Oct 06 2017
My hut isn’t quite six feet across
Surrounded by pine, bamboos, and mountains,
An old monk hardly has room for himself
Much less for a visiting cloud.
— Shih-wu (1272-1352)
Oct 06 2017

Make no mistake about it; if you do not find it now, you will repeat the same routines for myriad eons, a thousand times over again, following and picking up on objects that attract you.

We are no different from Shakyamuni Buddha. Today, in your various activities, what do you lack? The spiritual light coursing through your six senses has never been interrupted. If you can see in this way, you will simply be free of burdens all your life.

— Lin Chi (d 867)
Oct 05 2017
The moon trees
Keep growing and growing
Their blossoms sweep
The wide ribbon of cloud
No one has ever
Climbed the high branches
Hidden in leaves
Subhuti has sat in his cave
For years on end
With his mind far away
Not knowing
That he is in
The moon tree cave
On the moon.
— Muso Soseki (1275-1351)
Oct 05 2017
Kuei-shan asked Yun-yen
“What is the seat of enlightenment?”
Yun-yen said,
“Freedom from artificiality.”
— Kuei-shan (771-854)
Oct 04 2017
How to cope with wavering thoughts?
Versatile are flying clouds,
Yet from the sky they're not apart.
Mighty are the ocean's waves,
Yet they are not separate from the sea.
Heavy and thick are banks of fog,
Yet from the air they're not apart.
Frantic runs the mind in voidness,
Yet from the Void it never separates.
— Milarepa
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