Motoring to The Other Shore

ride 2 other shore~ d nelson

Dreaming of reaching the other shore
of Freedom & Enlightenment.
Once safely there, fulfilling the last letting go
of the supportive vessel which gets me there.

ride 2 other shore 3 ~d nelson

Being a dream, I fancied a vehicle,
a bit different from a hand-made raft (which itself is a metaphor for wisdom teachings & practice),
but rather like the one my uncle restored
in 1972 while listening to Beach Boys 45’s,
long ago when I was a kid.

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Confident that I’ll release this transport,
along with all desires & notions
once on the other shore,
I’m indulging now in a little model
fantasy of color, horsepower & chrome.

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Sweet, this dream of venturing on highways
inward to find that peaceful, distant peaceful shore.
Perhaps, with mind calm, this vehicle cleverly
decelerates slow enough to out-maneuver
fire’s smoke many of us are breathing,
and skillfully bring peace, understanding where there’s
injustice, hunger, anger & divisiveness, discrimination, misperceptions,
& sad circuses; going on in places high & low,
near, far & all around right where we’re cruisin’.

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“In the same way, monks, I have taught the Dharma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto. Understanding the Dharma as taught compared to a raft, you should let go even of Dharmas, to say nothing of non-Dharmas.” ~Buddha, Water-Snake Simile (simile of the raft), AlagaddΕ«pama Sutta


58 Replies to “Motoring to The Other Shore”

  1. Wonderful David…I appreciate these words you wrote…”the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto”…I was reminded this week I don’t need a yacht…I’d just like to be on one for a few weeks…maybe it’s not the same…but that’s how I read it in my hedy head πŸ€“πŸ’« many smiles for a happy day ~ hedy

  2. My brother had a panel wagon like that yellow one David, though he was a green one. Ah the road trip and to ‘keep on truckin’ from the past. Love the quote from Thay … the raft, not to cling to but for a crossing over to something other. Thanks David. By the way power was cut off to a nearby local community due to a fire here on Northern Vancouver Island. Numerous fires, though most are quite small. Very unusual for this part of the Pacific Coast. Hmmm…. smell the smoke. And so many are suffering.

    1. thanks for sharing motoring memories, Bruce!
      sorry to hear of nearby fires, but fortunately
      they’re small. i’m still breathing smoke; how much depends on the winds. wishing you happiness & safety on that journey
      to the other shore πŸ™‚

  3. Safe travels David, and may you enjoy the peace, freedom and enlightenment of the journey, regardless of the destination!
    I have read of the fires in your part of the world, and I send you best wishes for clean air.
    A lot of hot air (one way or the other) is being generated in the world at the moment, it seems – despite that the numbers of us who would wish for cool calm peaceful air far outnumber the hot air generators.
    Sending wishes for equanimity on your smiling journey,

    1. smiling to your kind wishes, dear Sarah!
      there is peace, freedom & glimpses
      of enlightenment along my journey,
      except when there’s not!
      yes, may we all have cool
      fresh air to breathe
      in happiness & safety!
      wishing you joyfully
      successful soap making πŸ™‚

    1. i’m grateful for your inviting others along on this journey to freedom, Rosaliene!
      now I subbed a raft for a car, but a train is much more appropriate
      for a true bodhisattva, who wishes to help others reach enlightenment before themselves.
      so yes, a train! here’s one of my special memories of a soul train:

    1. oh yes, thank you, dear Val!
      taking care of the vessel
      and perhaps washing off the smoke
      out of the eyes, i can relate!
      wishing you sweet
      cruising in happiness πŸ™‚

  4. To quote Neil Young : Maybe The Beach Boys
    Have got you now
    With those waves
    Singing “Caroline No”
    Rollin’ down
    That empty ocean road
    Gettin’ to the surf on time.

    Long may you run.
    Long may you run.
    Although these changes
    Have come
    With your chrome heart shining
    In the sun
    Long may you run.

    peace, LInda

    1. such a sweet reflection, Linda!
      Neil Young’s tribute to a friend
      using Brian Wilson’s affection!
      Well, I was remembering a tune
      with a few more horsepowers.
      wishing you a happy moment: πŸ™‚

  5. The journey is so different for each of us, but I love to hear about how others are travelling, like you David and how there is no “one way” but many pathways and many ways to get there! Happy travels always my friend ✈️😎

    1. Thank you for supporting me
      & others on their sacred journey, dear Karen!
      Certainly not my way or the highway.
      A highway for all, whatever the vehicle (or raft).
      may you be well πŸ™‚

    1. Smiling to your kind encouragement, dear Betty!
      It’s a sweet journey to where we’re going.
      Happy that this time is filled with
      friendly, wise travelers like you πŸ™‚

    1. makes me happy to have your recognition
      of my vintage vehicle, dear Lignum Draco!
      as it is often parked or in for repair
      i can appreciate the sentiment
      regarding this journey.
      may you be happy πŸ™‚

    1. smiling to your accompaniment
      along this journey, Rupali!
      usually the music is birds, breezes & streams.
      but nice to hear inspiring songs and chants, also.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

  6. Love all modes of transport dear David.. It matters not what the gleam of the metal outer shell.. But what lays in the heart of the engine that gets us from A to B… May your wheels continue to forever spin my friend, as you return home to the start of your outward journey… The checked Flag I am sure will be waving a welcome.. ❀

    1. thank you for sharing your appreciation of the journey, dear Sue!
      usually i’m not going any faster than i can pedal,
      but from time to time i let the wind blow throw hair
      along highways & byways.
      smiling to your sweet wishes for me
      and other on journeys of the heart πŸ™‚

  7. hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay i do not hav a car but i do have a majik flying koaster wot tayks me playses i want to go!!! wel umm sumtimes it duz not tayk me ware i want to go but i gess maybe sumtimes yore proper destinayshun isnt the wun yoo thawt it wuz??? ok bye

  8. Loved your pictures, David. I actually watched a movie yesterday and one line has stayed with me …. “It is not the destination that is important. It is the journey that is.” Enlightenment is a life-long journey which come to think of it is strangely ironic. Why? Well, at least for me, the more I understand the more questions I have and the more I realize how much I don’t understand. Life itself is a mystery not meant to be understood. Awesome post!! πŸ¦‹

    1. i appreciate sharing of your road to enlightenment,
      enjoying the journey, as it winds its way
      to wherever it’s going, dear Amy!
      a moment of focused awareness
      as we breathe is a moment
      of enlightenment,
      according to my teacher.
      wishing you a relaxed, happy day πŸ™‚

  9. Enjoy your journey, my friend, I’ve been rather busy lately but wanted to send you a word or two about your excellent post which comes to me leaving one shore (any shore for that matter) and crossing to the next shore. And as we know, you can’t go back for nothing is the same, not even the raft. And for certain, we have changed… jc

    1. thank you for being peacefully along
      on this twisty, turning journey, JC!
      seems things are endlessly changing
      whether noticed or not.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

    1. thank you, dear poet, for your poetic words!
      i may bruisin’
      but not what i’m choosin’
      in the realm of happiness & contentment.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

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