Death Poems

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Mason
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Re: Death Poems

Post by Mason » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:39 am

Today, I will not answer.
"The Way needs no cultivation, just do not defile. What is defilement? When with a mind of birth and death one acts in a contrived way, then everything is a defilement. If one wants to know the Way directly: Ordinary Mind is the Way!"

- Record of Ma-tsu

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Mason » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:05 am

Busy with nothing, growing old.
Within emptiness, weeping, laughing.
Intrinsically, there is no “I.”
Life and death, thus cast aside.

-Ven. Sheng Yen (FEBRUARY 5, 2009)
"The Way needs no cultivation, just do not defile. What is defilement? When with a mind of birth and death one acts in a contrived way, then everything is a defilement. If one wants to know the Way directly: Ordinary Mind is the Way!"

- Record of Ma-tsu

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Mason » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:35 am

The Method of Organic Liberation

Your nature is the sun and moon.
Do not stare at the sun, but acknowledge
It's brightness. Do stare into
The deep and radiant moon;
This, too, is authentic practice.

Do not attempt meditation.
Rather, look at the fullness
of your self-sprung awareness.
It is not a leaf, nor the whole tree.
It is organic knowing, simple humility,
The bliss of the three times, subdued
In the presence of wondrous
Nirvana.

Do not linger in coarse worlds,
Nor should you abandon them.
Instead, practice wholeheartedly
To awaken all beings, primarily
The host who is beyond all guests,
That is - the guest, beyond all hosts.
"The Way needs no cultivation, just do not defile. What is defilement? When with a mind of birth and death one acts in a contrived way, then everything is a defilement. If one wants to know the Way directly: Ordinary Mind is the Way!"

- Record of Ma-tsu

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Kaya » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:40 pm

Wow! You should cite attribution when you compose. You certainly should be recognized, Mason.

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Re: Death Poems

Post by fuki » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:03 pm

Mason wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Too long, didn't read. :106:
I hope you didn't suffocate, oh it's read. :P

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this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive"

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Fruitzilla » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:01 pm

People, the topic of this thread is Death Poems. Please stay on it.

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Re: Death Poems

Post by desert_woodworker » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:42 am

-
Busy with nothing, growing old.
Within emptiness, weeping, laughing.
Intrinsically, there is no “I.”
Life and death, thus cast aside.


-- Ch'an Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009)

- translated by Guo Gu, 2009

--Joe

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Re: Death Poems

Post by michaeljc » Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:27 am

12 hours ago my second son Joseph (35 yrs) took his own life. He ran free (from the psychiatric hospital in which was in and out of for some years) for the last time. His body is somewhere at the bottom of a river. Bear with me my only way to somehow send him my love in the best way I know how: to play some of his music, which was his only passion. All these songs he composed himself, always alone. He is there in person in one song which is probably his last. One can see how sick he is. He was completely self-taught. The words display clearly that these are his death poems.

Yes Joe, I miss you now you are gone.

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... 44263/?t=0

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... 60851/?t=1

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... 81391/?t=3

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... 300145924/

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... 496350794/

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Re: Death Poems

Post by lindama » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:58 pm

Condolences Michael. Blessing and love to you and all who loved him.
linda

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Caodemarte » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:18 pm

Metta to all.

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Re: Death Poems

Post by clyde » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:52 pm

So sorry for your loss.
“Enlightenment means to see what harm you are involved in and to renounce it.” David Brazier, The New Buddhism

“The most straightforward advice on awakening enlightened mind is this: practice not causing harm to anyone—yourself or others—and every day, do what you can to be helpful.” Pema Chodron, “What to Do When the Going Gets Rough”

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Larry » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:50 am

Very sorry to hear.

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Re: Death Poems

Post by loves' the unjust » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:59 pm

Sorry for your son.
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Re: Death Poems

Post by fuki » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:30 pm

Thanks for sharing Michael, the day you posted this I only listened to two songs, but I haven't gotten the chance to really be alone with the songs, it did touch me in a familiar way, (the rawness/openness/honesty) I will listen to his songs at another time for the full experience. May your son bask in the light of unconditional love.
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Re: Death Poems

Post by michaeljc » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:49 pm

Yesterday we had a gathering in a large engineering shed on our family farm. People arrived in their casual work-style clothing. It was a real rural NZ group, which is the way Joe would have liked it.

Today we bury his ashes on a patch of family land that inspired a Haiku from me years ago. I will light a fire to burn his favourite guitar and mix the ashes in with his. I was with him when he bought it. It cost $200. Some years before he bought a $2000 Martin but was seeking a raw twangy sound.

I will shortly write to the boarding school he attended to offer an annual award for solo performances of original compositions with voice and acoustic guitar.

Bless

M

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Re: Death Poems

Post by michaeljc » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:53 am

A brighter number from a couple of years ago when he was rather well. He has dubbed 2 tracks together.

https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.334 ... AzMTczODY/

We placed his ashes in the favourite guitar and buried it with the neck protruding above the surface. This was the idea of my third son who is very artistic. The site is among native NZ trees, close by a stream. I sat intensive alone there once. I wish I could find the haiku I wrote for that place but it is buried deep within the ZFI archives.

I rest more easy with my loss now. Zen is such a wonderful practice. I don't fear death.

PS edit: I have just noticed a couple of PMs. My apologies for my late reply. With much appreciation I assure you that the genuine sharing of caring by others does help.

:namaste:

M

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Re: Death Poems

Post by loves' the unjust » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:33 am

michaeljc wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:53 am

I rest more easy with my loss now. Zen is such a wonderful practice. I don't fear death.
That's Great.Nice to hear.
cooper

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Re: Death Poems

Post by desert_woodworker » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:09 pm

Condolences, Michael. Pardon my lateness in extending this message of sympathy to you and your family.

I feel comradery with all or most named "Joe": Joe Campbell, and myself, e.g.

Wishes, as we approach the Solstice, in north and south.

--Sawdust and woodchips guy
michaeljc wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:27 am
12 hours ago my second son Joseph (35 yrs) took his own life.

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Re: Death Poems

Post by Spike » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:09 am

desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:09 pm
I feel comradery with all or most named "Joe"
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Re: Death Poems

Post by desert_woodworker » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:40 am

Heard a San Francisco hospice fellow M.D. on radio today talking about conversations he's had with people soon to die.

The issue of "fear" was a big one. But, were they (the about-to-die) fearing the experience of dying (and the run-up to it), or "what-may-come-afterwards"?

He's a Doc who has much experience with palliative care, and with pain mitigation. He has reassured patients that, for them, pain might not be an issue at all, before death, because of medications available. And, their spirits could be raised by the same meds, he told them.

This was a Bodhisattva talking. He'd been there. But, even if not. Electrocuted in his 20s, he lost two legs below the knee, and part of an arm.

He went on to become an M.D.

Granted, this is not a "poem", but it is powerful.

Here is the (USA) National Public Radio text introduction to the fellow's interview with radio show host, of the program "Fresh Air', Terry Gross:

"When BJ Miller was a college sophomore he was out late with some friends and climbed onto a parked commuter train. In a freak accident, he was electrocuted and eventually lost both legs below the knee and half of one arm. The experience led him to pursue a career in end-of-life care and palliative medicine, which he describes as "the treatment of suffering." He talks about how he draws inspiration from his disability, and how he helps patients in their final moments. His book is 'A Beginners Guide to the End.' "

And the audio portion can be accessed at the link below:

http://www.npr.org/2019/12/03/784437075 ... -and-death

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