Since the process of achieving enlightenment
cannot be scripted, Buddhism poems
have long been used to epitomize the multitude, mystic, and indescribable ways of transcendence
. There is no definitive practice that leads to Nirvana
. Even the masters disagree. However, a Buddhism
poem may stride a cord in you heart. Here is a poem by a monk in Tang dynasty
(618-907) in China
My fishing line sinks in the lake,
A thousand feet deep.
One ripple followed by endless ripples,
wakening the fish from asleep.
The night is so quiet and water so cold,
no fish is interested in taking a bite.
I enjoyed the tranquility, and
come back with a boatful of moonlight.
Here is another one
I sit alone besides the candlelight,
All day long, all thoughts out of sight.
I make no effort to fend off desires,
My mind crystal clear, there's nothing inside.
Here is one by me :-)
My body is the Bodhi guitar
My heart the enlightening string
A touch by the wonder hand
Forever, music in the wind