The Day I Left For Good

How I loved looking at Avalokiteshvara !
standing attentively listening
a thousand eyes open to the suffering of the world;
but that’s not how I woke up.

Hundreds of hours of energy healing practices
extending the sense of touch
through chakras, organs and solid objects;
but that’s not how I woke up.

Many thousands of mantras
the speech of the Buddhas
chanted diligently, dutifully, determined;
but that’s not how I woke up.

Fasting regularly to develop discipline
and self control
and good health
patience too;
but that’s not how I woke up.

Reading hundreds of books
by authors with unpronounceable names
who made everyday experience sound exotic;
that’s definitely not how I woke up.

Attending empowerments
rituals, services
and blessings
could not have had
less to do
with how I woke up.

Bowing three times
before pictures of holy people
burning incense
or ringing bells;
that really had no part in how I woke up.

There is just one thing
that had any part to play
in how I woke up:
I left.
I left here for good.

I never did wake up.
Waking up just got tired
of following the I around.

Enough of this farce !
Said the awakeawarenothing
That had never been anywhere else

What a frabjous day !
That memorable day
the day I left for good.

Dedicated to people everywhere seeking truth, living truth,
falling into the bottomless expanse of truth.

May anyone who reads this awaken.


Thanks to this site for the thangka photo:

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A former seeker starts blogging.
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8 Responses to The Day I Left For Good

  1. Just loved this post! I know, all that stuff I used to do just fell away one day. Some friends still don’t understand. And that doesn’t matter.

  2. dadirri7 says:

    i used to do it all too … now i just hang out with whatever is happening … the rolling joy of being, the vast aliveness, contentment at seeing everything move/change … but i could not say i have left for good yet!

    • dominic724 says:

      Not yet.
      I may use that, the roller joy of being.
      I’ll write about it more in future posts – experience keeps changing, same as ever, but the backdrop of absence is stable.
      Thanks for your comment Christine.

  3. I LOVE THIS. Thank you, Dominic. That’s not how I woke up, either! What a coincidence, heh?

  4. tomkuoh says:

    Reblogged this on THOMAS KUOH and commented:
    Wow, read this, if you are ready, this will pop you.

    • dominic724 says:

      Thomas ! Nice to hear from you. Yes, I guessed a reblog when the little cascade of hits coming to an older post started. 😉 Am a regular proponent of reblogging. Love the comment. – d

  5. Shantideva says:

    So true… but a lot of us need to go through these hardships before being ready to unveil the truth. I went though it too and I surely recommend this to a lot of us. We are all so different in need and understanding. This is a good way if one does not get too much entangled in institutional rituals and behavior for the rest of one’s life. 😉 Sometimes a shortcut is not possible. At the end of the day it all points to truth… It is only a matter of not spending a too much time analysing the pointer but looking towards what it is pointing to.

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