Nov 05 2017
I've built my hut amongst the world of people,
Yet without the clatter of horse and cart.
If you asked how can that be?
I'd say I float distant from this dusty world,
I pluck the chrysanthemum bloom
Beneath the eastern fence,
And see serene the northern hills.
The hills glow at day's end light,
And chattering birds seek their nest.
There is a truth in all of this,
A mystery for which I lack the words.
— Tao Yuanming (365-427)
Nov 04 2017

There is no need to avoid or escape anything; just know about it, that's enough.

If you try to avoid it, it's still affecting you. Just don't be changed or affected by things, and you'll be free.

— Caoshan (771-853)
Nov 03 2017
Beneath the mountain a stream flows
On and on without end.
If one's Zen mind is like this
Seeing into one's own nature
Cannot be far off.
— Hakuin
Nov 02 2017
Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak,
We all gaze at the
Single bright moon.
— Ikkyu (1394-1481)
Nov 01 2017
My trials continue
On and on
Now I'll see
How steady
My mind really is
— Daito (1282-1337)
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