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Prayer Flags Fluttering


prayer flags fluttering

as I walk the incline

toward this Tibetan Buddhist Temple

in the mountains of southern France


prayer flags fluttering

allowing auspicious mantra

to be carried on the wind

engulfing passerby's

in the fragrance of well wishes


prayer flags fluttering

as I near the temple


murmur of resonant and sonorous chanting heard

teachings being offered to an

international gathering


and I sit outside this Buddhist enclave

a gem of artistic renderings

in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

brilliant and meticulous


my back resting against

the wall

I listen to these teachings


cool breeze

lowering sun

late afternoon

flies buzzing rhythmically


around me

and hearing

in the background

work being done on

the nearby

stupa


living compassion

carried


in the breeze


prayer flags fluttering...



Annie Kiyonaga


2014






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