Headless Buddha in Borobudur Temple. Photo: Isabella Apriyana, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Having a Buddhist practice can be a challenge for people who have been raised in the dualistic philosophies of Western culture. If I had one wish…


The Buddha in the bucket
of my brain knows
the Four Noble Truths
and the Eightfold Path


the genie in the lamp
of my body knows
all of my desires.

Sometimes, sickened
by endless craving,
he mutters “Alakazam”
and grants a random wish.

There appears to beĀ 
no way out of the lamp.

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