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Form and Formlessness

In meditating the other day I started to see how my experience, as a 12 or 13 year old, of the formless, as my mind flew past the edge of space and the return to my body through the funnels of light, each one having its own world and beings, where both form and formlessness were present together, is taken into account by the Buddhist model of causality that Joanna Macy calls dependent co-arising. In the formless state unaware of particularity there was an intuitive knowing of all things even without any awareness bounded objects.

On the Line

Thank you causal agents
And line combatants
I thank my ignorance
My participation in the line dance
Of our combat

The tearing apart has left a hole
For the tiny seed of wisdom
To find soil in which to root
Brothers and sisters of the fight
We toil in vain

There is no start to our problem
The line on which we fight
Is drawn not in the sand
But in the mind
In the assumptions
That lure us to the line
And call our fighting hearts
To action

There is no Starting point

There is no starting point
Now I can dance
The ceaseless dance
The spinning and choosing
The moving and being moved
There is no starting point
Now I can dance

Spider and Winshield

I saw a spider on my windshield just the other day
I watched him struggle to stay on as I drove away
At first the spider slowed, it moved a whole lot less
It stopped and stayed real still, the gas my foot did press
I could not tell from its eyes what was on its mind
Faster I did go cars pressing from behind

I Just Want What Buddha Had

I just want what Buddha had
A nice, hot, mom, and a rich ass dad
and something that’s missing and hurting real bad

I just want to do what Buddha did
To sit by a tree till the truth is unhid
To take a cool raft to the other shore
Then tell the cool raft I don’t need you no more

Each Day

Each day is my birthday
Each moment, my birth moment
All that is, born anew
Each moment, each day
My birthday every day
My birth moment
Each moment
Right now
The gift
My birth

Suburban Tree Dialog 6 (Singularity and Cyborg)

Me: I was curious about where our conversation ended during our last talk. I mentioned that I was aware of a lot of talk of cyborgs, human machine hybrids, but no talk of bio-borgs hybrids of animals and plants for instance. I did a little reading via the web to refresh my recollection about what the cyborg line of story/thinking is. I remembered that some people I had heard or read talked about a technological singularity and I didn’t understand it at the time but I remember thinking the idea was way off as far as I was concerned.

Suburban Tree Dialog 5 (Behaviorally Modern Human 2)

Me: When we left off our last conversation we had been talking about thinking long ideas and I mentioned I had been thinking of what humans would become if we succeeded in living with power and not destroying our planet at the same time. I think I am ready to talk more about this and see where we go with it.

Suburban Tree Dialog 4 (New Genesis)

Tree: Lets talk about a new Genesis. I have much longer thoughts than humans but it seems that you have learned a lot about my world and how far back trees go. I want you to try to make a new Genesis story out of that.

Me: OK I’ll give it a try. The old pattern was God -> Earth with water -> rain -> man -> planting a garden -> putting man in the garden -> making the garden grow what is good for man -> adding the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.

Suburban Tree Dialog 3 (Genesis and Evolution)

So far, engaging in this dialog with a suburban tree I have learned that my relationship to nature is changing through giving voice to an individual tree and engaging in a subjective dialog with my representation of the tree''s perspective in relation to me.


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