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Emptiness Cafe by Susan Kahn

Emptiness Cafe

Life moves
Like shadow and light,
Instantaneously appearing,
Though I cannot find time itself.

Cities mirrored in thought,
Nothing standing alone.
There is no seer without the seen,
No thought without thing.

Subject and object inter-rise.
Feelings, perceptions, none self-made.
Not even the heart
Lights its own flame.

The separate self departs.
There are sensations, conversations,
Aromatic contemplations,
But no I to claim
This emptiness cafe.

Pic D4D (Intelligentsia Coffee)

Emptiness Teachings


8 responses

  1. Exquisitely beautiful and profound-what a gift!
    One of my all time favorite sites and blogs– emptiness teachings shared with scholarly depth, cultivation and Susan Kahn’s typical down -to -earth, humble manner that is so very warm and appealing as comes from nothing but pure love.
    Many thanks, in gratitude,

    May 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

  2. unlitlight

    Sharp, focussed, poetic and simply beautiful – so typical of Susan’s wideawake expressions.

    Many thanks for this post!

    ~ miriam louisa

    May 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

  3. Michael Reed

    Intro by Susan is excellent, this whole site motif is just..Cool! It is incredible to be a part of this community with all of you..and Hi Maren, you’re awesome!


    May 3, 2011 at 1:19 am

  4. alan jacobs

    Dear Susan,

    Thanks for making contact again. I really enjoy your poetry. Thanks. love, Alan

    May 3, 2011 at 2:40 am

  5. I like that, “Not even the heart Lights its own flame.” Because that which lights the heart, is what the heart loves….

    May 3, 2011 at 6:51 am

  6. I love Susan’s inspired poetry. Good thing it got featured here.

    Don’t forget to follow her – Emptiness Café – on Twitter to satiate your unquenchable thirst for emptiness teachings!


    May 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  7. So lovely to read all these comments, hello, dearest Miriam Louisa, hi, dear fellow airliner Michael, and you’ve got exquisite taste in poetry, dear Greg:)
    Hugs to you all, including thanks to the Editor-in-chief for yet another appealing, funky post, awesome graphics!!!


    May 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  8. Hello, dearest Alan! So lovely to see you as always!
    Much Love from Maren xxx

    May 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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