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A Shambhala Day Poem

by Reed Bye

This poem was presented to the Boulder Community after the Sadhana of Mahamudra on Shambhala Day, on the occasion of our good-bye celebration for Ulrike Halpern, our outgoing Center Director.  

Shambhala Day  2015

How lucky to live in the light of this center’s
Warm red pulse that calls
Come forward whatever you are
Receive yourself in this place in your brilliance
Take off your shoes
Your hat of crusted tiresomeness
You don’t have to hold an umbrella under this rain

How lucky to live in the light of this palace
And bow at the gates of its elements
How they were gathered, refined through the practice
Of many vows to free us
From limiting ourselves
To all the ideas we dress up in

How lucky we are to live in this light
That shines through us
We are all transparent HO!
A terrible trick has been played
But we’re learning to lift it
Over our heads
And expose dreams and schemes
Of little desires HO HO!

This ground has been warmed for our seats
To see through the light of our goodness

At the cusp of another year
For those who have made a path
Out of the simple truth of being
And the wind in its woods
And the scent it leaves, how lucky


Reed ByeReed Bye’s most recent books include Catching On (Monkey Puzzle 2013) and Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems (United Artists Books, 2005). A CD of original songs, Broke Even, came out from Fast Speaking Music in 2013. He teaches courses in writing and poetics at the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University and has practiced Shambhala Buddhist meditation for many years.


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4 responses to “ A Shambhala Day Poem ”
  1. Dan Hessey
    Apr 3, 2015

    How wonderful! Real poetry indeed!

  2. Hey ho, the happy yogi!
    Good to read you…

  3. Reed,

    So lovely! Thank you, Susan

  4. Thank you, Reed, for sharing this, for writing it.
    I agree completely!

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