From Bamboo Forest Temple,
— Lui Ch’angt-ch’ing (710-785)
I faintly hear the evening bell.
Twilight touches the brim of your hat
As you turn and enter dark blue hills.
Sitting meditation is a method of great liberation;
— Daikaku (1213-1279)
all teachings flow forth from this,
myriad practices are mastered this way.
When suddenly mind and environment
— Daio (1235-1309)
Are both forgotten
There is the ability to penetrate freely earth,
mountains and rivers.
The whole substance of the real body
Of the king of Dharma is manifest
People these days face it without knowing it.
It is most urgent that you seek real, true perception,
— Linji (d. 867)
So you can be free in the world
And not confused by ordinary teachers.
It is best to have no obsessions.
Just don’t be contrived.
Simply be normal.
You impulsively seek elsewhere,
Looking to others for your own hands and feet.
This is already mistaken.
Everywhere turn around freely,
— Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157)
Not following conditions,
Not falling into classification.
Facing everything, let go and
So it is said that the earth lifts
Up the mountain without
Knowing the mountain’s
A rock contains jade without
Knowing the jade’s flawlessness.
This is how truly to leave home.