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The warrior of dawn

The warrior of dawn

Statue of angel in front of rising sun with arms reaching out.

Luis is a young man in his early twenties who first came to the Abbey as a child with his mother many years ago. This is part of a series of writings he is working on as he searches for the meaning of love.

Three roads emerge,
The path to the right is a clear road to light,
The path to the left is a clear road to darkness,
The path to the middle is a road yet blocked

The warrior first chooses the road to light,
The warrior is baptized in holy light,
The warrior is told to exterminate demons,
The warrior is told these beings are of pure evil

The warrior destroys countless of these beings,
Purging one after the other,
Yet he eventually meets a warrior of darkness,
One who challenges his cause

Both clash for eons,
Wounds and bloodshed spread on both sides,
Horrors beyond belief,
Each solely seeing the other as an enemy

Yet as they both clash,
The warrior of light begins becoming the warrior of darkness,
As he looks at himself,
The once angelic wings he bore are now that of a demon’s
The warrior of light is puzzled,
As he is about to land a killing blow on his enemy,
He decides to sheath a sword,
Instead reaching his arm out to his opponent,
The wings of a demon and angel sprout on his shoulders

The two merging with one another,
They both see the middle road that was once blocked is now slowly opening,
The two then smile at each other,
Realizing the true path meet in between both their paths,
Realizing this, they both walk to the sunrise, heading towards the emerging dawn

Featured image adapted from photo by Chris Geatch.

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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