Zen & Etc.

Heading off tomorrow for sesshin at Zen Mountain Monastery, where I became a "formal student" earlier this year. When I return, I expect to begin posting again in this space. Despite the headlong progression & proliferation of social media, I still like the old-fashioned feel of the weblog. (I can remember when blogs were cutting edge!). And though I am reticent about discussing it, perhaps I'll say a few words about how I have come to practice Zen. (In the original monastic order established by the Buddha, one of the few grave violations that could get a monk expelled was to claim spiritual powers one did not possess.) We've had a long, cold spring, but the sun is out this morning & the weeds are growing: I'm going to spend some time in the garden today.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Zen & Etc.”

  1. Monastic Valentine

    As far as love has brought me
    and not a wreckage further
    I will rest here with my love
    while a brown bird swims the air
    leaving ripples like a water-glider
    on the pond of air and water
    oceans in an ocean of light
    we are all but standing on
    you’re right I don’t understand
    the things I do understand
    seem weightless and worthless to me
    if the gods could be understood
    what kind of gods would they be
    the price of growing up forever
    is not relinquishing childhood
    but retrofitting it to a new hagiography
    apparently love is so retarded
    because no one can figure it out

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