Joel Udoh

The following poem is dedicated to my sifu, Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit.

My Sifu

      My life was lost devoid of meaning
      My purpose gone and will was waning
      I looked for hope and found new meaning
      In books of wisdom and wise teaching

      You showed me a path that had direction
      A timely hand with divine intention
      My spirit, mind and body resurrected
      My thoughts of gloom halted, ended

      Then echoing through time the voice of the dharma
      Transmitted through you in words of Karma
      That told of heavens and realms of splendour
      But taught of enlightenment beyond whats 'real'
      To transcend mundane and witness the all
      To overcome desire and ponder no longer
      Cycles of birth and death to endure
      To end Samsara and reach the shore yonder
      Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha

      New methods learnt from Pureland practice
      Bring to life Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
      To witness my effort and guide my steps
      You wei to wu wei the Wahnam way
      And so I thank you Sifu, my teacher my guide
      And vow from this day to honour 'The Way'
      One day I promise, you'll look on this student with pride.

      Joel Udoh
      Shaolin Wahnam UK
      3rd March 2008.


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