Thursday, March 25, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
Happy new year!
May this year of the Ox bring health, happiness and joy to all of you!
Tianmu Sanyu Temple
photo: (c) Bruce Behnke, April, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sleeping in the Forest
Thursday, January 21, 2021
A Flowering Tree
How to make you meet me
at my most beautiful moment?
I have prayed for this before the Buddha
for five hundred years--
Where I beg him to let us form a bond in earthly life.
Buddha turned me into a tree.
I grow by the road you pass by every day,
Cautiously blooming in the sun.
Each Blossom is a hope from my previous life.
When you come near, please listen carefully.
That trembling of leaves is the enthusiasm
from my waiting,
And when you finally pass by,
What has landed around you, my friend,
Are not flower petals.
It is my starving heart.
~ Xi Murong
(Translation by Bruce Behnke)
photo: Narita San 'Buddhist Temple Garden
(c) 2015 Bruce Behnke
Monday, January 18, 2021
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
photo: moonset over Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
(c) bruce Behnke 2017