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Crossing to the other shore

Crossing to the other shore

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!

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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