A love poem by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 8, 2008
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Love‘s Fool.

What is love?
What is love.
Love is a fading memory.
Love is piercingly present.
Love is full of charm.
Love is hideously in the way.
Explosion of love makes you feel ecstatic.
Explosion of love makes you feel suicidal.
Love brings goodliness and godliness.
Love brings celestial vision.
Love creates the unity of heaven and earth.
Love tears apart heaven and earth.
Is love sympathy.
Is love gentleness.
Is love possessiveness.
Is love sexuality.
Is love friendship.
Who knows?
Maybe the rock knows,
Sitting diligently on earth,
Not flinching from cold snowstorms or baking heat.
O rock,
How much I love you:
You are the only loveable one.
Would you let me grow a little flower of love on you?
If you don’t mind,
Maybe I could grow a pine tree on you.
If you are so generous,
Maybe I could build a house on you.
If you are fantastically generous,
Maybe I could eat you up,
Or move you to my landscape garden.
It is nice to be friends with a rock!

From Timely Rain: Selected Poetry of Chögyam Trungpa. Written July 1975. First published in FIRST THOUGHT BEST THOUGHT.


Bonus (could do without the music, but otherwise):


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “A love poem by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.”

  1. admin says:

    Kate Casavecchia Crisp Today at 8:20am
    True. Rocks make good pals.

  2. […] Chogyam Trungpa on ”desolation, relationships, and loneliness as consort.” […]

  3. zijifish says:

    the funny thing is….HE DID BUILD A HOUSE ON A ROCK!! at Karme Choling. and the rock sits in the main living room, where it was encompassed in the expansion of the build around the time this poem was written. and it was his favorite spot at Karme Choling. and continues to be a favorite of many. big ass solid rock. sitting in the living room of a Buddhist retreat center in the northeast kingdom of Vermont!!

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  5. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Great poems!