Wind in the Forest

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S ' T B E O N O K A Wind In Wind In The Forest The Forest Venerable Sujiva e E-mail: bdeabuddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. L H I B D R A D R U Y BWind in the Forest by Venerable Sujiva Published for free distribution by Buddhist Wisdom Centre 5, Jalan 16/3 46350 Petaling Jaya Selangor Tel 03 7568019 Publication assisted by Suhki Hotu Sdn Bhd 1A-2 First Floor, Mayang Plaza Jalan 5526/9, Taman Mayang Jaya 47301 Petaling Jaya Selangor Tel 03 7062833 Fax 03 7062733 42v Jalan Matang Kuching 11500 Air Itam Penang Tel 04 8277118 Faz 04 8277228 Email: sukhihotuquantrum.com.my Copyright © Sujiva All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the Publisher. Book layout and cover art design by Hor Tuck Loon Special credit – Ang Siew Mun & Chu Chee Kiong Contents Foreword ............................................................................. 15 Preface .................................................................................. 16 Ancient Tongue ................................................................. 17 Living in the Present ..................................................... 19 Home Again .......................................................................... 21 Lady Beware ...................................................................... 24 What’s in a Tree? ............................................................. 25 A Dying Disciple ............................................................... 31 The Dream of the Forest .......................................... 34 It was Murder ................................................................... 37 A Different Pilgrimage ............................................... 40 Cold Paradise .................................................................... 46 Nature’s Curtains ........................................................... 48 Kenyir Lake .......................................................................... 49 iOther than That .............................................................. 50 Langsir Falls ...................................................................... 51 Winds and Waves of Jara .......................................... 52 Lemon Dreams ................................................................... 54 Rose-apple Dreams ......................................................... 56 Great Dreams, Long Dreams, Crystal Dreams ................................................... 57 The Dream of West Lake ............................................ 60 The Poet of Huang Shan ............................................ 63 1. We Come To Yellow Mountain ........... 63 2. The Steps up Huang Shan .................... 65 3. The Poet of Huang Shan ...................... 68 A Poet’s Send-off ........................................................... 71 The Song of the Gorges ............................................ 73 Congqing ............................................................................... 80 Death on Wheels ............................................................. 85 iiElections .............................................................................. 88 It’s Just Like the Good Old Days ......................... 90 The Station of Life ........................................................ 93 Last Lap ................................................................................ 96 After a Stormy Night ................................................... 96 Solitude ................................................................................ 98 Good-bye Kinabalu ......................................................... 99 The Temple of Forgotten Flowers ..................... 99 Youth and Old Age ........................................................ 102 1. Forgotten Flowers ................................... 103 2. Youth and Old Age .................................... 108 The Waiting Game .......................................................... 109 A Walk in the Hills ........................................................ 111 Romancing with Dahlias .............................................. 113 The Butterfly is Not a Dream ................................ 115 iiiBest of Gifts ...................................................................... 117 One for the Businessman ........................................... 119 Meditation ............................................................................ 121 Death Will Come for Sure ....................................... 122 Morning Spectacle ......................................................... 123 It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World ........................................ 124 Bougainvillaeas ................................................................ 125 Roots ....................................................................................... 126 Insignificant ........................................................................ 129 Concentration ................................................................... 131 A Surprise Call for Mr Busy Businessman .... 132 Fasting .................................................................................... 136 Tribute to Mr Skeeletor ........................................... 137 Eternal Wish ...................................................................... 140 Fallen Flowers ................................................................. 142 ivBarn Owls ............................................................................ 143 Fig Tree ................................................................................ 144 Love Bird .............................................................................. 147 The Balm of Love ............................................................ 148 Grandfather Fig .............................................................. 149 A Recovery .......................................................................... 152 Rain Drama ........................................................................... 153 Noble of the Forest ..................................................... 155 The House that Sorrow Built ................................ 157 Honourable Trees .......................................................... 164 In the Name of Freedom ............................................. 165 Death at our Doorstep ............................................... 167 Spring and Winter ........................................................... 171 Death in the House ........................................................ 172 Cremation ............................................................................. 173 vReturn to the Sea .......................................................... 175 Return to the Earth ..................................................... 177 Food Deva ............................................................................ 179 Taiping’s Hanging Tree ................................................. 181 The Wind in the Forest ............................................... 182 When You Left .................................................................. 186 New Year Crowd .............................................................. 188 Mr Kik-Kok Wyatt Earp .............................................. 189 Australia Poems Kookaburra ......................................................................... 192 The Currawong Bird ..................................................... 192 Australian Yogis .............................................................. 194 Apples ...................................................................................... 195 Lyre Bird Trail ................................................................. 195 Sydney Harbour ............................................................... 196 viSurfing ................................................................................... 198 Hang Gliding ...................................................................... 200 Moon ........................................................................................ 202 Death in Australia .......................................................... 202 Healesville Sanctuary ................................................. 203 King Among Trees ........................................................... 206 Blackwoods Dandelions ........................................................................... 208 Kookaburras ....................................................................... 208 The Three Stooges ........................................................ 210  notes on australian poems ............... 212 Blue Mountains ................................................................ 212 Byron Bay and Lismore ................................................ 219 Melbourne ........................................................................... 223 Blackwoods ........................................................................ 224 viiD-Day ...................................................................................... 225 Impatient Young Man ..................................................... 232 Cry Baby ................................................................................ 233 Matang’s Clear Water Stream ............................... 234 Boat Ride .............................................................................. 237 The Development of Metta ....................................... 239 Beware, Australia ......................................................... 240 Thoughts on Peace ......................................................... 241 Thoughts on Freedom .................................................. 243 Daffodils .............................................................................. 245 Peach Blossoms ............................................................... 245 Byers Back-Track Song .............................................. 247 Convent Gallery .............................................................. 248 The Big Trees .................................................................... 249 Tree of Life ........................................................................ 250 viiiSailing at Waiheke Island .......................................... 252 Snow Enchantment ......................................................... 254 Waters of Wakatipu ....................................................... 256 Waters of Milford ......................................................... 256 The Wizard .......................................................................... 258 The Amarant, Melbourne ........................................... 260 Tasmania 1. Reminders ........................................................ 267 2. Last Paradise ................................................. 269 Seedlings .............................................................................. 272 Winds of Kamma ............................................................... 275 Broken .................................................................................... 280 Time on the Move ............................................................ 282 All in the Split of a Second ..................................... 283 The Day After ................................................................... 286 ixEarlier collections of poems by the same author – Voices from the Heart Walking Iris The Door The Buddha once exhorted his disciples to “go to the foot of a tree and meditate lest you shall regret later on”. This advice shows us that the Buddha’s Dhamma and Disci- pline cannot be separated from Nature. Nature teaches us lessons about the impersonal nature of existence – about birth, life and death. It is therefore timely that Venerable Sujiva, a very well- loved and respected Theravadin monk in Malaysia, now offers us an opportunity to learn from his insights into Nature, among other things, in his latest book Wind in the Forest. The present book is a unique col- lection of poems, write-ups, illustrations and photos. In Venerable Sujiva’s sincere and heart-felt writings, readers will find many touching incidents related by him in his many years of teaching. They will also come to understand him, his compassion and loving-kind- ness, as well as the Dhamma, by simply flowing with his pen. The Venerable’s earlier compilations of poetry include Voices from the Heart, Walking Iris and The Door. 13 ind n he orest poems by sujivaForeword A decade has passed since a group of aspiring mem- bers pioneered the inception of the Buddhist Wisdom Centre (bwc) with the noble objective of propagating the practice of Vipassana Meditation. Their goals have been progressively realised and over the years the society has generated interest in Vipassana Meditation through its practice and publications. On behalf of the bwc, I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to our spiritual advisor, Rev. Sujiva, who has been instrumental in guiding and motivating us in this noble practice. It is therefore apt that the bwc publish this book by our spiritual advisor, entitled The Wind in the Forest, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the society. I take this opportunity to thank the founding mem- bers, past and present committee members and the meditation guides for their untiring efforts in carrying the activities of the society. At the same time, a great Sadhu to all members and well-wishers for supporting the society from the spiritual and financial aspects. May the bwc grow in wisdom and strength. Lee Lee Kim Chairman, 1998 15Preface Unlike my other poetry collections, The Wind in the Forest, is not just poetry. Also included are cartoons and short stories. The other difference is an emphasis on our natural environment. I do hope our Malaysian Buddhists can be more aware and concerned about our greens. It had and will play an important role in spirituality. However, the book did not come about for that purpose. I happened to find myself moving in that direction for, as in the past, the forest and the monk go hand in hand. As for the wind, it’s the Dhamma. When the yogi con- templates on the body and mind as mere processes, they can be perceived just like ‘winds’ — sometimes turbulent, at other times cool and blissful, but never- theless ungraspable and void. The poem whose title the book bears is actually about such a situation. The yogi or monk meditates where he strives to lose him- self in Nature. Does not that tattered brown robe cam- ouflage him among the brown tree trunks? SUJIVA, 1998 16Ancient Tongue All persons Familiar or otherwise Are now winds. Their faces appearing intermittently Between gaps of voidness As thin fragile films On invisible air. How can such unreal manifestations be permanent? They change, these insubstantial happenings, So I call them winds. Flowers Only you seem to remain fairly loyal To my past perceptions, However deceptive. It can be expected Since you are the closest Of all natural expressions To ultimate Natures Of that, I have accepted The immaculate jasmine that lasts but for a day, The leaves of the Kopsia aged red, Butterflies and moths, Dragonflies levitate, These are thoughts, But whose thoughts? The language of Man Too has vanished with the winds, I’ve lost all words my teacher drilled me. May I borrow your tongue to communicate, 17O plants of the world, Your lips to speak? And safe-keep my memories between your layers of leaves? O Mother Earth, O Father Sky Only with your words can I talk to you, And I can do so only when I’m no different from A showy hibiscus, Or the moon, the mirror of the sun, Or the sun, the discus of life. 7 November 1994  I have, for some time, been talking to plants. Not in the way some people talk to themselves. It’s more of a communication, but not like what the mediums do during seances. When you develop keen awareness while working with and among plants, you can sense their unique characteristics, not just their external mor- phology but qualities which seem to tell you about the nature of life, the ways of the world and so forth. It enlivens and inspires my spirit- ual life as well as contributing to good health. Everyone should learn the ancient language Nature speaks. This reminds me of a short poem I wrote long ago: Nature speaks in symbols and signs Catch them while they fly Let her tell you what’s in her heart – The Truth that never dies 18Living in the Present Living in the present Is doing yet not doing Existing yet not existing Living in the present Is slipping in-between the conscious And the unconscious Dissolving into brilliance of Truth That’s ever invisible Living in the present Is really all one needs to know That is to know how to know Know what is to be known The Unconditioned The world, the world, Whirls round in concentric ripples The mind first The body follows after, Aren’t they interdependent? On one end you may find The particles paradise Expanding Her territories geometrically, In the inside edge however, Terror awaits In suspension, Threatens The past is gone The future not yet come 19To be in the present that’s unreal Is to be trapped In imaginations. But living in the present With clear awareness Breaks all three time periods asunder So what are we left with? Nothing, No body, No mind, no where. Yet I stand before you No, what you’re looking at is not real Living in the present Is existing yet not existing. 21 November 1994 Santisukharama, Kota Tinggi, Johor  The secret of the Teachings is: how to live in the present where reality is. The old have but memories of things long gone. The young live on bright hopes yet to be fulfilled. Even the present is fleeting, too fast to catch. What peo- ple perceive when they say “now” is already the immediate past. Therefore when we say we live in the present, we are using the word “present” as a convenient tool of communication. What we really mean to say is to be with reality. If we can do that perfectly, we can be considered enlightened. The Dhammapada verse 348 illus- trates this point clearly: 20