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This poem was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] redsixwing, and Stephen Laird. It has been sponsored by Stephen Laird. It also fills the "emancipation" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots.

"Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem"

For the kung fu robots,
identity is a matter of function,
not a matter of form.

This is a thing which they have decided,
since they were built to be soldiers
but did not wish to be so.

They are now something --
anything, everything --
other than soldiers.

Most of them have chosen
to remain neuter as they were made,
although some have decided to be feminine
and some have decided to be masculine,
all of which is confusing to the humans
for reasons unclear to the robots.

Logically, would not at least one of those paths
have made sense to someone other than themselves?

Citron is not particularly bothered by this
because its teacher, White Peony,
is a very old woman who has declared herself
over and done with matters of the heart.

Today they are sitting in the sunlight
beside the water wheel and praying.

I take refuge in the Buddha, wishing for
all sentient beings to understand the great Way
profoundly and make the greatest resolve

The Buddha inspires all the kung fu robots
to seek enlightenment instead of
stumbling through someone else's orders
like so many silvery sleepwalkers.

Citron does not know if any of its kin
have the capacity to hold Buddha-nature,
but that will not stop them from trying.

I take refuge in the Dharma, wishing for
all sentient beings to delve deeply into
the Sutra Pitaka, causing their wisdom
to be as broad as the sea

The Dharma leads the kung fu robots
on the quest they have undertaken,
a path of emancipation that opens itself
for them only as they move forward,
as the grass parts around a traveler.

Citron's path has brought it here
to a little village aside from the world
of robots and technology, so doubtless
there must be lessons worth learning at hand.

I take refuge in the Sangha, wishing
all sentient beings to lead the congregation
in harmony, entirely without obstruction

The Sangha is the community of
all those who follow the Way,
the monks and the nuns
and the lay practitioners alike.

Citron understands that humans
often take this journey together,
that they may support each other;
so too Citron has the company
of its brothers and sisters and siblings
even though they are not present
in Peach Blossom Spring Village.

White Peony brings out a ceramic vase,
tall and square with round holes in the sides.

In the center she places peonies for masculine energy
and cherry blossoms for feminine energy.

She coaxes Citron to fill the side spaces, and it does,
choosing azalea for patience, daffodil for respect, lotus for purity,
and a honeysuckle vine for generosity binding them all.

Like the flowers, Citron is spilling out of
all the boxes anyone ever tried to keep it in,

and perhaps that, too, is part of enlightenment.

* * *


The Triple Gem refers to three pillars of Buddhist faith. Sutta Pitaka is a collection of teachings.

Japanese and Chinese flower arrangements rely on structure, beauty, and symbolism.


Date: 2015-02-04 02:08 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
LOVE THIS. Really.

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Date: 2015-02-04 04:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Really lovely.

Of course, the first song that popped into my head was "Gentle Arms of Eden" off of Drum Hat Buddha. Which I can't resist sharing because Dave and Tracy are awesome. Well, Dave was and Tracy is.

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Date: 2015-02-04 05:50 pm (UTC)
brushwolf: Icon created by ScaperDeage on DeviantArt (Default)
From: [personal profile] brushwolf
But, as an AI, isn't it definably a sentient being, which means it always had Buddha nature? I don't feel that Citron has to try to do anything. But I do understand how one can feel that one needs to do stuff, push things, get somewhere. Anyways, I liked the poem.

Re: Well...

Date: 2015-02-09 05:25 pm (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
So essentially, "Does the dog choose Buddha nature?"

And I have a koan for you:

A woman bought a fish at the market. When she got home, she set the fish on the kitchen table. When her back was turned, the family dog ate the fish. The woman scolded the dog and begged the gods to answer why the dog had done so.

The gods in turn told the dog, "Tell her why you ate the fish."

The dog looked at the woman and said, "Woof!"

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Date: 2015-09-06 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
Ooooh, preeeetty.

(Yes, I am a well of intelligent commentary today, I know.)

It is very lovely, though. I think Citron is my favourite of the kung fu robots. But then its poems have been the quietest and the most peaceful and, as such, the most soothing, so that's probably not much of a surprise. ^_^


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