In truth Buddha nature is everything, so then
Did Buddha nature play a part in
Bombing Nagasaki and Hiroshima and why
Are the histories of the Buddhist east
As bloody and as savage
as the war-torn Christian west?
I have no easy answers
But offer this
Buddha Nature-Nuclear bomb
Nirvana a bomb
To the illusion of self
That’s what nirvana is
No suicide, but still
A gun to the head of self.
Nature says do, survive, assert, intend
Buddha sees the third eye explode
A mushroom cloud in your head–
Buddha sits in every whole and broken atom.
Poem appeared first in
“Of One and Many Worlds”