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YabYum / Crown


Sharon Hawley

Your Compassion surrounds me
kind arms around Wisdom
finally free from desire and sense

Pauli Dutton

how can a Bodhisattva
embrace both compassion and wisdom?
be a woman

Maja Trochimczyk


I want that crown.

That one. In the middle,
right above the eight-armed
Avalokiteshvara of gilded
bronze with blue paint.

I want that crown.

I want the divine light
to paint my thoughts
with the blue of wisdom,
with the gold of compassion.

I want my eyes to sparkle
with the jewel hues
of enlightenment.

I want to soar in the song
of the mountain peaks,
breathe their rarefied air.

I want that crown.