Tuesday, August 1, 2023

in this passing moment


  may my path
  benefit everyone!
I vow to choose what is:
If there is cost, I choose to pay.
If there is need, I choose to give.
If there is pain, I choose to feel.
If there is sorrow, I choose to grieve.
When burning -- I choose heat.
When calm -- I choose peace.
When starving -- I choose hunger.
When happy -- I choose joy.
Whom I encounter, I choose to meet.
What I shoulder, I choose to bear.
When it is my death, I choose to die.
Where this takes me, I choose to go.
Being with what is -- I respond to what is.

~ Hogen Bays
excerpts from  The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World
 (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) 
Edited by Ivan M. Granger 
Hogen Bays and his wife, Jan Chozen Bays, are the co-abbots
 of Great Vow Monastery in Oregon as well as being the spiritual directors
 and primary teachers with the Zen Community of Oregon.