Dogen

For so long here without worldly attachments, I have renounced literature and writing; I may be a monk in a mountain temple; Yet still moved in seeing gorgeous blossoms Scattered by the spring breeze, And hearing the warbler’s lovely song – Let others judge my meager efforts.  

T’ung-li

Search the three periods The mind isn’t there If the mind isn’t there False conditions aren’t there If false conditions aren’t there This then is bodhi Samsara and Nirvana Are basically equal. Refering to the same notions as Fu Hsi.

Fu Hsi

From a single thought arise Deeds wrought by delusion, Sixty-two mistaken views Nine hundred crazy ins and outs But then what ends is endless And what begins is beginningless When you see like this Truth and falsehood are the same I don’t usually comment on the poems I post, but this one does need the […]

Dogen

Study the way as if boring wood to make fire. Seeing the smoke you should not stop. Immediately the golden star appears. Within this world is the primary destination.   Dogen’s response to Longya.

Longya

Study the way like boring wood to make fire. When smoke arises do not stop. Just wait until the golden star appears. Returning home is arriving at your destination.

Larry Yang

May I be loving, open, and aware in this moment; If I cannot be loving, open, and aware in this moment, may I be kind; If I cannot be kind, may I be nonjudgmental; If I cannot be nonjudgmental, may I not cause harm; If I cannot not cause harm, may I cause the least […]