Saturday, 2 April 2016

B is for Buddha




 is for Buddha








Buddha’s contribution

The wisdom of Buddha was widely revered
but his choice of wigs was certainly weird;
when this hairpiece was worn
he looked like an acorn
an acorn that was serene, and jug-eared.

But he was a prince and a gem, our Siddharth
He warmed the cockles of many a heart, and hearth.
Due to him, learned men
wrote on Ferraris and Zen,
and motorbike maintenance became an art.




B is for Buddha, who was an Indian prince, and left his family and kingdom to lead the life of an ascetic sometime Between the 4th and 6th century BCE. His teachings formed the basis of Buddhism, a belief system followed in many parts of the world today.  Loads of Busts and statues of him all over Asia, all with very typical heavy-long ears and that characteristic acorn hair-do. 




And I have Been Brave this A-Z! Because not one word of this post has been unscheduled, spur of the moment.  I am getting there, slowly but surely, from haphazard pantser to smooth, cool planner.  The Brain is willing, but the Body is weak.  But it's coming along...erm, soon.










Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016





107 comments:

  1. Good for you! Keep up the great work!

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  2. Still smiling at your incorporation of Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance. B is for brilliant. And Bravo.

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    1. No Zen without the Buddha!and I'm sure motorbike maintenance wouldn't be the same either :D

      Thanks much for your support EC!

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  3. Busting out the Buddha for B! But we've only just Begun. Best Be Bringing more Beverages to make it through all these Bangin' posts ;)

    Mary
    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Beverages on stand By. What's your Brew? :)

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  4. Love your stuff found via A-Z on twitter, just dislike the linkis stuff makes it difficult to actually get back to previous posts. Have added you to my Feedly for creative inspiration.
    Carmel Galvin from
    Library Currants
    Earlier Years

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    1. I am not sure how my stuff got to twitter. don't know how to operate tweets, 140 characters is so not in character :) but very glad you are here, welcome! :)

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  5. Very good choice for B - who else but Buddha? Liked the word play.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it DG, that hairdo seemed a natural choice :) apart from all the heavy and deep religious significance.

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  6. Still chuckling at the part about him looking like an acorn. Well done!

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    1. A whole month of chuckling planned here :) Glad you enjoyed it

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  7. I've heard Buddha would have been thin because he would have fasted a lot.

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings during the #AtoZChallenge at Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs 

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    1. Yes, he did and probably was thin. Maybe that's why the ears were that way. He also did not believe in personality cults, but when you've got an acorn hairpiece that's difficult to avoid :)

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  8. Nilanjana, this is the first post I'm reading on B and I love it. You are so creative. Even I always wondered how Buddha got away with that hair do. Or maybe someone drew this really funny caricature of him one day and it stuck.. :p

    Seena from
    Thinking Aloud

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    1. or maybe the poor guy had really curly hair? and a terrible portrait artistes? who knows? :)

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  9. I'm still trying to imagine that acorn hairpiece. Ha-ha. Not there yet!

    Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

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    1. You'll only have to look at one of his statues...unmistakably acornish..

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  10. That was cute! I can tell these post will be worth stopping by for all month.

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    1. Glad you liked it and I hope you'll stop by again

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  11. Great work Nila, truly, you are the master. Love the Budda-isms. A great man just right for his time as most great religious leaders are. Happy A to Z -ing! Sorry, I have posted you to twitter. LOL It's one of the icons after your name in the post's ending. :)

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    1. Thank you for posting me to Twitter, I would have got on myself, but that 140 thingy gives me the jitters :)

      Buddha is really one of my fav religious characters from India...no focus on mindfulness without him...probably no focus on motorbikes either :p

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  12. Excellent, so glad I popped in from Twitter, you may not tweet but others are tweeting you. =)

    Peace,
    Morgan Dragonwillow
    Dragonwillow Journeys
    Story Dam

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    1. Very glad they are...tweeting I mean...and that you found your way here, and can reflect on the brains of great men which choose their hair pieces so unwisely...

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  13. Excellent, so glad I popped in from Twitter, you may not tweet but others are tweeting you. =)

    Peace,
    Morgan Dragonwillow
    Dragonwillow Journeys
    Story Dam

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    1. I am totally inept with Social Media, so very glad my friends are helping point out the similarities between Buddha and acorns :)

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  14. Wow with Budha comes peace,not to panic on going about further ;)

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    1. Yup Buddha equals 'bindaas' if you know what I mean :)

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  15. Great post, Nila. I love to be enlightened first thing in the morning. Thank you for taking the time to share. Have a great day.

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    1. You have a great Friday too. Thanks for stopping by

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  16. I'll never see an acorn again without thinking of Buddha! A brilliant poem.

    'Nothing Ventured' - a short story embracing 3 neglected B words

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    1. The first time I saw an acorn I must have been around 10, and I was blown away by the resemblance! :) thanks for visiting

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  17. Great post! It's the first time I've seen Buddha compared with an acorn, but now that I think of it, it's perfect! :)

    Modern Gypsy

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    1. The first time I saw an acorn the similarity between them floored me totally too :) thanks for stopping by

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  18. well done. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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  19. Oh, Nila...how do you do it?! I love this fun style, its super cool! Sid like an acorn....hahaha! Waiting for your C take :)
    @KalaRavi16 from
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    1. From small acorns grow huge oaks :)

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  20. never thought about the resemblance with Acorn before. My husband is a buddhist. The 10 dharmas are wonderful way to lead life.

    Visiting from A to Z Challenge
    Pam's Unconventional Alliance Team
    A Whimsical Medley
    Twinkle Eyed Traveller

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    1. Buddhism all in all is one of the most fitting ways to incorporate spiritualism into modern life imho thanks for being here.

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  21. Well that's a new way of looking at it!

    @mysilverstreaks from
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  22. What a wonderful refreshing blog you have, the poem was excellent to read, learning about a different culture is always interesting.
    Yvonne (from: Nashvillecats(2) poems by Yvonne.

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  23. Thanks for the visit, Dahlia and Yvonne.

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  24. B is für Buddha. And now I am looking forward to C.

    www.claowuepotpourri.wordpress.com

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    1. C is from the other side of the ancient world :)

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  25. Maybe that wig let him feel like dancing a jig.

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    1. He was the original master of living in the moment, so if it did he wouldn't bottle up the jig for sure.

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  26. The month has started well. I'm looking forward to the rest

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.. April is always the funnest month in the blogging calendar

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  27. Hi Nila - that was fun ... loved it ... very clever too - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary - good to see you! Hope things are going well and getting progressively sorted without any stress.

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  28. It's weird, but in all this time, I didn't know Buddha was a prince.

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    1. Oh yes, he was, and a married man and a father. Left his toddler son to seek enlightenment...always feel a bit sorry for his family when I think of it. Given the situation those days, his wife's life must have been pretty much ruined.

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  29. :) Good luck with becoming a planner! I definitely go back and forth between planning and pantsing hah

    Happy B Day!
    ~AJ Lauer, an A-Z Co-host
    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

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    1. Thank you, your A-Z is the ultimate in pantsing! Serious respect!

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  30. A serene, wise, and spiritual acorn :)))

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Spiritual acorn is a really cool tag! :)

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  31. Love your reference to The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I'd love to read it again, when I have time...
    Spontaneity produces authentic work...which is a good thing?
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Agree spontaneity feels more authentic.

      Though speaking for myself, most of my spontaneous first drafts are utter rubbish and have to be polished and beaten into shape before they are presentable even :)

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  32. You are doing a great job of promoting peace and well-being in your post.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. One smile a day keeps stress at bay. Thanks for visiting

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  33. Have never read about Buddha is this vein :)
    Good one, Nilanjana :)

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  34. I can't say as I've seen Buddha with hair. The statue I have is bald. Congrats on being so on top of your posts. :)

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    1. The bald "Buddha", if it is a laughing old man, often called the Laughing Buddha is not Gautama Buddha but is a Chinese deity often confused with Budhha..Gautama Buddha had plenty hair..and a spiritual take on detachment and attachment to die for really Thanks you for the warm words.

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  35. Wonder what kind of motorcycle Buddha rode...

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    1. Probably put it together himself if he rode one :)

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    2. And he probably clapped with one hand every time it started.

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    3. If a man getting on a bike claps with one hand and there is no one around to hear/see is that still a clap? :)

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  36. This has to be the coolest poem I have read on Buddha so far. Great Going. You poems always delight me.

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  37. Ha! Thanks for the laugh! And the information about Buddha's hair. :)

    @HeatherJacksonW from
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  38. I don't think I'd have the nerves to write the challenge day by day. I applaude you :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. I don't either, the writing is a mishmash of entries done earlier, just that I posted them the night before and added something extra...but this year it's different :)

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  39. I love that poem!!! You're very clever.

    Blogging the #AtoZchallenge: http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/

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  40. Impressive poem, and I like how you bolded all the other B words. It does appear well thought out. Thanks.

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  41. I had no idea Buddha wore wigs!
    Joy @ The Joyous Living

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  42. Learn a new thing every day, I never knew Buddha wore wigs! Nice piece history piece. Good luck at the poetry festival!

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  43. A lovely poem! And I learned something about Buddha!

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    1. Thank you. The poem is entirely imaginary and has no basis in historical or hirsutical facts :D You need to click on the links to learn about Buddha. This blog deals in pure lies and crap fiction only :D

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  44. I have no idea either :) just helped myself to some poetic licence :D Thanks @ Joy n Donna

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  45. Congratulations on your planning. If only I had done some pre-writing. I must say that I've always like the Buddha's topknot.
    Finding Eliza

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  46. Great job with B! It sounds like you're going to rock this challenge.

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  47. Nila, I'm going for a judicious mix of planning and pants-ing. But huzzah to you for venturing outside your comfort zone!

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  48. Hi there!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. Nice post!

    I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com.

    If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

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  49. Nice! My B was for Buddha last year! I personally don't find Buddhism at all relevant as a "belief system" but rather an excellent source of consolidation for grounded principles. And I think it's fairly obvious that lesser men have since perverted some of his offerings. I doubt the real Buddha preached any self-contradictions or suggested that anyone "believed" instead of thinking for themselves. Not sure if you were partly an inspiration but I have finally started writing poetry again! Cheers!

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  50. Loving the limericks! Such a fun form of verse, and such a witty interpretation of Buddha!

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  51. hahaha

    but his choice of wig is certainly wierd...

    had a good laugh at that line...

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  52. Love it! You have such a great sense of humor, and of course, B belongs to Buddha, what else? Keep up the great work!:-)

    http://atozwriting.blogspot.com/

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  53. such a quirky poem! Lovely. Looking forward to reading more from you :)

    Love, 2 AM Writer

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  54. Hahahaha GOOD ONE! I enjoyed that! I am in the learning process of learning how to be more prepared as far as posts go...lol. Enjoy the rest of the A to Z Challenge

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  55. Buddha and motorcycle maintenance. One would need the patience, I suppose. ☺ Good luck with the challenge. I still have many more posts to write. Sigh...

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  56. Thanks y'all and all the best for the challenge

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  57. Very very creative theme for A-A and wonderfully done ! Very creative !I am a follower now!

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    1. Thank you. Nice to meet you. Welcome to Madly-in-Verse!

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  58. Your creativity inspires me. Thanks,

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    1. Thank you. That's really the nicest compliment I've had today :)

      One of the reasons I'm such a fan of A-Z is precisely this - I find blogs and posts that inspire me in unexpected ways.

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