Buddhism Is Boring

“When your study of Buddhism is through,
you find you haven’t anything new.”


There are no religions where we’re going
after death, so why indulge them here?

Not to cast undue aspersions,
but religions mostly are perversions.

Two or three are always warring,
but then there is Buddhism –

Buddhism is boring.

Buddhism is mostly about consciousness,
but consciousness itself is mostly stressful
(and if truth be told, fundamentally tedious).

Boredom is consciousness modifying itself
endlessly, for the sake of endless modification.

Ho Hum. Hum drum. Dum de dum dum . . .

Boredom can never transcend itself —
not by inference, accident, or incident.

If we imagine there is a “beyond consciousness”,
that thought is in consciousness, and boring.

It’s been said by Buddhists that
to study Buddhism is to study the self,
but what could be more tiresome?

To study the self is to forget the self —
that’s just how boring it can be!

Mental Formation,
Consciousness —

boring or not, these 5 aggregates
are my favorite fantasy playground.

Still, in a ceaseless game of names
with no players, what’s in a name?

“Self” or “not-self” –
who gives a prajna paramita?

This manifesto has yet to be moderated.
If I were to really say it, nothing would change.

Paradoxically, nothing stays the same.
That’s enough for direct introductions.

There, I’ve said it!

Buddhist practice is first to stop.

Don’t move!

That’s the compassionate thing to do.
Compassion is simply to watch
where you’re going.

You’re going nowhere.

That is realization, even though
there is nothing to realize.

Right now, just sit.

It won’t hurt anybody.
“Anybody” is in consciousness.

If you believe there is anybody
beyond consciousness, that belief
is in consciousness (and boring).

Meanwhile, whether it exists or not,
the whole phenomenal world is
alive with the sound of music.

Maybe the music is extra,
but whatever it is, it is not Buddhist,
not boring, not greedy, envious, or deluded.

It’s not an inference or direct realization,
not a conception nor perception,
not anything special or not.

This whatever it is – nothing in particular —
just quiescently rests in serene moderation,
right on the verge of a lyrical extinction.

Nirvana means extinction.
Hey, here’s a tune:

“Gone, gone, gone beyond.
Gone beyond the beyond.”

Gone fishing.

Master says: “Sit and fish.”

Yes, just sit. Sit and sit
in your own fishing pit.

Here’s the best tool
in your karma repair kit:

be bored.

Be bored of all strategies,
schemes and methods, all religions,
philosophies, and paths up a mountain
that promise a trip to the best fishing hole.

Be bored for the sake of all sentience,
for the merciful sake of all bored fishes
for goodness gracious, tightly wrapped up
in sutra scrolls, awaiting a nice hot hibachi,
some dark sesame oil and a rich soy sauce,
perhaps with an Asahi, or two, or three.

Real practice is not some big excitement.

It’s not about seeking elsewhere,
nor scouting for some other fabled place
in space or time to cast a virtual story line;
just enjoying the fishing thing, the skandhas
and whatnot, the quintessential aspect of boring
Buddhism, the dream of fish grilled beyond thought,
beyond any comprehension of the intellect, beyond any
person or thing with a name of form – Awareness Itself:

nothing in particular, not this or that, just what it is,
what it was and will be, like letting the dog
out to pee, for ever and ever, beyond
no and never. Amen.

bu sand


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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4 Responses to Buddhism Is Boring

  1. Bob OHearn says:

    “What you are thinking of as ‘awake’ — some intense new passion for a worthy cause or a deep feeling of love for all existence — is actually the deepest of deep sleep, much deeper than a feeling of boredom or indifference. Yours is an intense association with the Illusion. The bored and the indifferent are on the verge of leaving the lure of the temptress Maya behind, no longer swayed by her shiny attractions. They are on the verge of waking.”
    ~ Siddharameshwar Maharaj

  2. “Many go fishing for their entire lives without knowing it is not the fish they are after”
    ~ Some guy named Thoreau

  3. Bob OHearn says:

    Ego-mind wants drama, excitement, romance, complication — whatever it takes to confirm its existence — and consequently it will use whatever is at hand, especially religious beliefs and so-called “spiritual” methods to do so. Sitting still and facing a wall is the last thing it wants to do, because the concept-making mind is threatened by boredom — it’s a living death to the ego, and yet that is what true spiritual practice leads to — a death. It is only by enduring that passage that one is then “reborn” , or awakened, to the Real.

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