Buddhism — a poem by Dan Brook, author of “Harboring Happiness: 101 Ways To Be Happy”

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    We don’t typically publish poetry on Buddha Weekly, but when Dan Brook sent this lovely, short poem, we couldn’t resist. Dan is the author of Harboring Happiness: 101 Ways to Be Happy.[1] [Editors note: Punctuation and spelling is as preferred by the author.]

    by Dan Brook, Ph.D.

    a dear in Deer Park
    Buddha preaches in Sarnath
    outside ancient Varanasi
    already ancient when he arrived
    telling us what we know
    yet we do not always realize
    or remember
    suffering exists
    suffering has causes
    suffering has solutions
    instead of craving and attachment
    we should align
    our good thoughts, good words, and good deeds
    whatever we desire
    and most everything else
    will eventually be gone
    permanent impermanence
    perfect imperfections
    meditation for peace of mind
    focused awareness without judgment
    cultivating lovingkindness
    compassion for others
    compassion for self
    it is not personal
    no me without we
    seeing reality for what it is
    recognizing oneness
    breaking the cycle
    forming positive patterns
    becoming free and happy

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    A statue commemorating Buddha’s first teaching in Deer Park.

    About Dan Brook

    Dan Brook teaches in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San Jose State University, from where he organizes the Hands on Thailand program. His most recent books are Harboring Happiness: 101 Ways To Be Happy (Beacon, 2021), Sweet Nothings (Hekate, 2020), about the nature of haiku and the concept of nothing, and Eating the Earth: The Truth About What We Eat (Smashwords, 2020).


    Buddha Weekly Harboring Happiness 101 Ways to be Happy Buddhism
    Cover of Harboring Happiness.




    [1] Link to Harboring Happiness: 101 Ways To Be Happy (Beacon, 20221) is an Amazon Affiliate link for Buddha Weekly. Price remains the same, although we may earn a small commission used for hosting costs.

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