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)
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)
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.
Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak,
We all gaze at the
Single bright moon.
— Ikkyu (1394-1481)
My trials continue
On and on
Now I'll see
My mind really is