a simple sing-along or chant that can be used as a teaching tool or a reminder practice.
This may seem silly and frivolous, but in these challenging times, it's nice to have more fodder for positive thoughts than negative ones, and I know many people are ruminating a lot on what they see as a pretty negative future-state. :(
I was asked by a student to write a short mantra that they could remember to use with her children (and herself) as she saw fit, so I took a ubiquitous and popular children's song and I tweaked and reinterpreted it with deeper Buddhist meanings.
It has served them well as a succinct reminder of many of the core principles of Buddhism that I, myself, am mindful to practice and teach everyday: impermanence, emptiness, joyous effort, mindful concentration, bodhicitta, metta, and skilful action (and more if you read further into the subtext).
There's a lot packed in this short song, so I wanted to share it with others. May this bring a smile, or be of some small benefit, to someone.
To the melody of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
(*dharma commentary/meaning in parentheses)
"Row, row, row (joyous effort) your boat (impermanent container-body) gently (mindfulness) 'cross the stream (enlightenment); merrily, happily, patiently, lovingly (bodhicitta) life is but a dream (emptiness)."
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Michael Turner is a pre-monastic Buddhist Ariya-puggala and a deeply accomplished enlightenment trainer and dharma life coach. He emphasises and teaches the practical application of Buddhism in our everyday lives to make real progress toward enlightenment and is particularly adept at explaining them in ways that can be easily understood and practiced by Western Buddhists. He has been meditating and cultivating the techniques to generate indestructible resilience and inner-strength for more than 25 years and has helped countless numbers of people enhance their practice to make clear progress along the Path.