Shams-ud-din Muhammad a.k.a Hafiz poem about The Buddha

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Shams-ud-din Muhammad a.k.a Hafiz poem about The Buddha

Post by cooran » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:26 am

Hello all,

I was going through a box of old things and found my pile of Sufi poetry books. I glanced through one of my favourites - a translation by Daniel Ladinsky of The Gift, poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master.

He lived from 1320 to 1389 and obviously came across Japanese buddhism. He wrote this poem about the Buddha woven through with a teaching about lust/greed:
Tonight as you sit with your
Young students

Have eyes
Burning like coals for the truth,

Raise your glass in honour
Of The Old Great One from Asia.

Speak in the beautiful style
And precision wit of a
Japanese verse.

Say a profound truth about this path
With the edge of your sailor's tongue that
Has been honed on the finest sake.

Okay, dear ones, are you ready?
Are you braced?

Well then:

Who can hear the Buddha sing
If the dog between your legs is barking?

Who can hear the Buddha sing
If that canine between your

Wants to do circus


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Re: Shams-ud-din Muhammad a.k.a Hafiz poem about The Buddha

Post by Ben » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:31 am

Thank you Chris
That was beautiful.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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