-Ismless (Poem)

Buddhism is an Ouroboro
Subjected to the same laws it proposes
Unable to escape its own premises
The Original Mind has no -isms

Without Stupas, Sutras, incense and statues
Without robes, chants, and midnight prostrations
Without a code, a creed, or indoctrinated preferences
Without without, nothing lacking, no absence

Unbound and unadorned, without a dwelling
Even the grass hut opens to the harvest moon

The floating world has settled
And the earth no longer turns

Boats ablaze on the Other Shore
The night is cool and warm

In no need of Refuge
In no need of a cure
The lion silently roars

“Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s”
And give nothing to me
Not even agnostic
No words for the wind

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