Ligo Haibun – Nirvana

Seeking Nirvana. The road many take to try to develop and find a scope in their lives.  For centuries, millions have tried to end the constant turning of the wheel of samsara – reincarnation – karma.

Jessica sat for hours meditating, trying to find the way to nirvana.  As long as she sat peacefully in her garden with the birds chirping around her, nirvana seemed so near.  However, once she was finished and having taken her morning shower, returned to her daily life, the feeling of peace quickly evaporated.  Something was always in the way of perfect harmony.

She met an ancient zen monk whilst at a conference last summer and she thought she’d ask his advice, this is what he had to say:

“Perfect harmony, only exists among the dead.  Sitting in a garden, you can reach satori…the mountains which were mountains are special, the air is sweeter, heaven is near, but when you leave your special world, the mountains are like they’ve always been and the air is polluted like it’s always been … the world is the world.”

Jessica sat for hours meditating, reaching a moment of nirvana.

perfect harmony
detachment from stressful thoughts
birds sing in traffic

Written for Ligo Haibun Challenge – Word Prompt – Nirvana

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