Dalai Lama

Written for:  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1211 – The 14th Dalai Lama

The name Dalai lama is a combination of the Mongolic word dalai meaning “ocean” and the Tibetan word (bla-ma) meaning “guru, teacher, mentor”. He was a vegetarian for a short time, but he developed jaundice. He had to go back to eating meat. Because of the lack of farming land in Tibet, meat has been a staple of their diet for many centuries.
The Dalai Lama enjoys collecting and repairing watches and is fascinated by science and has said that if he had not become a monk, he would have become an engineer.

still serenity

Dalai Lama’s face and hands

claspsed in happiness



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Dalai Lama

  1. Nicely crafted haiku. That last line brought a koan in mind in which the question was “What is the sound of one hand clapping”


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