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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Sonam Chhoki
Thimphu, Bhutan

Everything and Nothing

The biopsy shows the cysts have grown but the specialist can’t be sure if these are carcinoma until he operates. How is she to tell her fourteen-year-old?

Into sleepless nights she peruses the Natural Liberation: Padma-sambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos. Will she recognise the radiance of the 'Clear Light’? What if she is waylaid by the apparitions of her own fear, anger and guilt? It has been a while since she last visited the family guru or even made offerings at the ancestral shrine. She bookmarks the page with a hair tie and closes her eyes.

wan light
the mildewed prayer beads
at her bedside

dawn birdsong
something in a dream
she can’t recall



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