Sep 30 2017
Without a jot of ambition left
I let my nature flow where it will.
There are ten days of rice in my bag
And, by the hearth,
A bundle of firewood.
Who prattles of illusion or nirvana?
Forgetting the equal dusts of
Name or fortune,
Listening to the night rain
On the roof of my hut,
I sit at ease
Both legs stretched out.
— Ryokan
Sep 29 2017
The essence of mind is formless;
This itself is the subtle body of reality.
The essence of mind is inherently empty;
This itself is the infinite body of space.
— Ta-chu (8th c.)
Sep 28 2017
To drink up the ocean
And turn a mountain
Upside down
Is an ordinary affair
For a Zennist.
Zen seekers
Should sit on the site
Of universal enlightenment
Right in the midst of all the thorny
Situations in life,
And recognize
Their original face while mixing
With the ordinary world.
— Huanglong
Sep 27 2017
Plunge the body into the realm of reality,
Where there has never been any obstruction.
Keep to unity without shifting.
With constant presence,
Whether active or still,
See the Buddha nature clearly.
— Tao-hsin (580-651)
Sep 26 2017
When the aware mind is present,
It senses the formlessness of things.
Constantly see your body
As empty and quiet,
Inside and outside communing sameness.
— Tao-hsin (580-651)
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