(04 july 2009, sister/cousin, bodhisattvas in training)
today was a cleansing day--
a sure way to realign your spirit:
drink a cup of coffee + read the dhammapada.
where there is desire,
happiness or sorrow-
whatever befalls you,
do not ask for family or power or wealth,
either for yourself or another.
can a wise man wish to rise unjustly?
few cross over the river.
most are stranded on this side.
on the riverbank they run up and down.
but the wise man, following the way,
crosses over, beyond the reach of death.
he leaves the dark way
for the way of light.
he leaves his home, seeking
happiness on the hard road.
free from desire,
free from possessions,
free from the dark places of the heart.
free from attachment and appetite,
following the seven lights of awakening,
and rejoicing greatly in his freedom,
in this world the wise man
becomes himself a light,
pure, shining, free.'