May 31 2017
Though it has no bridge,
The cloud climbs up to heaven;
It does not seek the aid
Of Gautama’s sutras.
May 30 2017
Nowhere is there place
To stop and live, so only
Everywhere will do:
Each and every grass-made hut soon leaves
Its place within this withering world.
— Saigyo (1118-1190)
May 29 2017
If you break open
The cherry tree,
There is not a single flower.
But the skies of spring
Bring forth the blossoms!
— Ikkyu (1394-1481)
May 28 2017
Taking as form the formless form
Going or coming you are always there
Taking as thought the thoughtless thought
Singing and dancing are Dharma’s voice.
How vast the boundless sky of Samadhi,
How bright the moon of Fourfold Wisdom.
What now is there to seek?
With nirvana revealed before you,
This very place is the Lotus Land,
This very body is the Buddha.
— Hakuin
May 27 2017
Gate after gate
Adorned with festal pine
Spring has come
To each and every house,
Garnishing all with new green.
— Saigyo (1118-1190)
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