Theravadin limerick challenge

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:57 am

Word Index - those already used in this thread:

Anicca
Anatta
Nibanna
Sati
Dukkha
Recluse
Views
Metta
Karuna
Upekkha
Panna
Mudita
Vedana
Tanha
Khanti
Viriya
Samvega
Sekha
Dhamma
Ahimsa
Punnabhava
Ariya-puggala
Anagami
Paccaya
Mangala
Thitibagiya
Sacca
Mana
Buddha
Yakkha
Kilesa
Majjhima
Anicca
Mula
Phala
Ayatana
Tika
Javana
Nimitta
Vichikicca
Nekkhama
Piti
Papanca
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:51 am

On extinguishing papanca
I'm often asked why don'tcha?
I tend to ruminate
And then complicate
But sati ends proliferation! :twothumbsup:

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby PeterB » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:16 am

There was a young man of Bombay
Who heard an old Bhikkhu once say
You need peace of mind
If the answers you'd find
So he started to Sit the same day.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby PeterB » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:27 am

I rather like aberrant anti-limericks as well,
as in
A young poet who came from Japan
Wrote verses that never would scan
When asked for the reason
he said " in this season
I always like to make the last line as long as I possibly can ". ( Ogden Nash I think )
So on that note.

A young monk who lived in Nepal
never could stick to the rule
He took lunch at night
got into a fight
and ended up going back to the States
and getting a job as a croupier in Caesars Palace in Vegas.
That mischeivous monk from Nepal.

Not that any would really do that..... :smile:
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:36 am

Thanks for your efforts Peter but you're meant to also nominate the next word pali word for the limerick challenge.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby PeterB » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:39 am

Sorry folks.I have just read back and seen Chris's " word" rule. so to make amends,

There was a young seeker from Bali
Who never could manage anjali
He'd start off to bow
then make quite a row
He should have just said it in Pali.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:47 pm

Hi PeterB,

Your limericks are outstanding! I especially like the anti-limericks. :thumbsup:

The rules are "soft" in this thread, so feel free to have fun. Including the actual Pali word in the limerick is just for extra challenge. If you don't do it, no biggie.

But one rule is hard-and-fast: You have to suggest the next Pali word for the next challenge. If you have a word you'd like to see someone take a swing at, offer it up. Meanwhile, I'll suggest this one:

Tadi

tadi [taadi]: "Such," an adjective to describe one who has attained the goal. It indicates that the person's state is indefinable but not subject to change or influences of any sort.

:hello:
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:00 pm

(I had been working on this one, fwiw)

Manasikāra

There once was a man, Che Guevara,
who had very strong manasikara.
His attention was drawn
not to self, but beyond.
Now his face is on shirts near and far-a.


(I know, it's awful. :roll:)

Any takers on Tadi? Or another challenge?
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:38 am

Another saturday night and I'm writing a limerick
I got the pali and I just got it made
oh how I wish I had some kind of ending
or even part before then...


Tadi

such and such and such and such
and thus and thus and thus and thus
shaking off the dust
no point in telling us
feeling no pain tadi and such



vipāka
http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/u_v/vipaaka.htm
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:01 pm

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Nathan!!!!!!

Now I can't get the lyrics and tune out of my head!

{Refrain} Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody I've got some money 'cause I just got paid Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to I'm in an awful way
I got in town a month ago I seen a lot of girls since then If I could meet 'em I could get 'em But as yet I haven't met 'em That's how I'm in the state I'm in
Oh, {Refrain} Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody I've got some money 'cause I just got paid Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to I'm in an awful way
Another fella told me He had a sister who looked just fine Instead of bein' my deliv'rance She had a strange resemblance To a cat named Frankenstein Ooh, la,
{Refrain} Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody I've got some money 'cause I just got paid Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to I'm in an awful way
It's hard on a fella When he don't know his way around If I don't find me a honey To help me spend my money I'm gonna have to blow this town Oh, no,
{Refrain twice} Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody I've got some money 'cause I just got paid Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to I'm in an awful way
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody I've got some money 'cause I just got paid Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to I'm in an awful way

And here's Cat Stevens singing it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLeWB3C2cLo

Nathan posted a Limerick
Something in it seemed to just click
Must be from a past life???
Maybe I was Cat's wife????
Thinking of Vipaka, makes me sick!

issā: 'envy', is a karmically unwholesome (akusala) mental factor, which is occasionally associated with hate-rooted consciousness
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:24 am

issa [m.] a bear. || issā (f.), jealousy; ill-will; envy.


envy a ravenous bear
waving its claws in the air
flailing and failing
craving and crawling
vanity isn't so fair


rūpa-kalāpa
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:25 pm

Wow, that's a tough challenge. Here goes:

Rūpa-kalāpa

A scientist stuck in Willapa
declared: "Everything's rūpa-kalāpa!"
He rejected the mind,
all religions maligned.
And he never got out of Willapa.

How about: Viriya

viriya [viriya]: Persistence; energy.
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But never soddens what is open;
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Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:49 am

Sa'id living in Syria
Certainly had no viriya,
calls to make, eat some cake,.
games to play, bills to pay,
But sit to practise? ...Sloth rules the day!
:zzz:

chanda - As a good quality it is a righteous will or zeal
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:56 am

Chanda

Elizabeth had Dhamma-chanda
and she practiced out on her veranda.
Even when the snow fell,
she sat straight, she sat well,
with devotion as rare as a panda.


Sanyojana
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby serg_o » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:42 am

Really I don't know English so good but it's such a funny thread i couldn't withstand from trying:

sanyojana

There was a not so young puthujjana
He was tied all around with sanyojana.
Then he thought: where's escape?
I can nO longer wait
I must turn my steps to nibbana!

Sukha
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:05 am

There was a young novice, named Luca
who abided in the state of Sukha
When once asked, 'How so?'
He replied, 'Don't you know?
Just give up the old "Filthy lucre!" '



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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:21 am

Hello all,

Great to see the latest writings! :clap:
Just a reminder of the instructions by the Deva of this thread Jechbi:

Jechbi said: An important point: Please, please remember that METER is crucial. Here is the correct meter for limericks:

iamb anapest anapest
iamb anapest anapest
anapest anapest
anapest anapest
anapest anapest anapest

If you deviate from that, you'll be forced to read the unabridged works of Julia A. Moore. :lol:


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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:29 am

While eating a salad of tuna
I was reminded of my kamaguna
I decided to strive
to evict it by five
and abide in the luminous rays of the luna

ditthi
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:51 pm

I think it is really a pity
I just cannot understand dhitti!
Try as I might.
my knowledge is slight,
And my grasp of the concept quite S*itti!

Vijja
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:05 pm

Here's the list again.....

Ahimsa
Anagami
Anatta
Anicca
Ariya-puggala
Ayatana
Buddha
Dhamma
Ditthi
Dukkha
Issa
Javana
Kamaguna
Karuna
Khanti
Kilesa
Majjhima
Mana
Manasikara
Mangala
Metta
Mudita
Mula
Nekkhama
Nibanna
Nimitta
Paccaya
Panna
Papanca
Phala
Piti
Punnabhava
Recluse
Rupa-kalapa
Sacca
Samvega
Sanyojana
Sati
Sekha
Tadi
Tanha
Thitibagiya
Tika
Upekkha
Vedana
Vichikicca
Views
Vijja
Vipaka
Viriya
Yakkha
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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