|Forest Sangha Newsletter||July 1996|
Ballad of Amaravati's Bridge
... harnessed to a secret web of music moored to stillness -
A spiritual sentinel ...
as southerly - the chiming Namo Tassa wind-bells thread their brass-pearl beads into a bright rosary of flowing salutations - Out of the windstorm over the mist of April bluebells this acorn emissary in shaddowships - a temple to a shakyamuni prince - upholding peace declaring generosity - rejoicing solitude - transcending prayer - we bow - released into the mould of the beautiful
And so from the ebb - and into the flow of preliminary things to be done this tide arisen in the world by the business of men leaves in its wake - a gladiator - harnessed to a secret web of music moored to stillness - A spiritual sentinel - astride the roundstone esoteric alchemy aligning energy-awareness in the cantical of distant OM
The belfry crowsnest sways all aboard - a course is set a flag runs out - its one hand clapping in the wind - an ocean crossing raft is born the victory chant rings out - The leaning tower of forest-oak - embrace to form a pyramid of static dance its silent obeisance points the void - Tugging winds of Dhamma stretch and fill the silhouetted mast billowing the transparent sails of emptiness into the amber throat of twilight as the day goes over its furthest edge into the now eternity When I first came here I was expecting I would have to deal
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Striding columns arch and lock above the Queens and Kings framed on the dark volcanic crystal blaze of sunset - This colossal gift - cradled in fixed form - buttresses loads of shifting stress disciplined onto the fulcrumbeam bound by cantilevered balance imploding-sonic-rapture - ascending on the vaults acoustic shell the hidden song invisible - has splintered into stars
Alpha Omega bridge into the deathless - a noble treasure granary of prayer to carry those who wish to cross the flood of life so difficult to cross - Ah! full moon of Ajahn Jun - its finger pointing and the trembling owlcall echo - asking - whoo ?