Feb 18 2017

“Sages since time immemorial have only explained the problems of pollution. If one does not have all that false consciousness, emotional and intellectual opinionatedness, and conceptual habituation, one is clear as autumn water, pure and uncontrived, placid and uninhibited. Such people are called Wayfarers, or free people.”

— Kuei-Shan (771-854)
Feb 17 2017
As far as the eye can see,
No cherry blossom,
No crimson leaf:
A thatched hut by an inlet,
This autumn evening.
— Teika
Feb 16 2017
Every day priests minutely
examine the Dharma
and endlessly chant
complicated sutras.
They should learn
how to read the love letters
sent by the wind and rain,
the snow and moon.
— Ikkyu (1394-1491)
Feb 15 2017
A man of the Way comes
rapping at my brushwood gate
and wants to discuss the
essentials of Zen experience.
Don’t take it wrong
if this mountain monk’s
too lazy to open his mouth:
late spring warblers are
singing their hearts out,
a village of drifting petals.
— Jakushitsu (1290–1367)
Feb 14 2017

Kuei-shan said, “The mind of a Wayfarer is plain and direct, without artificiality. There is no rejection and no attachment, no deceptive wandering mind. At all times seeing and hearing are normal. There are no further details. One does not, furthermore, close the eyes or shut the ears; as long as feelings do not stick to things, that will do.

— Kuei-Shan (771-854)
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