Andrew Schelling

Magazine Arts & Culture

Whirling Petals, Windblown Leaves

“It was unthinkable that a poem should get no reply.” This sentence from The Tale of Genji, Japan’s profoundly melancholy Buddhist novel written around the year 1000 by Murasaki Shikibu, marks the formalization of a particular approach to poetry. Poem responding to poem seems the basis of Murasaki’s worldview. Her book includes nearly eight hundred […]

By Andrew Schelling

Magazine

Thus Have I Heard

                    Thus have I heard Once the eminent Buddhist scholar Edward Conzeknown for his translations of Perfect Wisdom, visited UC Santa Cruz to lecture He spent the entire period lambasting those who thought Buddhist insight might be achieved by eating organic food walking barefoot burning incense […]

By Andrew Schelling

Magazine Arts & Culture

Shall We Offer Flowers?

Bitter buffaloberrydevil’s club, tangled dogtoothnarrowleaf arrowheadWhat are the lineages of life?ground water, radiant heat—listen, they form the underlying beatof the watershed,gifts with no motive the way of the ancientsskyrocket chicory bluestemfew-flowered shooting starIndian pipeall the paradise you need’s outside your doorthe medicine Buddha wears a lapis lazuli headdressfeathers & turquoise beadscan you give thanks with […]

By Andrew Schelling
Temple
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