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NOWZEN HAIKU

BY

ZENMASTER JAY

A.K.A. CHRISTOPHER JAY LAMB

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NOWZEN HAIKU

Not grasping right now


Simply reflecting it well
Mind like a mirror

A world of free spirits


Shaping our experience
Drawing on our soul

The yin and the yang


All concepts have compliments
Just the way it is

ZENMASTER JAY II
NOWZEN HAIKU

The truth is the truth


It is the way it is, so…
This world can appear

See mind by not seeing


Eye that sees can’t see itself
Oh well… never mind

No hesitation
Means you don’t think twice about
What’s going on right now

ZENMASTER JAY III


NOWZEN HAIKU

Who we really are


Has no beginning or end
This is beyond words

Counting on numbers
Like flying without the wing
Only leads to letdown

It is up to you
Worldly goals lead to sorrow
So what is worldly?

ZENMASTER JAY IV
NOWZEN HAIKU

Set up your treasure


In the heaven that’s right now
Composites perish

When you want the truth


Like the air that you do breathe
Then you will have it

All imaginable
Disease is everywhere
And so is the cure

ZENMASTER JAY V
NOWZEN HAIKU

Once upon a time…


Do you know how to get off?
Without dying first?

Backwards and forwards


Is only for the people
Thinking they’re going

Make your monkey mind


One pointed singularity
Encompassing all

ZENMASTER JAY VI
NOWZEN HAIKU

Can you picture this...


The trap and the one who’s trapped
Are one and the same

Learning begets doubt


The way, the truth, and the life
Simply everywhere

Words like a finger


That is pointing at the moon
Tao called Tao ain’t Tao

ZENMASTER JAY VII


NOWZEN HAIKU

We make this moment


With tools of past and future
This is the reason

One who knows don’t speak


The one who speaks does not know
Speak for the speechless

You are what you eat


Focus makes our reality
This is what that means

ZENMASTER JAY VIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

This thing that we do


Perform again and again
Means identity

Illusions are real


To the one who is dreaming
All you can do is…

You can fix what’s broke


And you can break what’s fixed
The fixless endures

ZENMASTER JAY IX
NOWZEN HAIKU

Mind over matter


It is written in the stars
Like mass makes matter

Every mind is a world


Where ever you go there you are
Make no excuses

Is this good or bad


The perfect way is only hard
For those who choose

ZENMASTER JAY X
NOWZEN HAIKU

Reincarnation
Karma and evolution
No basis in truth

Form is formlessness
Causation not necessary
Formlessness is form

People grow old and die


Because they see others do it
Who is your master?

ZENMASTER JAY XI
NOWZEN HAIKU

Giving your power


To life or the story of…
The bed that you make

True words make no point


True lovers are not discreet
True love everywhere

Can you imagine…


Your original face is…
Really everyone’s

ZENMASTER JAY XII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Gift of eternity
Don’t wait another moment
This present is now!

I can tell you why


Heaven is now or never
But can you see why

Hell is to desire
Some other moment than this
Unlimited one

ZENMASTER JAY XIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

What really exists


Inside this moment present
Could be anything!

The future is what


Happened to the past which is
Almost going to

Perspectives do change
What’s the future and what’s past
Depends on the view

ZENMASTER JAY XIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

There can be but one


Only the truth can remain
Constant change is here

Wisdom is a broom
Held over the heart and mind
Are you swept away?

Danger is a risk
And an opportunity
Relatively speaking

ZENMASTER JAY XV
NOWZEN HAIKU

When you see a chance


To free this worldly romance
You choose to do so?

The student’s ready


And the master has arrived
Big happy family

The rules of the game


For one who knows the true self
They do not apply

ZENMASTER JAY XVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

The end always comes


Amidst doubt and confusion
Where ego begins

This very moment


There are no limitations
One hand is clapping

Of what is the light?


When one dreams, how are they lit?
Light of the one mind

ZENMASTER JAY XVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

All things seek their end


Where they do find their meaning
Lib… liberation

Peace is in the truth


Seek to follow in no one’s steps
May peace be with you

Watch close what you see


Spirits dancing in the soul
This significance

ZENMASTER JAY XVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

World weary am I…
It sure is a good thing that
Heaven is right here

The great martial art…


To express the truth you know
Just being yourself

Follow any path


With truest of devotion
You’re already there

ZENMASTER JAY XIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

In your heart and world


Breathe the source of the universe
It’s your sustenance!

Love is always in
To leave something out is fear
In and out reflect

Fundamentally
This is what happens at death…
Really… I mean it…now

ZENMASTER JAY XX
NOWZEN HAIKU

Do not strain yourself


Life, death, just concepts in flux
In every moment

Cruising in this life car


Shiny wheels are in motion
And then they fall off

Enlightenment
Progress is an illusion
…we’ve always been there

ZENMASTER JAY XXI


NOWZEN HAIKU

With things on our mind


We’re led by dreams within dreams
We must be dreaming

Master your own mind


And fear not thy own shadow
Receive… do not grasp

There just is no need


Reach for it and you will miss
Let loose… it follows

ZENMASTER JAY XXII


NOWZEN HAIKU

No wonder I gaze so often


At truth from a world of illusion
What could be more beautiful?

I just can’t place it


It’s all so original
Mystical mystery

Things are relative


Nothing is absolute
Be the absolute

ZENMASTER JAY XXIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Please do not suffer


From all there names and words around
Making the world go’ round

You see love’s the key


Found in truth, to be set free
Love is the answer

Now slip into this…


Always is and never was
Relax… just in time

ZENMASTER JAY XXIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Polluting the mind


The ill communication
You already know

Beating drums of peace


Patriotic infantry
Disturb the peaceful

Inside the boxes


Of our new world paradigm
Where is my I pod?

ZENMASTER JAY XXV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Whom does all this serve?


While this all just comes to pass…
We are the one mind

You can rest assured


The reason that we are living
Just what we’re doing

Return to nature
Don’t stay inside these four walls
Been to Hawaii?

ZENMASTER JAY XXVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Superstitious ness
Comes from not deeply knowing
The source of power

Awareness arrives
Infinity is everywhere
Planets are just planes

What a world this is


Illusion at every turn
Yet so is reality

ZENMASTER JAY XXVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

All must come to pass


So why cry over spilt milk?
There are lots of cats

The core of samsara


Lust, hatred, and ignorance
Tripods need all legs

Stay clear, so sage says


All things in moderation
Even moderation

ZENMASTER JAY XXVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Like a good days work


Can bring you a peaceful rest
Life to afterlife

The truth can shine now


That my world’s out of the way
It was there all along

Make your own weather


Exertion overcomes cold
Calmness beats the heat

ZENMASTER JAY XXIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Every where’s the center


Of the universe and life
The air that you breathe

Don’t you know it’s true?


The one you love is everywhere
Unconditional

Nothing left to lose


That’s when it all could be yours
The beauty of it

ZENMASTER JAY XXX


NOWZEN HAIKU

The truth is right now


Anything is possible
It’s always right now!

The future and past


Can only be this moment
You can see right through…

All the mind is


Two mirrors reflect each other
Perfect mind a mirror

ZENMASTER JAY XXXI


NOWZEN HAIKU

There’s just this one thing


Every single thing is just one mind
All do know this way

The deepest ground is


The highest elevation
So… can you dig it?

Wishing to attain
Just makes it stand in the way
And that is o.k.

ZENMASTER JAY XXXII


NOWZEN HAIKU

The mind that thinks


Is not different at all from
The mind that knows

Letting go what’s going


And letting come what’s coming
This is what grace is

Never nearer the light


Than when the dark is deepest
This infinite womb

ZENMASTER JAY XXXIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Waking up just means


That for real you are dreaming
Just let it all go

Mind is a black hole


With an event horizon
Have an open mind…

Stars communicate
The universe is alive
Starlight communion

ZENMASTER JAY XXXIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

The ultimate is
Letting all our moments be
Just that which they are

If you sit…just sit


And then if you stand… just stand
Just do not wobble

Thin ice on a lake


Politeness amidst company
And here comes the sun!

ZENMASTER JAY XXXV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Out to see the sights


Plucking petals from flowers
You can’t gather beauty

The smell of dirt


In concrete jungle landscapes
The people don’t know

A very blank stare


The mind that only knows the world
Is just fine actually

ZENMASTER JAY XXXVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Cut away excess


Know when enough is enough
It’s always enough

Walking in the rain


Autumn leaves float down the street
A car splashes me!

Nothing ever moves


Rivers know not where they flow
Nor we where we go

ZENMASTER JAY XXXVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

To smell the roses


I like riding bicycles
Even that’s too fast!

Appointments are made


Know why moments are fleeting?
They have places to go

It takes a soft touch


Appreciate what it is
Forget about it

ZENMASTER JAY XXXVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Just sitting around


Writing all these little poems
And my cat pets me

Breaking all the rules


When setting higher standards
Later they say hoo-ray

Better come correct


Women like the universe
Only get one chance

ZENMASTER JAY XXXIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Do people make kids


Or do kids make people
Imagination

No hope for the senses


They’re wallowing in their mud
Are you up the creek?

World cops on war paths


And there is no way to peace
But peace is the way

ZENMASTER JAY XL
NOWZEN HAIKU

Fortified food stuff


Religions for the masses
Control the people

The most sacred space


This place untainted by man
A gem in the rough

Just washing your bowl


The inaction in action
This is simple mind

ZENMASTER JAY XLI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Waking to bird song


The gaze of the beautiful
A very good sign

Dark clouds hang overhead


Thinking about things to come
Welcome to graceland

The names come and go


No need to worry about
Staying anywhere

ZENMASTER JAY XLII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Quit while you’re ahead


When the pen runs out of ink
You’ll say that it’s fate

You’ve too many words


There’s a self for every thing
You talk to your self

Kids too young to speak


Black cats with two white whiskers
Smile knowingly

ZENMASTER JAY XLIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Find penny pick her up


All day long you’ll have good luck
Unless you’re on tails

Merry go round hell


Habit ridden consciousness
Running in circles

The socialized mind


Removed from intuition
Here’s my cell number

ZENMASTER JAY XLIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Careful what you wish


When the floodgates are opened
What’s left is your life

Is your labor of love


Do you work or do you toil
Can’t wait to finish

Here in the show biz


We all like happy endings
They make us money

ZENMASTER JAY XLV


NOWZEN HAIKU

This is official
I am the authority
Nothing to question

A big hairy ape


Strolling through the lingerie
Opposites attract

I like to frequent
Secret corners of the world
You might not know of

ZENMASTER JAY XLVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

This is your story


Judging books by their covers
Then call it reading

What you just don’t know


You don’t have to understand
You already do

Sometimes I am awake
But sometimes I like to sleep
Life in the twilight

ZENMASTER JAY XLVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

How is it going?
No… really… I do mean it…
How’s it that it goes?

Always when traveling


People ask me where I’m from
Center’s everywhere

Going on memory
Anything is effortless
Once the groove is made

ZENMASTER JAY XLVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

The sun in the sky…


Just a reflection of the…
Moon on the water!

Cool dew in the air


A smile on a fair maiden
Sure signs of spring

With nothing to say


There’s no reason left to cry
About words going away

ZENMASTER JAY XLIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

If you understand
The cycle of addiction
You understand mind

Woman is the word


And man is the reason
I speak

In these soft round worlds


All shot up with asteroids
The dream of a woman

ZENMASTER JAY L
NOWZEN HAIKU

And it’s all the same


This is when it comes to truth
Progress…illusion

Beauty of music
Like life, you’ve got to flow with…
To appreciate

Get off to be on
Beauty begins with ugliness
Dynamic balance

ZENMASTER JAY LI
NOWZEN HAIKU

Just reverse your thoughts


See that the outside is in
It’s all in your head

It’s raining garbage


Right here on your evening news
Such nice packaging

Fuel for the rat race


We’ve streamlined your pleasure
Consumer science

ZENMASTER JAY LII


NOWZEN HAIKU

All things are on fire


Spontaneous combustion
The speed of space dust

Acceleration
Traversing the dimensions
The essence of fire

Such an ugly thing


With not a hair out of place
The other side calling

ZENMASTER JAY LIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

For better or for worse


The stewards of the planet
Anthropocentric

Without waking them…


How can you tell the sleeping…
You snooze and you lose?

Gotten city-eyzed
So let’s get back to nature
Love it or leave it

ZENMASTER JAY LIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Something fun to do
Like dropping the other shoe
The tack at hand done

Create a new day


Imagine the beautiful
All goes its’ own way

Tab A to slot B
Taking care of business
Insert your name here

ZENMASTER JAY LV
NOWZEN HAIKU

So industrial
Economy stimulated
Fire, kings, and women

Short end of the stick


On the other side of the coin
No correlation

Just stop making sense


Logic must be attended
Free to speak freely

ZENMASTER JAY LVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

So symbiotic
The way this mating game works
Reciprocating

Change needs a constant


And the constant is a dream
And so is the change

The customary
This so called reality
Dreamland… say hello!

ZENMASTER JAY LVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Taking it all in
Is like letting it all go
Just relax and breathe

They say déjà vu


Means that you’re on the right track
Nature is calling

Death is illusion
It’s always in the future
Dying to know this

ZENMASTER JAY LVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Ways of the wayward


They send you this way and that
Now is where Zen is!

Whole spectrum is right here


World’s bright or dim as you see
What a view it is

A ride for a song


Structure of the universe
Harmony machine

ZENMASTER JAY LIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Ask for what you want


When you are sure what it is
Then you can have it

Flying carpet rides


Use your imagination
And then you can go

Want misperceives lack


What you want you can not have
Just because you want

ZENMASTER JAY LX
NOWZEN HAIKU

Ego wants to choose


So you set limitations
To try to get around

You can’t win them all


Unless you know how to lose
Without finding loss

Manifestation
It’s a miraculous thing
Not run by mating games

ZENMASTER JAY LXI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Take it or leave it
Love it or leave it behind
Use it or lose it

It is everywhere
You see everything from here
Universal center

Separate self not real


Illness is an illusion
Healer… heal thyself!

ZENMASTER JAY LXII


NOWZEN HAIKU

You can change your mind


All is one and one is all
My favorite flavor

Been desensitized?
Regain sensitivities…
Just get out of touch

If you lose your mind


Without losing reality
You have found yourself

ZENMASTER JAY LXIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

All is the unknown


Comfortable with the mystery
That is pure genius

Not flattered by praise


Nor being hurt by the blame
Watch closely… you’ll see

Very grave matter


Time is perceiving passing
Death synonymous

ZENMASTER JAY LXIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

What does all this mean?


You can return to the root
And find the meaning

When it comes to life


Zero gravity rules…man
Gravid means pregnant

Words have resonance


Mean one thing to intellect
Another to soul

ZENMASTER JAY LXV


NOWZEN HAIKU

You will lose your mind


If you try to figure it out
And that’s a good thing

An infinite spark
Lights the entire universe
Shade is as shade does

Just one moment there


Can set you free forever
Here is where it’s at

ZENMASTER JAY LXVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Goddess universe
She seems to come near
Only in your dreams

Higher in heavens
Congruity of macro and micro
Deeper underground

By the grace of God


It’s ordered… it’s a miracle
Don’t trip on the word

ZENMASTER JAY LXVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

We are not human


And not other than human
Don’t have to get it

Possessions posses
The one who tries to control
Inevitably

God is love’s body


An unconditional love
Love is God’s mind

ZENMASTER JAY LXVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

All the words I’ve found


Better not to speak of words
You can’t see right through

With no circumference
Center can be anywhere
One sided circle

All transportation
Really teleportation
In infinite eyes

ZENMASTER JAY LXIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Knowing is flowing
Meditation is right now
Just go with the flow

Never know ‘till you go


Should you stay or should you go
But can you come back?

There’s no going back


There’s no continuity
But the perception

ZENMASTER JAY LXX


NOWZEN HAIKU

There is a constant
The self that is your true self
But it is selfless

With no peace of mind


All that’s known is suffering
Peace is the true way

The one that you love


Is most truly everywhere
Writing on the wall

ZENMASTER JAY LXXI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Once it’s seen one way


You have to re-mind yourself
To see any other

I guess you could say


When it all comes together
The project is done

All the world a stage


None of us are just actors
But the stage as well

ZENMASTER JAY LXXII


NOWZEN HAIKU

We’re superhuman
This world is our kryptonite
That makes us human

Where is your head at?


Home is where the heart is…
Infinite abode

When you choose to live


Not in funeral processions
That’s when you’ll find me

ZENMASTER JAY LXXIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

The whole universe


Every single one of us
Is the only one

The way of being


Beyond and before it all
Is this… right here… now

Bring your mind over here


Before you go over there
May you go in peace

ZENMASTER JAY LXXIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Reaching for heavens


Like they’re outside of yourself
Just brings forth more earth

Letting it be so
Doing just as it pleases
Don’t worry… you’ll get it

Want more freedom?


There is limited freedom
Amidst more choices

ZENMASTER JAY LXXV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Here in the first place


Desire to exist or not to…
Exactly the same.

Birds of a feather
Why do crowds attract crowds?
Because like finds like

All is finished
…for only the trying is left
completely undone

ZENMASTER JAY LXXVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Dispel your spellings


Break free… see the otherside
You like to ignore

Where can it be
Can’t live with or without it
Chasing my own tail

Breaking the cycle


Only determines…
The revolution

ZENMASTER JAY LXXVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

The genesis paradox…


Can something come from nothing?
Refer to yin yang

They know no sorrow


Letting it be as it is
Like leaves falling

Don’t forget who you are


And you’ll never have to have
Just half the story

ZENMASTER JAY LXXVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Formalities… fine
All that which the course is for
Let true nature shine

Taken to the brink


Of total oblivion
Your word awaits you

All things do revolve


Around one thing and nothing
Go for… all… or nothing

ZENMASTER JAY LXXIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Try to be someone?
Be with all or you will be
Nothing at all

See if you can see


That there is no such thing as…
Anything… you see

No person or place
Thus come all things in season
Original face

ZENMASTER JAY LXXX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Right, wrong, left, right


Every single thing is just
Held by the one mind

Thus all things are like


Waves to ocean, clouds to sky
Opinions to mind

Found your own way here


Enlightenment does not care
How you get there

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Do you want the truth?


And the peace that goes with it?
Then look no further

Here we go again
Our lives like falling leaves
Forever rising

Go where you do please


With the one who is everywhere
Via con Dios

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXII


NOWZEN HAIKU

So obvious it’s hidden


Where you always go is where
You always have been

The running water


Never thinking twice about
Where it is going

When all things pass away


You shall see that all things
Have always been here

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Which way shall you go?


All roads lead to the same place
Here! …all things begin.

This place… dreams were made


Built to burn yet never fade
Dreaming in twilight

Living in your dreams


And then dreaming in your life
This creates the strife

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Voice is your spirit


Speak your mind ‘till you lose it
Then you’ll find your soul

The birthplace of right


Is the deeming of the wrong
The realm of the flesh

Life technology
This mind works just like magic
Tech no logical

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Our premonitions
Ability to learn is culture
Paradigm patterns

The truth does not change


Nor does it make change occur
All things in accord

Where do they come from?


The colors of the rainbow…
Never fade in the mind

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

To venture is to gain
And then to gain is to lose
No matter what… they say

The one who is alive


Is from the one who is dead
How do you figure?

The true way of life


Is to give way to all ways
Always… forever

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

A flower in the morning sun


Does not insist on knowing
Before it will open

So close to the truth


Sitting near devotedly
Like heaven on earth

Please don’t confuse


What’s real and what’s illusion
To an end… confusion

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Until you can trust


In what can not be trusted
With all your heart

Sooner or later
All the heavens and the earth
These things come and go

It’s right over there!


See what I’m pointing at here?
Neither here nor there

ZENMASTER JAY LXXXIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

Hunger in the valley


There is plenty up on high
Living in a black hole

Hungry ghost is lacking


It’s connection with the sky
Don’t ask when… or why

Here is where you’ll be


That glorious day when you
Awake from these dreams

ZENMASTER JAY XC
NOWZEN HAIKU

The most obvious


Just seems hidden because it
Never goes away

The nature of light


Is the mind of which it’s made
With respect to the soul

You have the strength to…


Realize your truest desire
And put out the fire

ZENMASTER JAY XCI


NOWZEN HAIKU

The winds of change


Are blown out and by
Pure light of reason

This is what you do…


Perceive the anticipated
And then call it now

Better off this way


To the best of your knowledge
Worse things could happen

ZENMASTER JAY XCII


NOWZEN HAIKU

The chasms below


And the great heavens above
They’re always open

Double yellow lines


And all these troubled waters
They’re made for crossing

What does the wind say


When you cut down all the trees
No air left to breathe

ZENMASTER JAY XCIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

Round and round it goes


Where it stops, nobody knows
Wheels sure are pretty

With nothing in mind


The art flows from the heart
With beauty in the eye

Without a doubt and…


Without an education
Are one and the same

ZENMASTER JAY XCIV


NOWZEN HAIKU

To identify
A self and an other is
Misidentification

Whom encounters whom


You just can’t tell the difference
Truth be known… and shown

Clouds will form in skies


And rain will fall where fires burn
Coming down to earth

ZENMASTER JAY XCV


NOWZEN HAIKU

Bring your mind to this


A thing which it can not grasp
The mind itself

Walking on hot coals


Sleeping on a bed of nails
Make your own wisdom

It all fits somehow


Everything is connected
Like I said… one mind

ZENMASTER JAY XCVI


NOWZEN HAIKU

Gone with the program


They are afraid of the free
Once fear settles in

Down the rabbit hole…


It’s a trip to the unknown
Goes on forever

A drop in the ocean


And ocean into the drop
Thanks to infinite

ZENMASTER JAY XCVII


NOWZEN HAIKU

To think for yourself


So few know how anymore
To even think at all

Without controlling
It can all be as you wish
If you just let go

Isn’t it ironic
Between us and our truest desire
Stand only ourselves

ZENMASTER JAY XCVIII


NOWZEN HAIKU

And what do you know…


Worlds from where thoughts do gather
Where does that leave us?

Come this way with me


All things within each other
No way out is free

Without exports
The relatively important
Takes care of itself

ZENMASTER JAY XCIX


NOWZEN HAIKU

You’re getting closer


When you find the one you love
Also in yourself

Life goes by too fast


Also by too slow for want
Of the deathlessness

The most time there is


Fits into the least moment
Time just warps the mind

ZENMASTER JAY C
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Waves are a time warp


Nothing is moving at all
All is still… moving

Like dust in the wind


It just takes two to tango
The whole world appears

Who deems what is what?


I’d like to tell you it’s I…
But really it’s us

ZENMASTER JAY CI
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Wanting to be done
And yet not wanting to be
Makes for quite a fix

This is the challenge


To know the unknowable…
Be impossible

This is without doubt


And it makes me wonder
But not confused

ZENMASTER JAY CII


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Which one do you like?


The one you choose will show you
That they’re all the same

The only thing holding


The human potential back
Is what we call human

This we call earth…


The wind in the change afoot
This fire of desire

ZENMASTER JAY CIII


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The air you breathe


Does not come from outside you
If you only knew

It’s funny isn’t it…


That the less you break the rules
The more you forget you can!

Grimace for greeting


Coloring inside the lines
Pretty much status quo

ZENMASTER JAY CIV


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Seen the shoppers lately?


So much grimacing going on
Future must look grim

No objective world
You might call it translating
Interpretation

Carrot hung from head


There are infinite layers
To this existence

ZENMASTER JAY CV
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Pain pales compared to


Longing for another moment…
This is suffering

Fear not and go forth


When the dark is the deepest
You are in the light

‘Till the end of time


Beauty is anesthesia
Use it wisely

ZENMASTER JAY CVI


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I can tell you why


Right now… but the how
Would take forever

The foolish desires


Serve as guiding lights and rails
For those on the way

An all time illusion


Like it’s taken us eons
In just one instant

ZENMASTER JAY CVII


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Are you getting lost?


Keeping up appearances
Substance out of touch

That is what you get


Mixing divine and mundane
Story of my life

Our cherished sayings


Contain deepest of wisdom
From our point of view

ZENMASTER JAY CVIII


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Hot for impulsive


Cold for deliberate
That’s the way it goes

Do unto others
Show respect where respect is due
Takes one to know one

Grass always greener


Like a free world over there…
Or so I hear

ZENMASTER JAY CIX


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Here, there, everywhere


The path that no one goes down
The one we are all on

The mind is a cage


Those with thoughts yet not thinking
They are free to go

This life and the next


Virtues create events
The way that we are

ZENMASTER JAY CX
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Behind the scenes


What does not make any sense
Is just that which does

Doing it justice
Just what I’m talking about
I just can not say

What’s real and what’s not


By a thin line you’ve been caught
Dream and dreamer alike

ZENMASTER JAY CXI


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A timeless practice
Dispelling ignorance
Is a full time job

It’s nice to know


That forgetting is the way
To really know

Another way of
Interpreting your self
All by your self

ZENMASTER JAY CXII


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Death… the entering


Into life... is the exit
Ultimate playground!

The experiences of life


Are the paint on the canvas
Of life itself

Universally speaking
The verb, the noun, and the pronoun
Are one

ZENMASTER JAY CXIII


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Make way for the king!


How do I know who he is?
The last one standing

The color and the shape


Like death just a perception
Just find what forms them

It all has a use


All happens for a reason
From man to woman

ZENMASTER JAY CXIV


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Lead horses to water


But you can not make them drink
The fountain of youth

How to create it
The stuff that dreams are made of
Visualization

When all’s said and done


No one left to care about
What the score is

ZENMASTER JAY CXV


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ZENMASTER JAY CXVI