Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Buddhist Monks Tour America

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Buddhist Monks Tour America

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Monks have been spotted among us Thumping cantaloupes and hefting some Late season beefsteak tomatoes

At the produce stand downtown. Their scarlet Robes and saffron sashes make them stand out Among the conservatively dressed

Everyday hoi polloi. But this is not news. Since The Chinese government drove them from their monasteries In Tibet, the monks have dispersed themselves

Across the globe to gather money Then one day reclaim their old independence. Today They are here, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This morning they built a dazzling Multi-colored sand mandala, which they Later dissolved in the Rivanna

River at the city's edge. Beauty Is transient, and so are we. They made Their point wonderfully, smiling

Wanly for the cameras. Soon They will sing to us, the gathered faithful Who long for their bliss. They will

Split their voices in difficult ways That must please God. But as they shuffle Onto the stage, robes sluicing

Around their feet, their faces Reveal the wear of their travels. And why Not? Ours is the thirty-seventh city

On their cross-country tour. There are children playing tag in the aisle To their right. …

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