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Crossing to the other shore

By G. S.

Man underwater trying to reach the ray of sun from above the water

This came to me in my meditation, I'm not sure from where ...

Eyes boring into emptiness—why?
Man looking to his existence—where?

Rivers roll by
Rivers pass around
The bend.

Struggling, flailing arms,
Flopping legs, grasping feet …
White water rapids—ahhh …

Man no more—where?


Head above,
Trepidation, terror, silence.
Mind here, mind there—hope.

Can’t look! Peeking through fingers spread,
Vajrasattva—compassion, calm abiding,
Rest, solace, one-pointedness—there!

Incarcerated people

Many incarcerated people from all over the United States correspond with Venerable Thubten Chodron and monastics from Sravasti Abbey. They offer great insights into how they are applying the Dharma and striving to be of benefit to themselves and others in even the most difficult of situations.

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