Within the Dream

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        There are rights and wrongs, or so it seems,
        in the most outlandish fancy flights.
        When we’re asleep even in our dreams
        there’s an awareness of wrongs and rights.

        Yet are they the same for all of us?
        Perhaps in our deepest inward core
        far off from frivolity and fuss
        there’s a source profound that knows there’s more…

        To thyself be true, ‘tis said, but what
        is self– a semblance that dwells within
        behind a door that is often shut
        amidst the incessant daily din?

        We gaze at the stars but lack insight
        into inner realms that shape our fate
        through mindless passions that we ignite,
        then realize too little too late.

        What wisdom can save us from ourselves?
        Could guidelines showing which path to take
        lie in ancient books on dusty shelves?
        Our future destiny is at stake.

        Drowning in darkness, blind to the way
        of where our true devotion belongs,
        we drift unseeing through night and day
        clinging to relative rights and wrongs.

        Lost in the dream of our mortal plight,
        we’re fast asleep in delusion’s spell,
        innate, along with enlightened light.
        Will humans awaken? – time will tell…


        ~ Harley White



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The inspiration for the poem is from the writings of Nichiren Daishōnin, in particular, the writing called, A Collation of the Layers of the Various Teachings of all the Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future as to Which Specific Doctrines are to be Discarded or Established)

The reason that we continually recite Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō...

Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō means to devote our lives to and found them on (Nam[u]) the Utterness of the Dharma (Myōhō) [entirety of existence, enlightenment and unenlightenment] permeated by the underlying white lotus flower-like mechanism of the interdependence of cause, concomitancy and effect (Renge) in its whereabouts of the ten [psychological] realms of dharmas [which is every possible psychological wavelength] (Kyō).


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The Six Paths of Sentient Existence


Artwork ~ Martin Bradley ~ The Six Paths of Sentient Existence ~ 150 x 150 cm Acrylic, 1999

This picture represents the inner reality in each and every one of us. At the very top we have the fruition of our desires of our moments of heavenly joy. Proceeding clockwise, the next image shows our ability to feel content and be at home with ourselves. Next we have the egoistical tyrant who dwells within. Then there are our sufferings when we burn in our own inbuilt hells. Continuing clockwise, we have symbols to represent the hungry part of us that says, “I want”, followed by images that allude to our instincts and animality.

The Art of Martin Bradley

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