Joanne Kyger
from The Distressed Look
Buddhism Without A Book


                                          Well, you had to find it some
                     where       another person passed simplicity
                 on to you, the practice of some syllables
              the position of a seated body      and you believe
           a lineage of recognition        of 'mind'

           not perfect, but intimate
           with suffering
           and the futility of maintaining
           those troublesome states
           of fear and hate

           "Try this
      Lift the corners of your mouth slightly
  and take three breaths
this is known as mouth yoga"               ( * Yvonne Rand)

It has nothing to do with smiling
It has nothing to do with happiness

                                                       MARCH 7, 2003