May 31 2018
There are names,
Such as Buddha, God, or Heavenly Way;
But they all point to the mind
Which is nothingness.
Live always
With the mind of total nothingness,
And the evils that come to you
Will dissipate completely.
— Munan (1603-1676)
May 30 2018

The Mind of sages is subtle, hidden, beyond understanding and knowing. Great Enlightenment is dark and mysterious, wordless and speechless.

— Records of the Lanka
May 29 2018
Life after life, may I never misunderstand
The Buddha Dharma;
May I attain enlightenment myself
And enlighten others;
May I always be free from discrimination
Between self and others;
May I, through skillful means,
Guide sentient beings
Into the same truth.
— Bon Tinh (1110-1176)
May 28 2018
A quiet residence
With hardly a neighbor—
A grass-covered path
And deserted garden.
Birds roost
In pond-side trees;
In moonlight,
A monk knocks at a gate.
Crossing a bridge
Unfolds more wilderness;
Moving a rock
Moves the base of clouds.

I’ve been absent for some time But now I’m back;
I won’t break our vow
Of retreat.
— Chia Tao (779-843)
May 27 2018
Color-of-Nature Gorge

To reach Chrysanthemum River
I always follow Ch’ing Gorge Stream
Through the mountains, through
Ten thousand twists and turns—
A fine trip and not a hundred li.
The noise among boulders is tremendous,
The view into pines, serene;
Swirling water chestnut,
Distilled reflections of reeds.
My original mind is unstriving,
A pure, tranquil stream, like that.
I could stay on some big rock slab
Fishing, forever.
— Wang Wei
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