Friday, March 30, 2012

Life in the Fire

This temporal life in the body is in some ways 
a burning at the stake.
We pull up our pitiful feet 
protecting them
from the climbing flames 
of anger, delusion and desire.
Because of Christ, we know
that we shall not be burned
not our souls.
Our essential selves are saved from the fire.
But the waiting is long.
The pain is difficult to endure.
The Buddha is a trainer and an anesthesiologist.
When we are suffering in our minds and in our bodies,
 as the flames graze the skin,
following Buddha's way,
the heat does not scorch us.
The fire makes no penetration. 

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