The Colorful Flowers from a Garden
To all the Quang Duc Buddhists in the pilgrimage to Holy Places of Year 2008
As incense fragrance has sweeten on the endless universe
Keeping away all the miseries for verity being fresh
A chance to purify mind has come once, don’t miss
For one who was born in saha world.
The Attha-vayubheda (1) is dangerous,
Be away not to touch for your mind in stillness
Cheers to all Quang Duc Buddhists
sAs they were in a long journey to the Holy Places.
Master Bhikku Thich Nguyen Tang, the leader of the pilgrimage,
Bhikkunis Dieu Trang andTam Vanwere the next
To supporting him for Daily Suttra chanting task,
As well as to shape in all the Buddhists.
With An Hauwas himself always fitting in smooth talk,
He smiled to people to release their distress,
For more than thirty years in travel service.
With plenty of care on foods and logging places,
Giving the concern to every single Buddhist,
He was gentle in his heart and on the face,
Seems having experience of keeping the mind in place,
In Precepts of Ten on the way of connecting the Buddhists
Work for improving mind, improving mind in work
Cheers to you, Thach Quan, the most patient one in the group.
Tam ThaiMother was onside always with Master Nguyen Tang
Giving her son the love making up for many days apart
Behind was Dieu An, an artistic photographer, a dentist
Taking pictures for memorizing moments of the sweetness
There was Hong Hanhassigned in treasury task
Detailed her book with receiving and charity notes
There was Chan My Luong, kind of lonely and quiet
While Ngoc Hoa, Nguyen Nhat Khank , andThien Hungwere shared the roof
Minh Ly andTam Thinhtogether cheered people with happiness
The two did well on daily chanting sutra aids
Bach Van, Tam Qua, Dieu Nhan, Tam Phuong, Tu Y,
Quang Nhu ,Tam Thanh, Dieu Vinh, Linh Hoa, Dieu Phuoc
Quang Khanh, Thien Thanh, Dieu Kim, andNguyen Duc
All together with Dieu Han,mother dearest,
By her daughter, no mater how hard on the journey to the west.
Chuc Hanwas very nice on her work
Care for all patients in the gentle mood
There’re Minh Chieu andHue Hangside by side when walk
Van Hanh, Quang Tri Thang, Tue Dang, andNhuan Triwere step by step
Tri Vien, Dieu Thuy withTu Bi, threeBuddhists
With Hoang Phuong, Hoang Lac supportedTonywhen he was in deputy task.
Van Hocand Tam Bieu Hoiwere glad
Quang Tue Nguyen, Dieu Nhan, andDieu Thanhwere in their comfort.
Dieu Thien, Dieu Bang, andMinh Hoa together walked
WithNgoc Dung, Hoang Lac as wellDieuThoin group
Quang Tam, andQuang Bao, cheek by jowl were always set
Dieu Luong, Dieu LywithDieu Laiwent to the same master in the past
Nguyen Phuc, andPhuoc Thanhwere hand in hand in parades
There’s a friendly Buddhist named Dieu Hoa, don’t forget.
Singsong, Thien Thuy and Quang Tamtuned loud in public
Hue Nha, Dieu An andDieu Tamthoughtfully shared heart
Van Tin, andDieu Huongwere never in separated
Dieu Bao withHoang Nhienwere alongside infinite
Quang Tue Dang and Quang Tri Thien
Met with Quang Huong and Dieu Trifor their truly happiness
While Dieu Nhan, Dong Truc, andNguyen Tuyet
Smiling to Huu Nang and Quang Tri Van, a couple dearest
There’s Bach Lien, a lotus flower in white pigment was so fresh
For Dieu Hai andMinh Anto share in one roof
For Dieu Bao andTam Quato be relaxed
For one to insight, for the mind to be stillness
All the attachments are now cut
The truthful happiness will appear in the clean thoughts
There’s Hoang Hue, Hoang Minhwere together in one path
There’s Thien Tam and Ngoc Dungwere comfortably handshake
In a sweet melody Dieu Van andHoang Nhientogether chirped
For Giac Hoa’s dream comes true, the day as she wishes
In welcoming her mother to the pilgrimage
There’s Dieu Lanwith the compassion overflowed out of her heart
Counsel to her children practicing well as a daily task
There’s Dalkorwith Mantrayana practice
Padma’sheart in compassion was to all the Buddhists
Dharma teachings, she understands and applies in her practice
Follows her master always, giving people her compassion thoughts
Tam Quang, the most special one was late!
Overcame his difficulty to join the group
From the buses to the trains for the journey, it’s hard to forget
Cheers to you, finally you lobbied and set
Quietly with Tony you followed the Buddhists
In patience with your smiles, had brought to people the feeling of sweet
It is a garden with the flowers in fragrance and colors of the universe
Those are practicing well with the Buddha heart
As their vows to spreading the compassion thoughts
For the Bodhisatta Halo lights up the darkness
For the enlightenment, for the truthful happiness
From this verse, to you all with wishes
Wishing you to reach the sight of calmness
Be away or be together, in the future, regardless
With love in compassion always is the true path, for the good deeds.
Taipei by night, November 27, 2008
Written by Dieu Luong Pham Dan Thanh (Bus 3)
Translated by Helen Quang Tue Nguyen (Bus 1)
Notes: (1) Attha-vayubheda: In Pali language, the eight winds that prevent the cultivators from advancing along the right path to enlightenment.