Tribute to Peter Muryo Matthiessen

A Poem by Mich Engu Dobbs Sensei, Ocean Zendo, Sagaponick, NY

MURYO!

Now you’ve shed the robes that weighed heavy, and returned back to your precious source, with Lakota elders and snow leopards, cranes and sherpas, baymen and petrels- with Sekito, Dogen, Enku, Koi, and Kanzan, Maezumi and Soen, you dance.

Please tell us dear Roshi, how is it?

HO!

Still, moment after moment, breath after breath- Pay attention! Just this!

Eighty-seven years, under blue spring sky, the flowers bloom to greet you, the boundless universe, your altar, where you carefully offer incense and bow.