May 21, 2016 – Buddhist Poetry with Diana Clark

Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:30am – 3:30pm
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

Just as from a heap of flowers
Many garlands can be made,
So, you, with your mortal life
Can do many skillful things.
(Dhp 53)

Hatred never ends through hatred.
By non-hate alone does it end.
This is an ancient truth.
(Dhp 5)

Poetry, as a means to capture, explore, express and celebrate the Buddhist tradition, is an integral part of the earliest teachings. In addition to discourses containing a mixture of prose and verse, the early Buddhist literature contains anthologies of poems, many of which are attributed to women.  The poems may be very short and describe the moment of awakening, or they may be longer, expounded on a dharma topic or recording a conversation between the Buddha and an esteemed individual.  Whatever their content, poems provide an opportunity for us to listen with our hearts to the words of the earliest Buddhists.  Please join us as we read and discuss different poems from the earliest Buddhist texts.

Diana Clark has a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. She practices and teaches at IMC and at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Please bring your lunch. This class is offered on a donation basis. Pre-registration not required.