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by Dogo

As part of last Sunday's Dharma talk, I read Sam Hamill's poem The Orchid Flower. I corresponded with him for years, though we never met. He is among the people who have died whom I cannot bring myself to delete from my email contacts. When he died in 2018, I wrote this poem:

Elegy for Sam Hamill

Two days ago you breathed out and didn’t breathe in again. You were in your bed at home in Cascadia. I’m on my couch at home in Glasgow, reading a book of your poems, one of the books you put in a package, took to a post office and mailed to me. I find you in the words, and I look for you in the spaces between.

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by Dogo

When the heart awakens, we no longer try to become something or someone. We stop asking the Blue Fairy to make us a real boy. Life isn't in the future, it's here and now.

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by Dogo

Once in a saintly passion I cried with desperate grief, “O Lord, my heart is black with guile, Of sinners I am chief.” Then stooped my guardian angel And whispered from behind, “Vanity, my little man, You're nothing of the kind.” — James Thomson

Self-loathing is the same narcissism as self-adoration. Vanity prefers to be Satan than just another ordinary sinner. Contemplative practice is not about learning to love, or accept, ourself, but getting over ourself.

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by Dogo

When does our journey end? When we realise we were never on a journey.

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by Dogo

We are conditioned to live our entire life in the belief that it will be better someday.

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