In POETRY by Harrison Rappaport5 Comments

Vajrayana Buddhism emphasizes the importance of pure perception, the recognition of the essential purity and sacredness of our experience. On one level, this pure view means understanding all forms as the body of deity, clearly appearing yet empty of inherent solidity, all sounds as the tune of mantra, naturally free in the expanse of open awareness, resounding like echoes, and all mental events as inseparable from their essence, substanceless knowing, dharmakaya. On the ultimate level, these points are accomplished by simply recognizing the fundamental nature of all experience, the empty clarity of awareness.

These words, composed in stream-of-consciousness fashion, express pure view’s rapture.

Swim for a while in the sacredness,
the marvelous magic of this life.

Turn the mind to its empty essence,
and allow attention to be absorbed
into pure, luminous awareness.

Constricting, deadening concepts fall away;
the insufferable weight of past and future

The show appears as it is,
in glorious suchness.

O Lord, the mind-shattering wonder of it all!

Dancing, radiant, rainbow light display —
fluid, ever-changing, intricate,
every leaf a jewel,
every creature the greatest wonder ever known.

Fluttering currents of air: the mystery of sound!
The rapture of music, the incredible miracle of speech!

All sounds the words of God
tumbling out from the void,
never apart from void,
melodies of mantra.

The pure land, right here, right now —
heaven on earth. Earth AS heaven.

All form the display of the divine,
an unfolding, self-aware cosmic dance.

The highest offering, the greatest gift
presented as each and every moment.

Bliss, heartbreak, the softening ache of loneliness,
furious celebration, FIRE!
The center of the sun, blazing…
and still, the devastating pain of
our violence against one other.

Wondrous machines,
the quenching beauty of rivers,
on bodies
making symphonies of pleasure.

The whole thing
an inexhaustible treasure trove of display,
indivisible from that vast,
bright expanse of knowing.

Your own sensorium: all the riches of the kingdom.
More wealth than could ever be imagined,
magically appearing with no magician.

A never-ending stream of blessings.

Filling beyond fullness,
to overflowing,
to ecstasy.

No words can contain this ever-present miracle.

All tired identities fall away,
leaving only God,
only the whole, dancing itself.

Union, togetherness beyond “one” and “two.”
Love; endless love, causeless love.

Infinity — aware, empty, blossoming.

May these words bring benefit.

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Harrison Rappaport

Harrison Rappaport

Educator, writer, researcher, explorer, musician. Founder of Kila Collective. Harrison’s website .

Featured image by Ben Kerckx, Belgien and photo of girl by Unsplash, England.

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    La Vue! Beautiful and truly felt! Thank you for sharing this great poem and reminding us of the sacredness of everything.

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    Very nice. I find your use of the term “God” strange for a Buddhist and I don’t know what it means, especially in the context of your verse. What does it mean?

    1. Harrison Rappaport Author

      Right, good point — it’s not an often used word in Buddhist circles. Here, when I use the term, “God,” I’m referring to the totality of manifestation & emptiness. The whole deal. I’m using it somewhat abstractly in this case. You could basically swap the word God for Buddha, if you prefer — buddha in the sense of awakened mind itself. I don’t use the term to describe some separate, all powerful, third-party divine entity who pulls the strings of creation. And, I know it is generally used in that way — so, I understand your curiosity. Thank you for considering and commenting.

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