The Golden Idiom

by Galynne Goodwill

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Seeking the elixir of enlightenment
At the new age minstrel show

Capturing my aura in a photograph
Telling fortune tellers 'bout my sorted path
While the tarot readers laugh

They say the truth shall set you free
I don't know what truth to believe
All I want to be is happy

Step Right UP
Kill the Buddha
It's free-willed destiny
See yourself - your made up self
All the things you've learned to believe
Go on and kill the Buddha

Fire walkers dancing on the blazing coals
Oracles are working hard to save my soul
Pendulums are swinging
Soothsayers are singing


They say the truth shall set you free
I don't know what truth to believe
All I want to be is happy

Step Right UP
Kill the Buddha
It's free-willed destiny
See yourself - your made up self
All the things you've learned to believe
Go on and kill the Buddha

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I came up with the title Golden Idiom -- when I realized what "Kill the Buddha" really meant. Killing the Buddha is the symbolic term for to reaching enlightenment. It's not literal. It's a figure of speech or an "idiom" saying "Hey! I did it! I reached enlightenment! I killed the Buddha!"
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“If you meet the Buddha, kill him.”– Linji

I’m sure you already realize that it’s not being literal. The road, the killing, and even the Buddha are symbolic.

The road is generally taken to mean the path to Enlightenment; that might be through meditation, study, prayer, or just some aspect of your way of life. Your life is your road. That’s fairly straightforward as far as metaphors go.

But how do you meet the Buddha on this “road?” Imagine meeting some symbolic Buddha. Would he be a great teacher that you might actually meet and follow in the real world? Could that Buddha be you yourself, having reached Enlightenment? Or maybe you have some idealized image of perfection that equates to your concept of the Buddha or Enlightenment.

Whatever your conception is of the Buddha, it’s WRONG! Now kill that image and keep practicing. This all has to do with the idea that reality is an impermanent illusion. If you believe that you have a correct image of what it means to be Enlightened, then you need to throw out (kill) that image and keep meditating.

Most people have heard the first chapter of the Tao, “The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.” (So if you think you see the real Tao, kill it and move on). http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/670

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released May 6, 2015

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Galynne Goodwill Wisconsin

Galynne Goodwill is an independent artist writing soulful, conscious, acoustic pop songs inspired by humanity's rapid awaking. Her music has the potential to inspire heart-felt conversations about things that truly matter in this crazy-beautiful world and her intention is to always be in line with the highest wisdom found within every lesson or topic. ... more

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