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East Meets South

Lafayette Cemetery #2, New Orleans

These lines were taken from Liberation Through Hearing During The Intermediate State (Tibetan Book of the Dead), written in the 8th century to be read 49 days after death and before one’s rebirth:

Let consciousness rise up through your abdomen
up through your body
up through your neck
and finally out
the top of your head.
Dissolve there into
the light around you.

In this way you may enter directly into
the pure realm of light.
The uncertainties of life will not affect you.
Recognition and liberation are simultaneous.

Listen without distraction.
You have not recognized your own nature
and now you experience painful uncertainties 
of life and death.
Give up anger
give up attachment
and give up yearning for relatives and friends.
Take refuge in 
the buddha.
With your head held high, enter 
the human realm
any distraction dissolving back into 
the heart.

Anything that has a shape will crumble away.
Anything in a flock will disband.
We are all like bees alone in 
the world
buzzing and searching with no place to rest.

Delusions are as various as 
the reflections of the moon on a rippling sea.
Beings so easily become caught in a net 
of confused pain.
May you develop compassion boundless as 
the sky
so that all may rest in 
the clear light of their own awareness.

Funeral Shoes, Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

The Original Lady Buckjumpers Annual Second Line Parade, 2011, New Orleans

The Stooges Brass Band lead the second line.

Link to:
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More photos of The 2011 Original Lady Buckjumpers Second Line at Offbeat Magazine's Flickr page.