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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

The Thorn Bush of Painful Thought

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

I would fight to the death

before I’d do that!” He sighed.

His girlfriend responded,

Are you sure you want

to think of such things?

After an uncomfortable pause

I added:


vulnerable and spontaneous,

could be a funny thing.

For we are not limited

to just two choices

of either suppressing

our darker thoughts

or giving voice to them.

Upon the Buddha’s path

when our mindfulness

like a small bird

alights gently

upon the thorn bush

of painful thought

we can harness its momentum

to drive the cogs and gears

of our compassion

and the wisdom of letting go.”


in days of yore

just as draft horses

were harnessed to farm equipment

that they might

plow the fields,

likewise we could harness

our anger, or fear

to drive the engines

of our love and letting-go.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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