Mountain Dreamer

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The following are words taken from the book The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have not read it. I get these words from the 2014 datebook I purchased at the awesome Brush Dance. You should go there to get yours. (Yes, they’re having a huge sale right now. Wall calendars and journals and more are also offered).

I first clicked with them, because they offered a beautifully done (well, they are all beautifully done!) datebook for 2010 I think it was that featured words from Thich Nhat Hanh founder of Plum Village and the ever amazing Jewel of the Lotus theme.

I chose this datebook very carefully out of the selection offered, as I try to do each year. This is the year of my Journey. My Grand Escape. I go seeking mountains first and then rivers, lakes and eventually the sea. Enjoy these words. It is my Hope that they will take me far and help me find my Place in this world.


It doesn’t interest me what you

do for a living. I want to know

what you ache for and if you dare

to dream of meeting your

heart’s longing.


It doesn’t interest me

how old you are.

I want to know

if you will risk

looking like a fool

for love

for your dream

for the adventure of being alive.


It doesn’t interest me

what planets are

squaring your moon…

I want to know

if you have touched

the centre of your own sorrow

if you have been opened

by life’s betrayals

or have become shrivelled and closed

from fear of further pain.


I want to know

if you can sit with pain

mine or your own

without moving to hide it

or fade it

or fix it.


I want to know

if you can be with joy

mine or your own

if you can dance with wildness

and let the ecstasy fill you

to the tips of your fingers and toes

without cautioning us

to be careful

to be realistic

to remember the limitations

of being human.


It doesn’t interest me

if the story you are telling

is true.

I want to know if you can

disappoint another

to be true to yourself.

If you can bear

the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.


I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.


I want to know

if you can live with failure

yours and mine

and still stand at the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,



It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live

or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up

after a night of grief and despair

weary and bruised to the bone

and do what needs to be done

to feed the children.


It doesn’t interest me

who you know

or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand

in the centre of the fire

with me

and not shrink back.


It doesn’t interest me

where or what or with whom

you have studied.

It want to know

what sustains you

from the inside

when all else falls away.


I want to know

if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like

the company you keep

in the empty moments.


Happy New Year!
Blessings that 2014 will be Better than the year before
Because truth be told 2013 was pretty awful for me. The only Brightness was the means to my Grande Escape finally falling within my grasp.
I mean to not squander the opportunity for Change, for Life for Love for Freedom.
I bid you do the same with the Gifts that are yours.

Of Interest: Blacks In American Buddhism – Article in The Buddhist Channel from 2005. Perhaps I’ll write a response post as it touches on so many of things I’ve experienced as a Black Buddhist in America. It also mentions how Buddhism is commodified in the US – something rarely spoken about, I know from experience.

And interestingly enough mentions the Soka Gakkai International (my particular brand of Buddhism) as not only very diverse, but being one of the most accessible sanghas in the world. It doesn’t cost a penny to learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

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