Buddha This Way, Buddha That

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land or sea or sky
Buddha this way, Buddha that
~~ ~~ ~~
By gods and poets
the Buddha forges pathways
through the wilderness.
~~ ~~ ~~
Did the Buddha laugh
as he lost himself in bliss
underneath the tree?
~~ ~~ ~~
Buddha, when the wind
comes howling down the mountain,
will your shelter stand?
~~ ~~ ~~
At an old hotel
Buddha stops to take a bath—
the towels have holes.
~~ ~~ ~~
If he wants to eat,
Buddha pays like all the rest—
no one’s lunch is free.
~~ ~~ ~~
Three strong cups of tea—
Buddha sips along with me,
but takes no sugar.
~~ ~~ ~~
From the topmost shelf
the bust of Buddha crashes
to the kitchen floor.
~~ ~~ ~~
I pay eight pesos
to sit beside the Buddha
on the bus-stop bench.
~~ ~~ ~~
Buddha by the barn,
do you hear the cow forlorn,
lowing for her calf?
~~ ~~ ~~
Buddha gathers words,
then flings them in the meadow
for mice to nibble.
~~ ~~ ~~
ten thousand flowers,
but for Buddha only one—
a dandelion

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

More Poetry Pantry #171
More Carpe Diem: “Buddha”

Posted on October 13, 2013, in 5-7-5, Carpe Diem, haiku, Poetry Pantry, senryu and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. nice…cool walk with buddha through your words…the paying to sit beside buddha on the bus i think is my fav….buddha too pays the price is another, i think they play well together…dandelions are my fav, as well

  2. Enjoyed the buddha writes… I do think the buddha would love best the humble dandelion. And somehow I am not surprised the buddha would take no sugar. Smiles.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Actually, the Buddha surprised me a little as he emerged through these words—but it was a delightful, not a dreadful, surprise. Thanks for your kind comment.

  3. Oh… nice. Playful, interesting… Lovely!

  4. Did the Buddha laugh
    as he lost himself in bliss
    underneath the tree?

    underneath the tree?
    she’s lost in his laughing bliss
    underneath Buddha

  5. These are all so good!

  6. You brought Buddha into every day life.. a modern Buddha.. very cool

  7. OH! MY! GOD! I SO LOVE these Buddha glimpses. Especially the one where no one eats for free! hee hee. Glorious.

  8. …an enjoyable series of well-penned haikus… loved the focus you managed to pull out with a common theme… smiles…

  9. O my god … MMT you were on a roll here. Wonderful to read and see Buddha in all those common ways. Great … that last haiku is my favorite and if you don’t mind I would like to use that one in a Tan Renga.

  10. A living buddha in your many creative haiku ~ thanks ~ happy week to you ~ carol ^_^

  11. Your stories are what I love … awesome !!!

  12. This was soooo amazing! Bringing the Buddha into everyday live!

  13. Wow…you were inspired. All led to your last which I thought was the most powerful.

  14. WoW…amazing collection. I, like Maggie Grace, felt closest to the last one…
    Thank you

  15. wonderful collection of Buddha verse…..I like when he’s portrayed as very human and sometimes a silly one….

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