Understanding The Lawn

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My dear friend Jay Mankind wrote this song for me after I told him that I would ordain as a Buddhist monk. He performed it for me live on a piano at a coffee shop in Beijing, China.

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By any earthly measure your whole life has been good
Took the path of most resistance ‘cause you felt like you should
Gentle confidence,
Wide-eyed kaleidoscope.

In the California clay and the Central Park grass
We lay our bodies and our laughs amid the universe vast
Still all of the experience that you have amassed
Are dusty feet, you’re sweeping clean.

Your sister thinks there’s something wrong.
Sees blades of grass but not the lawn.
You’ll have it all when all is gone.
So you shave your head and wake before the dawn

The placid mind before the sun.
It’s hard to find some quiet in a place of this size
Though I don’t know the source of sound because I’m always inside
Practice scales and more pale ales than careful men would advise
I blur my eyes

The lie I saw you try was the worst I have known
Your honesty’s a vine so green overgrown
The wisdom of your words like carvings in bone
Sipping tea and breathing deep.


Sleep has been so soaked with dreams
That I awake with sopping sheets
Truth be told I’m feeling tired
And you Fargone awake and wired
Wo zhu ni yilu pingan on The Way.


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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