Oct 21 2017
The question clear,
The answer deep,
Each particle,
Each instant a reality.
A bird call shrills
Through the mountain dawn:
Look where the old master sits,
A rock in Zen.
— Sodo (1841–1925)
Oct 20 2017
So taken with
The faultless face and radiance
Of an alluring moon,
My mind goes farther, farther
To reach remote regions of the sky.
— Saigyo (1118–1190)
Oct 19 2017
Investigate your mind
And realize your Buddha nature
That which never rests nor moves,
Neither stops nor starts.
You will have wasted
Your lifetime if you don't.
— Hui-neng
Oct 18 2017
It is most urgent that you seek
Real, true perception,
So you can be free in the world
And not confused
by ordinary practitioners.
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.
— Hui-neng
Oct 17 2017
The more you talk and think about it,
The further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking,
And there is nothing
You will not be able to know.
To return to the root
Is to find the meaning,
But to pursue appearances
Is to miss the source.
At the moment
Of inner enlightenment
There is a going beyond
Appearance and emptiness.
— Seng Ts’an (d.606)
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