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Wedding Anniversary - Poem by gershon hepner

Revered as books some have collected, our
relationship is one through which we browse
each day; it is a cut but unpressed flower
we treasure like the love that we espouse.
Revere and worship and adore with flowers,
banners, incense, parasols, and bells,
not books, but anniversaries like ours.
Pour forth libations, spirit from the wells
where they mature like wine;
saluting bonds between us bonds that endure
within our hearts, and twine within that shrine,
an amatory musculature.

Inspired by our wedding anniversary, the 38th, but who is counting? Some of the language was borrowed from Holland Cotter’s review of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of books written on palm-leafs in honor of Prajnaparamita, the Buddha’s mother (“From Ancient India, Rare Palm-Leaf Books, ” NYT, August 29,2008) :
All the palm-leaf manuscripts we know of are religious books, transcriptions of Buddhist scriptures, or sutras. A few sutras were favorites, and by far the most frequently copied one was “Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita, ” or “Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Verses.” Said to have been written — or spoken — by the Buddha himself, it was more likely compiled over centuries. Like many texts generated by an ardently proselytizing faith, it simultaneously had its head in the clouds and was down to earth. On the one hand, the sutra defines wisdom as a transcendent consciousness, a state of ego-erasure so profound that the reality of emptiness as the ultimate fact of life becomes clear. To reach this understanding was the goal of monastic practice. It was to gain Buddha-level knowledge, which was the knowledge you needed to gain before you could do the one thing worth doing, which was to help others in need. Balanced against this high-minded goal was another. “Perfection of Wisdom” also implied that a smart devotee might use the sutra as a kind of existential survival kit, a magical talisman. With its help you could ward off illness, accidents and other material harm. And you could acquire things: money, a spouse, an extra cow, healthy children, and lots of them. So palm-leaf manuscripts, like most art, had multiple uses. They circulated spiritual information. They functioned as protective charms. They served as religious offerings, gifts from which karmic returns were expected. And they became objects of worship. Prajnaparamita was not only a form of wisdom, but also a female deity who had roots in ancient goddess worship and was identified with the Buddha’s mother. The sutra itself explains that if the Buddha is kind enough to give you a book like this, you should “revere, adore and worship it with flowers, incense, unguents, parasols, banners, bells, flags and rows of lamps all around.” Such exalted copies of “Perfection of Wisdom” were doubtless lovingly preserved and pampered in temple treasuries or monastic libraries, though this did not guarantee their safety. When Muslim and Hindu raiders swept into northeastern India in the 12th century, they destroyed countless Buddhist foundations and burned their contents. Fleeing monks carried at least some palm-leaf books — portability was a decisive factor here — to monasteries in Tibet and Nepal, where they remained until recent times. Few if any of the Buddhist palm-leaf manuscripts now in museums were actually found in India. And a book could have a final use. It could be a personal possession; something to keep at home, carry around, examine up close whenever you pleased. That’s basically the experience offered by the scattering of palm-leaf pages at the Met, with their elegantly written texts and magnetic little pictures.


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Poems About Anniversary

  1. 101. Wedding Anniversary , gershon hepner
  2. 102. An Anniversary Wish , Seema Chowdhury
  3. 103. My Gift Of Wedding Anniversary.......... , Ravi Sathasivam
  4. 104. Zero Days The Zero Hope , Antonio Liao
  5. 105. Haiku - Migratory Birds , john tiong chunghoo
  6. 106. She Looks Fatten To Her Fancy Dress , nimal dunuhinga
  7. 107. Wedding Anniversary And Father’s Day , Theresa Ann Moore
  8. 108. In Remembrance Of A Friend… , Jim Milks
  9. 109. 'Arbeit Macht Frei' , nimal dunuhinga
  10. 110. The First Anniversary Sonnet , Bob Genevro
  11. 111. Missing You , Karin Elizabeth Martin
  12. 112. To My Wife On Our Anniversary , Jim Milks
  13. 113. 15th Anniversary , Philo Yan
  14. 114. One Year , Kirsten Gray
  15. 115. Life Goes On , ivor or ivor.e hogg
  16. 116. Travel Haiku - Grenada Escapade , john tiong chunghoo
  17. 117. First Party , Callie Carroll
  18. 118. Veil Of Death , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  19. 119. Haiku - The Stream Flows Trailing Time I.. , john tiong chunghoo
  20. 120. After All The Years , Joyce Hemsley
  21. 121. Front Page , Bill Grace
  22. 122. Haiku - Tsunami Anniversary , john tiong chunghoo
  23. 123. On Our Anniversary , Kavya ...
  24. 124. Aniversary , brian roy skyers
  25. 125. One Month Anniversary (2) , Tanner Gallman
  26. 126. The Feeling Of Missing You , Nancy Wang
  27. 127. 14th Anniversary , Philo Yan
  28. 128. With A Sunset , Joyce Chelmo
  29. 129. Mirror Tanka , Chenou Liu
  30. 130. - Perfect - , Aparna Chatterjee
  31. 131. Ring Of Gold , Joyce Hemsley
  32. 132. Sonnet: On My Brother’s Marriage Anniver.. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  33. 133. From A Biologically-Not-Belonging Daughter , Bashyam Narayanan
  34. 134. Other 9/11s , Chenou Liu
  35. 135. Happy Marriage Anniversary, Dear Spouse! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  36. 136. Flatworm Beheaded , Ima Ryma
  37. 137. 9 Months , Reaper G...
  38. 138. A Woman's Life , Geraldine Kelly
  39. 139. Our Constant Reminder , David Harris
  40. 140. Companionship , Seema Chowdhury
  41. 141. Today, Let's Celebrate Our Love , Almedia Knight Oliver
  42. 142. Rivers , Lee B. Mack
  43. 143. Happy 2nd Anniversary Sister , Seema Chowdhury
  44. 144. Bach Means Brook , gershon hepner
  45. 145. Tohoku Tsunami Anniversary Haiku , john tiong chunghoo
  46. 146. William Shakespeare's 23april,1564 , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  47. 147. Union , gershon hepner
  48. 148. First Encounter - Taib Mahmud , john tiong chunghoo
  49. 149. Chris The Animator , Christina Sunrise
  50. 150. Remembering Sunday , RIC S. BASTASA
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