Douglas Penick

Vajrasadhu's Song Of Introduction - Poem by Douglas Penick

Suffering is an endless chain of cause and effect.
Liberation is spontaneous, awake.

Because the awakened state is the natural state,
There is no separation or non-separation.
Because wisdom is spontaneous presence,
There is no obstruction or absence of obstruction.
Because compassion is the natural way of acting,
There is no hesitation and no certainty.

Surrender completely to the world of phenomena:
Love is the gateway and the offering.
This is the light of freedom.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

At a time when he is dejected and depressed, Gesar of Ling finds himself in the presence of a wandering warrior who, unbeknownst to him, is the great protector, Varjrasadhu. As they drink together, Vajrasadhu sings this song.

This appears in CROSSINGS ON A BRIDGE OF LIGHT, Mill City Press, p.20, and is avaiable at

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 20, 2012

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