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Uplifting Spring Poem

Uplifting Spring Poem

This inspiring poem by the American Buddhist poet Jim Harrison invites us to slow down and deeply enter in to the spirit of the season. It becomes a short but uplifting meditation on the nature of spring.

Experience it here:

Dogenís Dream
by Jim Harrison

What happens when the god of spring
meets spring? He thinks for a moment
of great whales traveling from the bottom
to the top of the earth, the day the voyage
began seven million years ago
when spring last changed its season.
He enters himself, emptiness
desiring emptiness. He sleeps
and his sleep is the dance of all the birds
on earth flying north.

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Adapted from Beneath a Single Moon, edited by Kent Johnson and Craig Paulenich (Shambhala, 1991). Copyright (c) 1991 by Johnson and Paulenich. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from Beneath a Single Moon, edited by Kent Johnson and Craig Paulenich (Shambhala, 1991).

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Beneath a Single Moon

Buddhism in contemporary American now


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2:07AM PDT on May 3, 2013

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."

1:57AM PDT on May 3, 2013

"Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly--and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing."

1:54AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Lovely poem....
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure

1:49AM PDT on May 3, 2013

The Beautiful Rose

Luscious scents tickle your nose.

Odorous perfume, beautiful rose.

Soft silky petals,

sharp thorns like pointy needles.

Countless colors paint their blooms,

their dazzling beauty consumes.

A great gift to please our eyes.

Thanks for sharing a beautiful poem

3:52AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013


6:29AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

very nice, thank you

2:58PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Very lovely! Thank you.

1:22AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thanks for the article.

11:31AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

uplifting indeed

3:25PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013


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