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jackson
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Dhamma Poetry

Postby jackson » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:19 pm

Hi everyone, :smile:
I've taken an interest in Dhamma poetry and was wondering if any of you could recommend some poets I could check out. I don't mind which school of Buddhism it comes from, or even if it's not Buddhist but rings true (I really like some of Rumi's work). I look forward to your replies and thank you for your time. :namaste:
Jackson
"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby Euclid » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:48 pm

Check out the . Also worth checking out is the Therigatha, the bhikkuni's equivalent

Also, check out Ryokan. Some incredible stuff

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:06 pm

My friend, Dr Mike Heald,
http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/about ... literature
has two volumes of poetry published by Freemantle Arts Centre Press and another one currently in production. The third volume, working title 'the witness', is mostly Dhamma-inspired poetry from recent years.
http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/publi ... e1/poems01
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby jackson » Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:42 am

Thank you kindly for your replies, :smile:
I'm going to have to track down a hard copy of the Gatha's, very inspiring stuff. While searching for some Ryokan I stumbled upon some of Dogen's poetry, which was simply amazing, I've got a feeling my book collection is going to be growing a fair bit! Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to reply.
With metta,
Jackson
"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby Kusala » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:38 am

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby jackson » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:27 am

"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby Kusala » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:03 am

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Kusala
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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby Kusala » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:44 pm

From Ven. Dhammika's blog http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2008/05/c ... hamma.html



"There is also several fine verses where the Buddha compares the parts of a chariot to the spiritual journey.

The road it goes on is ‘Straight.’
‘Without Fear’ is its destination.
The body is called ‘Silent,’
And its wheels are right effort.
Conscience is the railings,
Mindfulness the upholstery,
Dhamma the driver
And right view runs ahead.
And whether it be man
Or whether it be woman,
Whoever travels by this vehicle
Shall draw close to Nirvana (S.I,33).

The third last line in this little poem (itthiya purisassa va) needs to be more well-known."
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:30 pm

Yes, that one is great. See this thread for some discussion of it and some alternative renderings:
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=8821

:anjali:
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Re: Dhamma Poetry

Postby altar » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:16 pm

the samyutta nikaya, the first sections. i no longer have a copy.


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