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A sage teaches how to use our mind, body and speech so as to address the subtle laws of nature, whereby we may increase the quality of our being; his/her followers teach religion. This poem talks about the harmfulness of an institution getting more authority than one's personal communion with Tao. This poem is founded upon the words and life of Buddha (though not seeking to create a literal representation thereof), whom has said his teachings are "but a handful of leaves compared to the far greater amount of leaves of a forest". This poem emphasizes Buddha was himself never Buddhist, and had attained his enlightenment in nature, not in a temple or monastery. I wanted to share this poem because of having received repeated bias and aggressive condemnation from wisdom traditions such as Buddhism for cultivating myself spiritually without religion, independent of tradition. Zen/Chan Buddhism classically states that religious teachings are but a finger pointing unto the moon; the pointing finger should not be confused for the moon itself. In my experience so far, however, this emancipated attitude seems to have completely perished from the world.

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