Refuge

a poem by Sean Fargo
Fumbling and framed in a cramped and dusty house,

Where am I to look?

Empty is the nature of all that I see.

Where then should I book an attractive refuge for myself?

 

Forgotten and forlorn on a vacant mountain knob,

Who am I to listen to?

Empty is the nature of all that I hear.

What then can I create as a distracting refuge from myself?

 

Flustered and flown to a clinic of broken dreams,

From what am I to unbind from?

Empty is the nature of all that I proliferate.

How then will I know of a peaceful refuge unlike myself?

 

Filthy and frail in a stuffy veiled carriage,

What was I to know?

Empty is the nature of all that I thought I was.

When was I to be a refuge unto myself?

 

– Sean Fargo



Author: Sean Fargo
About Sean Fargo At the peak of his career as Director of Asian Operations for AsiaEXP, Sean Fargo traded in his worldly aspirations to explore the inner life by ordaining as a Buddhist monk for two years in the Thai Theravada tradition. Since disrobing in 2010, he has supported thousands of meditation practitioners at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, facilitated mindfulness classes in San Quentin and Solano State Prisons, and has lead several workshops at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teen retreats. A dedicated student of spirituality and mindfulness, he has studied with Jack Kornfield, Analayo Bhikkhu, Phillip Moffitt, and many other teachers in the US and Asia. His teaching path is guided by Guy Armstrong, Senior Teachers Council member for both Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society. Founder of MindfulnessExercises.com, he offers secular mindfulness e-courses with certifications available for personal and professional skill sets. Enrolled in New Ventures West's Coaching Certification Program, Sean expects to certify as an Integral Life Coach in November 2014. He graduated with honors from University of California at Santa Barbara’s Global Studies Department in 2000. Sean offers private instruction to adults, teens, companies, and organizations. Contact Sean Fargo for more info.

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