Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. This is next of the 13 saṃghādisesas – 10 Not to create a division within the saṃgha.


it is a matter

of what is relevant

of what I think

I can bring to the situation

without creating

even more a divide

when neither party

is willing to hear the other

they are so invested

the rightness of their opinion

of their interpretation of things

each sees the other

as an attack of fundamental values

of their personal wants & needs

in fact each says things

that I once said & felt

but no longer see the value in holding on to

harmony became more important

than forcing things to my view point

compromise was a sign of willingness

to change


which why I was willing

to keep my mouth shut

neither placating or explaining

people who don’t listen

aren’t worth my relevant time

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