Just In Case

The staff of the mountain monk: history and meaning of the shakujo ...I know my older sister passed this way.

At the top of the mountain, I spread my outer robe where perhaps she once spread hers.

I set down my bowl, and there was her staff, the twin of my own.

Using both staffs, I lowered myself down and leaned back against a large gray rock.

I let go of the staffs and my hands were empty.

The mountain went on holding me. Then it let me go.

Now I also leave behind my staff, just in case you ever pass this way.

—Bhikshuni Mettika, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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