MY GUIDE ON THE BODHISATTVA PATH
By Gwo Syin Newell
When you first came into my life
It was not like ordinary people
Who suddenly appear,
But it was as if you had always been there
Sitting just on the other side
Of a drawing room, reading,
And had merely glanced up.
How quietly you accord yourself to others,
As when children come
While you are lecturing on the Sutras
You do not impose too difficult rules
"Children sit there stiff-starched"
But you have a bookcase of toys
In the back of the Buddha hall
All set up
Where they can play
And perhaps out of the corner of their attention
Naturally absorb some of the teaching
And with such gentle precision
Your life has accorded with these modern times:
Just now when we have raised the question
Of our Grandparents shunted off
To retirement hotels
And sparsely nursed convalescent homes,
Looking back on your life
He found that when you were young
You used to bow respectfully to your mother
And after her death
Sat beside her grave for three years,
Braving the cold winter in a make-shift hut,
Quietly meditating and reading Sutras.
And just now when the limits of our world
Have broken in upon our awarenesses
So that we must contemplate scarcity
We found that many years ago
You collected potato peels
Being thrown out to eat
To teach not-being-wasteful.
What kind of a being can you be
Who so accords with all of us
And with all conditions?
Unworthy and with so many faults
What good fortune it has been
I could meet you.
REALM BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY
The second session, RETREAT II, will commence July 24th, following a week of
intensive Ch'an at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The schedule is as follows:
24th........check in and orientation.
Classes in beginning Chinese, and fundamentals of Chinese calligraphy will convene and daily review of the evening Sutra Lecture will provide time for questions and answers about Avatamsaka principles. English as a second language is a daily part of the schedule for trainees who wish it, and everyone attending the retreats may write to the University at Box 217, Talmage, California, 95481.
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