Give me today,
I will take tomorrow like it never happened.
I will pull down what has built its roots
like dogwood blooms in my heaven.
I will carve out the pit of the muscle,
I will tell it to joint differently.
I will say it has listened.
Give me today,
I will make myself a time capsule
and if I must
I will bury myself with it.
Each day stays today, that way.
I will root and root until I cannot
pull myself out from the ground
without using sharp tools,
without clipping off pieces of my
bones in the process.
Give me today to drown,
I will make certain I am not
the water. I will make certain
I am the bottom of the ocean,
coarse root waiting
to be softened enough
to wash up on land
where no one thinks
much of old roughness,
Give me today.
And each day
will be the
Just as the establishment of worlds
Cannot be achieved by one cause or condition,
And countless appropriate causes and conditions
Form this billion-world universe,
The manifestation of Buddha is also like this,
Only accomplished through infinite virtues;
The (number of) atoms of lands and thoughts of minds may be known,
But the productive causes of the Ten-powered none can measure.
Just as clouds pour rain at the start of one eon,
And create four great (oceans),
And the roots of goodness of sentient beings and the power of bodhisattvas
Establish the billion worlds securely,
So do the clouds of teaching of the Ten-powered
Produce (oceans) of knowledge, pure minds,
Guiding beings to (that) which they were previously dedicated
To fulfillment of the highest reward.
Just as there is a great deluge
Which no place can contain
Except the great wind-force in pure space
At the beginning of the universe,
So also is the Buddha’s manifestation,
Showering the rain of truth filling the cosmos
Which the weak-minded cannot bear,
Only those pure and broad minds.
Avatamsaka Sutra - 981
Note on the image: Chenrezig (Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara) Mandala