21 May, 2017


All the various thoughts are laid out like the features of a game,
For the child-like power of awareness to play with non-attachment,
The old mothers of the six realms take their seats as compassion's focus,
And the offerings, sources of merit, are shared by dedication’s skilful hands.

All this talk of realising and seeing, it’s all so hollow!
Forget bliss and clarity, they’re just temporary highs!
Cultivate emptiness of which compassion is the essence,
And your own and others’ welfare is assured, it’s said.

Even a hundred years of exertion born of expectation for reward,
Will only postpone the supreme accomplishment, we're told.
But on the path of the six pāramitās free from the seven attachments,
Even without enlightenment in this lifetime, there'll be no regret!

20 May, 2017


“The truth is not always beautiful, 
nor beautiful words the truth.” 

Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching

18 May, 2017

Courage types...

"A man with outward courage dares to die; 
a man with inner courage dares to live.” 

Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching

16 May, 2017


“No one understands now. Those who could
hear a song this deeply vanished long ago.” 

Li Bai

12 May, 2017

Homeless !

Image result for old shack in woods

I know not what went wrong
and yearn to hear morning's song
my own place wherein to sleep,
be it a shack, hut or small keep
I watch as people bustle by
Fretting, frowning: don't know why
The wheel of fortune has been spun
A spoke had halted on "not fun"
Then in stillness do I descend
to my heart, my only friend
With all outward things withdrawn
T'is there I find a fresh new dawn

Somwang (Book of poems2)

11 May, 2017

My home

“You ask why I make my home 
in the mountain forest,
and I smile, and am silent,
and even my soul remains quiet:
it lives in the other world
which no one owns.
The peach trees blossom,
The water flows.” 

Li Bai

09 May, 2017

The mountain and I

“We sit together, the mountain and me, 
until only the mountain remains.” 

Li Bai

08 May, 2017

How the wise live....

"Wise people, even though all laws were 
abolished, would still lead the same life."


05 May, 2017

Schooling in wisdom...

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but 
of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” 

Albert Einstein

03 May, 2017


As an aloof eagle flying high,
I watch below me life pass by
Its many sudden twists 'n turns
reaching out to caress and burn
those caught in its timeless snare

Arrogance, greed, pride they wear
As an unyielding universe looks on
many eons upon which suns shone
In height, in joy there is no defeat
as unaware victims lie at my feet

In uplifting winds I find my peace
for way below I indulge and feast
my feathers fine, my talons sharp
I fear neither daylight nor the dark
And when I come to be reborn,

I'd never want to be man: a shark!

Somwang (Book of Poems)

02 May, 2017

Adding and taking away...

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. 
To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” 

Lao Tzu

01 May, 2017

30 April, 2017

Know yourself

“Unless we learn to know ourselves, 
we run the danger of destroying ourselves.” 

Ja A. Jahannes

28 April, 2017

The realist

"The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails.'

William Arthur Ward

26 April, 2017


"Education is not preparation for life; 
education is life itself." 

John Dewey

25 April, 2017


"Fortune is like glass - the brighter 
the glitter, the more easily broken."

Publilius Syrus
(Latin writer ca 85 bc)