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Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:10 am

Okay, this is ridiculous. We need some forum games around here. :clap:

This might be a complete flop :embarassed:, but does anyone out there like to write limericks? Give it a shot here -- with a Theravada twist. It works like this:

A poster will propose a Buddhist Pali term as a challenge, and the next poster will write a limerick about that term, then suggest another term.

Obviously, no limerick is going to be the only possible limerick to illustrate a certain Pali word, so the words can be repeated. If someone wrote a limerick earlier about samvega, for example, it can still be suggested again as a challenge. There are no limits.

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:

I'll start things off with the ever-popular:

Anicca

Fred wondered what happened to Fred.
Did he go on a trip? Was he dead?
He looked in the mirror
(cuz no one is dearer)
but saw a complete stranger's head.



Next up (hope there's a taker out there):

Anatta

:popcorn:
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 nathan » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:03 pm

Jechbi wrote:Next up (hope there's a taker out there):

Anatta

:popcorn:
Ok, I'll try but I have no idea if this is correct form or if it is what you are after. If not let the Anatta challenge stand, otherwise I suggest "nibbana" might be interesting next. So, off the cuff:

there once was a thread named anatta
wherein every atta could chatta
only satipatthana
could settle the matta
to the full satisfaction of atta
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:32 pm

That is a masterpiece, nathan. :bow:

Any takers for nibbana?
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 imagemarie » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:22 pm

Okay - prepare to grimace

There once was a fruit - a banana
Given to a poor monk, it was dana.
He said, "It's pure sukha..
Thank-you all for the tucker"
And then promptly he entered nibbana.

Boom-boom :jumping:


What about "sati"?
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:46 am

I'll give it a shot.

Sati

Remember the first time you swam?
That sense that I'm swimming! I am!
Now you're out in the ocean,
huge waves, lots of motion.
Be mindful. Don't sink like a clam.


I'm sure someone else can do a better job with sati. Any other takers?

If not, have a go at:

Dukkha
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 nathan » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:05 am

dukkha's a trick to see throughka
'cause even the sukkha is dukkha
when dukkha is sukkha
its all sukkha dukkha
'cause clinging to sukkha is dukkha

"recluse"
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:39 am

I'm no good at this, but here goes....


This solit'ry thera recluse
didn't allow thoughts to run loose
The in breath the out breath
Would content him 'til death
But for the daily need to get food.

"Views"
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby appicchato » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:06 am

How did I let myself in for this?... :popcorn:

Everyone has their views
Even if it's old news
It's best to read Dhamma
Even if no Obamma
That way you'll be able to cruise

<Groan>...


Metta
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby appicchato » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:06 am

Sorry folks...I knew I shouldn't be here... :cookoo:
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby appicchato » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:07 am

Doubled...make that trebled up... :computerproblem:
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Tex » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:18 pm

There once was a man in despair
It's a shame that he wasn't aware
That he would feel much betta
If he sent out some metta
For all of the world to share.



Karuna
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:28 pm

while under a goose-down doona
I thought of you with karuna
you're out in the snow with
no where sheltered to go
If only you'd come home much sooner!


"upekkha" or "equanimity" :)
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Tex » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:56 pm

With a Boston accent...

I once knew a girl named Rebecca
Who was a great hockey cross checkah
As my head hit the ice
I thought, "Oh how nice,
Here's a chance to maintain my upekkha"



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"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby AlaskanDhamma » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:56 pm

Ajahn, it was a good try. :)
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." -Buddha
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby appicchato » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:41 am

AlaskanDhamma wrote:Ajahn, it was a good try. :)

Thank you AD...aside from my feeble attempt at the limerick, I've got a reeeally bad internet connection... :focus:
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:04 am

Persevere Ajahn!

This is fun. :clap:

metta and respect,
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:06 am

Now paññā's one of the Perfections
It'll bring a fortunate birth
grit your teeth, hone your will
Keep Precepts, Study well
paññā leads one to Liberation.


"mudita"
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:14 am

Mudita

There was a sad person named Lee.
He was cranky as cranky can be.
But one day he smiled
at a kind-hearted child
and my heart warmed as if it were free.


How about: Vedana
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 nathan » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:11 am

Vedana

this feeling is feeling a feeling
that feels like a feeling is feeling
around it congealing
thoughts further concealing
this feeling thats feeling a feeling


tanha
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:15 am

Hello all,

I think you ought to include the "word" in the limerick. :rules:

Too easy otherwise.

metta
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