I abandon refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
I exit the temple door. There is nowhere to spend three jewels, no beggar to receive them.
Merit earned by chanting cannot be given to those who do not chant.
I abandon refuge in the Buddha:
To exist is not to suffer,
It is to struggle, and that’s different.
I abandon refuge in the Dharma:
To quiet your desire cannot save you,
because desire is not the enemy.
I abandon refuge in the Sangha:
Their ship is built to sail a thousand lifetimes,
but the shoal will hit in 60 years.
There is no soul in this frame,
It is only earth and blood.
It hungers and I feed it,
It lusts and I turn to another.
I take risks for love, I walk across the world.
With blistered feet I sing joyful songs.
I abandon refuge,
I exit the temple door.
Let no man want what he already has.
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