Dharma Poetry

Poems about working with afflictions and transforming the mind.

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I love problems

Making up a list of things to fix (in other people). Is this where joy…

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Stephen sitting outside in meditation posture, reading a Dharma book.
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Clarity, confidence and courage

Antidotes to the afflictions of confusion, self-doubt, and fear that hold us back in our…

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

The student tries paths of light and of darkness before discovering the middle way.

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Closeup of the face of a baby.
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The human story

Each person's individual journey contains challenges and difficulties that, if met with courage, can cause…

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Man standing on a rock looking at the ocean.
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Return to reality: Love and hate

Seemingly contradictory feelings can lead to the same prison, a prison of ignorance.

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Sword sticking out of ground with pond in background.
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Poems of Human and Spirit

When we spend our time and energy moving between extremes, we are unable to step…

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Abstract of two long, white, narrow shapes against black background.
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The great illusion of duality

The extremes of reward and terror are but illusions. In a poem, a student examines…

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Elderly man and young child holding hands and smiling.
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Kurushimi

Kurushimi means suffering or hardship. By recognizing the suffering of others, we understand their truths…

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Large body of water with mountains in background.
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Earth and Water

A student writes about the value of acknowledging our emotions.

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Combined image with fire on the left and ice on the right.
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Fire and ice

Our lives, beset by chaos, can still give form to love. A student considers the…

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Two men hugging.
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Bonds

A young student of the Dharma considers the nature of our relationships to one another.

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Women with arms around each other in support.
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The meaning of heart

A student reflects on the meaning of our heart connection to one another.

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