impressed as ever.. :)
    Love xoxox

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  20. Like this very much Barbara. It was for me incredibly successful creating textures, images, ideas, and symbolic references in such an abstract and pithy write. Loved it. Gay

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