Poetry & Buddhism

Meditation is when you sit down, let’s say that, and don’t do anything. Poetry is when you get up and do something. Somewhere we’ve developed the misconception that poetry is self-expression, and that meditation is going inward. Actually, poetry has nothing to do with self-expression, it is the way to be free, finally, of self-expression, to go much deeper than that. And meditation is not a form of thought or reflection, it is a looking at or an awareness of what is there, equally inside and outside, and then it doesn’t make sense anymore to mention inside or outside.

–Norman Fischer, Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry

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One Comment on “Poetry & Buddhism”

  1. Irving Karchmar Says:

    Greetings of Peace Dear Friend:
    What a fascinating path you follow. As a poet, writer and fellow traveler on a spiritual path, may I commend to you my book, Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, a mystical adventure tale on the Sufi path of Love. I think you’ll really like its message of hope in God’s infinite mercy and love.
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    Love and Many Blessings,

    Irving