Feb 01 2015
From Bamboo Forest Temple,
I faintly hear the evening bell.
Twilight touches the brim of your hat
As you turn and enter dark blue hills.
— Lui Ch’angt-ch’ing (710-785)
Jan 31 2015
Sitting meditation is a method of great liberation;
all teachings flow forth from this,
myriad practices are mastered this way.
— Daikaku (1213-1279)
Jan 30 2015
When suddenly mind and environment
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.
— Daio (1235-1309)
Jan 30 2015
It is most urgent that you seek real, true perception,
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.
— Linji (d. 867)
Jan 29 2015
Everywhere turn around freely,
Not following conditions,
Not falling into classification.
Facing everything, let go and
Attain stability.
So it is said that the earth lifts
Up the mountain without
Knowing the mountain’s
Stark steepness.
A rock contains jade without
Knowing the jade’s flawlessness.
This is how truly to leave home.
— Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157)
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