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ZenPoems SharingaMountainHutwithaCloud Alonelyhutonthemountainpeaktoweringaboveathousandothers Onehalfisoccupiedbyanoldmonkandtheotherbyacloud: Lastnightitwasstormyandthecloudwasblownaway Afterallacloudcouldnotequaltheoldman'squietway. KueitsungChihchih,amonkwholivedinahumblehutonLushan( Rozan) (EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries352) "heaptlygivesventtohisappreciationofEmptinesstheverseisnottobeunderstood asmerelydescribinghissolitaryhutwherehelivedincompanywithclouds."(Essaysin ZenBuddhismSecondSeries3512) CarryingWater,ChoppingWood Miraculouspowerandmarvelousactivity Drawingwaterandhewingwood!23 P'ang Yn ( H Un, 740808), a lay disciple of the eighth century, also known as P'ang Chshih ( H Koji) (Chshih/koji is a title of respect for a lay student of Ch'an) (TheWayofZen221o) 23Ch'uanTengLu ,8.(TheWayofZen133) Howwondrousthis,howmysterious! Icarryfuel,Idrawwater.(ZenandJapaneseCulture16) Howwondrouslysupernatural, Andhowmiraculousthis! Idrawwater,andIcarryfuel.(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries319) Supernaturalpower,wondrousactivityjustamatterof carryingfuelordrawingwater.(ZenWordsfortheHeart57) Daily,nothingparticular, Onlynoddingtomyself, Nothingtochoose,nothingtodiscard. Nocoming,nogoing, Nopersoninpurple,
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Bluemountainswithoutaspeckofdust. Iexerciseoccultandsubtlepower, Carryingwater,shoulderingfirewood. (TwoZenClassics2623) "HKoji(Hwashisfamily,KojiatitleofrespectforalaystudentofZen)studiedfirst withSekitandthenwithBaso,whohesucceeded.WhenhefirstmetSekit,heasked, 'Whoishethatisindependentofallthings?'Beforehehadfinishedaskingthis,Sekit covered Koji's mouth with his hand. At this Koji underwent an experience and expressedhimselfinthefollowingverse:"(TwoZenClassics2623) Inmydailylifetherearenootherchoresthan Thosethathappentofallintomyhands. NothingIchoose,nothingreject. Nowhereisthereado,nowhereaslip. Ihavenootheremblemsofmyglorythan Themountainsandhillswithoutaspotofdust. Mymagicalpowerandspiritualexerciseconsistsin Carryingwaterandgatheringfirewood. P'angChshih(TheGoldenAgeofZen94,304n.5) "Matsu'soutstandinglaydisciple,PangYn"(TheGoldenAgeofZen94) Stillness Thetendirectionsconverging, Eachlearningtodonothing, ThisisthehallofBuddha'straining Mind'sempty,all'sfinished. P'angYn( HUn)(TwoZenClassics263) "When he came to Baso he again said, 'Who is he that is independent of all things?' Basosaid,'WhenyouhavedrunkallthewaterintheYangtzeriver,Iwilltellyou.'At this, Koji underwent his great experience and composed another verse:" (Two Zen Classics263) WithoutNameandForm WellversedintheBuddhaway, IgothenonWay Withoutabandoningmy Ordinaryperson'saffairs. Theconditionedand Nameandform,

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Allareflowersinthesky. Namelessandformless, Ileavebirthanddeath. P'angYn( HUn) MindatPeace Whenthemindisatpeace, theworldtooisatpeace. Nothingreal,nothingabsent. Notholdingontoreality, notgettingstuckinthevoid, youareneitherholyorwise,just anordinaryfellowwhohascompletedhiswork. P'angYn( HUn)(TheEnlightenedHeart34) BeingasIs Foodandclothessustain Bodyandlife Iadviseyoutolearn Beingasis. Whenit'stime, Imovemyhermitageandgo, Andthere'snothing Tobeleftbehind. P'angYn( HUn) TheUltimateAttainment Thepastisalreadypast. Don'ttrytoregainit. Thepresentdoesnotstay. Don'ttrytotouchit. Frommomenttomoment. Thefuturehasnotcome Don'tthinkaboutit Beforehand. Whatevercomestotheeye, Leaveitbe. Therearenocommandments Tobekept

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There'snofilthtobecleansed. Withemptymindreally Penetrated,thedharmas Havenolife. Whenyoucanbelikethis, You'vecompleted Theultimateattainment. P'angYn( HUn) Mindfulness Springcomeswithitsflowers,autumnwiththemoon, summerwithbreezes,winterwithsnow whenuselessthingsdon'tstickinthemind, thatisyourbestseason. WumenHuaikai( MumonEkai),fromWumenkuan(Mumonkan)case19 (TheLightInsidetheDark97) Thespringflowers,theautumnmoon Summerbreezes,wintersnow. Ifuselessthingsdonotclutteryourmind, Youhavethebestdaysofyourlife. (TwoZenClassics73) Hundredsofspringflowerstheautumnalmoon Arefreshingsummerbreezewintersnow Freethymindofallidlethoughts, Andfortheehowenjoyableeveryseasonis! (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries349) Hundredsofflowersinthespring,themoonintheautumn, Acoolbreezeinsummerandsnowinwinter Ifthereisnovaincloudinyourmind Foryouitisagoodseason. (ZenCommentsontheMumonkan140) Inspringhundredsofflowers, Insummer,refreshingbreeze. Inautumn,harvestmoon, Inwinter,snowflakesaccompanyyou. Ifuselessthingsdonothandinyourmind,
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Everyseasonisagoodseason.(ZenWord,ZenCalligraphy9) Springhasitshundredflowers, Autumnitsmoon. Summerhasitscoolingbreezes, Winteritssnow. Ifyouallownoidleconcerns Toweightonyourheart, Yourwholelifewillbeone Perennialgoodseason.(TheGoldenAgeofZen2867) [This source have the 3rd line with a variant character (3rd character): (The GoldenAgeofZen324n.95)] TheGreatTao Daidmugy,TheGreatTaoiswithoutform, Shinrimutai,TheAbsoluteiswithoutopposite Hitoshikukfud,Itisbothemptyandunmoving, ShjinonagareniarazuItisnotwithintheflowofSamsara Sangaifush,TheThreeRealmsdonotcontainit, Koraikonniarazu.Itisnotwithinpast,future,orpresent. Nanch'anP'uyan(NansenFugan ) (TheDevelopmentofChineseZenAftertheSixthPatriarch58) TheGreatTaohasnoform, Truthhasnocounterpart, ItismotionlessliketheVoid, Itdoesnotwanderthrough[thesamsaraof]lifeanddeath, TheThreeWorldsdonotcontainit, Withinitthereisneitherpast,norpresent,norfuture. (TheDevelopmentofChineseZenAftertheSixthPatriarch112) Oneness OMaitreya,OtrueMaitreya! Thoudividestthebodyintohundredsofthousandsofmillionforms. Thusmanifestingthyselftomenoftheworld Buthowtheyareignorantofthee! VerseattributedtoPutai( Hotei),oneoftheSevenGodsofLuck (EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries289)

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Shanhui Somethingthereis,priortoheavenandearth, Withoutform,withoutsound,allalonebyitself. Ithasthepowertocontrolallthechangingthings Yetitchangesnotinthecourseofthefourseasons. BodhisattvaShanhui( ),betterknownasFuTashih( )(497?) (TheGoldenAgeofZen254,322n.25) Shanhui Emptyhanded,Iholdahoe. Walkingonfoot,Irideabuffalo. Passingoverabridge,Isee Thebridgeflow,butnotthewater. BodhisattvaShanhui( ),betterknownasFuTashih( )(497?) (TheGoldenAgeofZen254,322n.24) EmptyhandedIgoandyetthespadeisinmyhands Iwalkonfoot,andyetonthebackofanoxIamriding: WhenIpassoverthebridge, Lo,thewaterflowethnot,butthebridgedothflow. (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries272) BeyondThisWorld OverthecrestoftheT'unghsuanfeng, Thehumanworldisnomore. NothingisoutsidetheMind Andtheeyeisfilledwithgreenmountains. T'ient'aiTechao( TendaiTokush891972),mostprominentdiscipleofFayen ( Hgen),andabbotofatempleonMountT'unghsuanfeng( ). (TheGoldenAgeofZen240,321n.37) Mindfulness Istrollalongthestreamuptowhereitends. Isitdownwatchingthecloudsastheybegintorise. WangWei( ,699761)(TheGoldenAgeofZen271,323n.62) "The most favorite lines among the Zen masters are Wang Wei's ( ):" (The Golden AgeofZen271)"IhaveseenthischarmingcoupletmanytimesinZenliterature."(The GoldenAgeofZen2712)

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Oblivion Abirdinasecludedgrovesingslikeaflute. Willowsswaygracefullywiththeirgoldenthreads. Themountainvalleygrowsthequieterasthecloudsreturn. Abreezebringsalongthefragranceoftheapricotflowers. ForawholedayIhavesathereencompassedbypeace, Tillmymindiscleansedinandoutofallcaresandidlethoughts. IwishtotellyouhowIfeel,butwordsfailme. Ifyoucometothisgrove,wecancomparenotes. Ch'anmasterFayen( Hgen)(TheGoldenAgeofZen238,321n.31) Suchness Thewindtraversesthevastsky, cloudsemergefromthemountains Feelingsofenlightenmentandthingsoftheworld areofnoconcernatall. ZenMasterKeizanJkin( 12681325) FromTransmissionoftheLight( Denkroku),chap.22(TransmissionofLight97) Nanch'an'sSerenity Drinkingtea,eatingrice, Ipassmytimeasitcomes Lookingdownatthestream,lookingupatthemountains, HowsereneandrelaxedIfeelindeed! (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries264) Ch'anmasterNanch'anP'uyan( NansenFugan) Serenity AtNantaiIsitquietlywithanincenseburning, Onedayofrapture,allthingsareforgotten, Notthatmindisstoppedandthoughtsareputaway, Butthatthereisreallynothingtodisturbmyserenity. Shouan( Shuan)(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries349) Nant'ai( Nantai) EmptinessPoem OldP'angrequiresnothingintheworld: Allisemptywithhim,evenaseathehasnot, ForabsoluteEmptinessreignsinhishousehold

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Howemptyindeeditiswithnotreasures! Whenthesunisrisen,hewalksthroughEmptiness, Whenthesunsets,hesleepsinEmptiness SittinginEmptinesshesingshisemptysongs, AndhisemptysongsreverberatethroughEmptiness: BenotsurprisedatEmptinesssothoroughlyempty, ForEmptinessistheseatofalltheBuddhas AndEmptinessisnotunderstoodbythemenoftheworld, ButEmptinessistherealtreasure: Ifyousaythere'snoEmptiness, YoucommitgraveoffenceagainsttheBuddhas. P'ang(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries341) "Who flourished in the Yanho period (806821) and thereabout, and was a younger contemporaryofMatsu."(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries341n.1) CuttingtheSpringBreeze

Throughoutheavenandearththereisnotapieceofgroundwhereasinglestickcould beinserted Iamgladthatallthingsarevoid,myselfandtheworld: Honoredbethesword,threefeetlong,wieldedbythegreatYanswordsmen Foritislikecuttingaspringbreezeinaflashoflightning. (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries255n.2) "Tsuyan (12261286) came to Japan when the Hj family was in power at Kamakura. He established the Engakuji monastery, which is one of the chief Zen monasteries in Japan. While still in China his temple was invaded by soldiers of the Yan dynasty, who threatened to kill him, but Bukk was immovable and quietly utteredthefollowingverse:"(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries255n.2) Wuhseh Tsuyan ( Mugaku Sogen also known as Fokuang Kuoshih /BukkKokushi,12261286) Variantcharacterinthelastline ( insteadof ) Thereisnotaroominthewholeuniversewhereonecaninsertevenasinglestick Iseetheemptinessofallthingsnoobjects,nopersons. IadmiretheswordoftheGreatYan 40threefeetinlength: [Whenitcutsatall,]itislikecuttingthespringbreezewithaflashoflightning.

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(ZenandJapaneseCulture2012) 40The Mongolian dynasty (12601367) that invaded China and replaced the Sung dynasty.(ZenandJapaneseCulture202)[ Yan Sung] Theheavenandearthaffordmenoshelteratall I'mglad,unrealarebodyandsoul. Welcomethyweapon,OwarriorofYuan!Thytrustysteel, Thatflasheslightning,cutsthewindofSpring,Ifeel.(TheSpiritofZen95) Wuhseh Tsuyan's poem is reminiscent of a poem by Sengchao ( Sj), a discipleofKumarajiva,thefounderoftheSanlun( Sanron)SectofBuddhism.On the verge of death by a vagabond's sword, Sengchao expressed his feelings in the followingverse: Inbodythereexistsnosoul. Themindisnotrealatall. Nowtryonmethyflashingsteel, AsifitcutsthewindofSpring,Ifeel.(fileZenHistory) EventheFireisCool Inthemidsummerheat,thegateisclosedandwe'rewearingmonk'srobes, In addition, there are no pines or bamboos shading the rooms and corridors, Forapeacefulmeditation,weneednottogotothemountainsandstreams Whenthoughtsarequieteddown,fireitselfiscoolandrefreshing. Ch'anmonkTuKouhao( ToJunkaku) FamouspoemofT'angmonkandpoetTuKouhao,knownas . (Suzukiquotesonlythelasttwoversesofthepoem,asthewordsofZenmasterKaisen ( ),abbotofErinji( )inJapan'sKaiprovince.ThesewereKaisen'swordspriorto beingburnedaliveinhistemplebysoldiers.ZenandJapaneseCulture79) The last verse is used as a saying in Japan. ( Shint o mekkyaku sureba,himomatasuzushi.) ImmovableMind YouwishtoknowthespiritofYungmingZen? Lookatthelakeinfrontofthegate. Whenthesunshines,itradiateslightandbrightness, Whenthewindcomes,thereariseripplesandwaves. YungmingYenshou( YmyEnju904975)discipleofT'ient'aiTechao( TendaiTokush891972).(TheGoldenAgeofZen241,321n.41)

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"Thereis atimefor peacefulcontemplationthere isatimefor dynamicactionandall thetimethelakeremainsitself."(TheGoldenAgeofZen241) Hsiangyen'sGathaofEnlightenment Forgettingallknowledgeatonestroke, Idonotneedcultivationanymore. Activityexpressingtheancientroad, Idon'tfallintopassivity. Everywheretrackless, conductbeyondsoundandform: theadeptsinallplaces callthisthesupremestate. Gthofenlightenment( )byCh'anmaster Hsiangyen Chihhsien ( Kygen Chikan)(RationalZen119) Onestrokeandallisgone, Noneedofstratagemorcure EachandeveryactionmanifeststheancientWay. Myspiritisneverdowncast, Ileavenotracksbehindme, Enlightenmentisbeyondspeech,beyondgesture Thosewhoareemancipated Callittheunsurpassed. (TwoZenClassics40) Onestrokehasmademeforgetallmypreviousknowledge, Noartificialdisciplineisatallneeded IneverymovementIupholdtheancientway, Andneverfallintotherutofmerequietism WhereverIwalknotracesareleft, Andmysensesarenotfetteredbyrulesofconduct Everywherethosewhohaveattainedtothetruth, Alldeclarethistobeofhighestorder. (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries243) Ichigekishochiobzu,AtasinglestrokeallI'dknownwasforgotten, Saranishchiokarazu.Nowthere'snofurtherneedforcultivation. (TheDevelopmentofChineseZenAftertheSixthPatriarch18,64)

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Yenshou'sPoemofEnlightenment Somethingdropped!Itisnootherthing Rightandleft,thereisnothingearthy: Riversandmountainsandthegreatearth, InthemallrevealedistheBodyoftheDharmarja. Ch'anmasterYungmingYenshou( YmyEnju)(904975) (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries250) Variantoftheline3 "His realization took place when he heard a bundle of fuel dropping on the ground." (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries250) ChangChiuch'en'sPoemofEnlightenment Inamoonlitnightonaspringday, Thecroakofafrog Piercesthroughthewholecosmosandturnsitinto asinglefamily! ChangChiuch'en( )(TheGoldenAgeofZen284,324n.88) "TheUpasakaChangChiuch'en( )wasponderingakoan whenhewasinthetoilet. Suddenly he heard the croak of a frog, and he was awakened, as evidenced by the followinglines:"(TheGoldenAgeofZen284) NoMind Versified questions and replies between T'ang emperor Shuntsung ( ) and Ch'an masterFokuangJuman( BukkNyoman): FromwheredidtheBuddhacome, TowheredidtheBuddhago? IftheBuddhaisstillaround, WherecanbetheBuddhafound?Shuntsung FromnonactivitytheBuddhacame TononactivitytheBuddhadisappeared. Cosmicrealityhisspiritualbodyis, InnomindtheBuddhawillappear.Juman Greatmountains,riversandseas, Heavenandearth,sunandmoon.

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Whosaysthereisnobirthanddeath? Foreventhesemeettheirendsoon.Shuntsung Birthisalsobeforebirth, Deathisalsobeforedeath. Ifyouhaveattainednomind, Naturallytherewillbenothingleft.Juman (TheCompleteBookofZen2423) "Emperor Soon Zong of the Tand dynasty asked the Zen master Ru Man, in poetic style:"(TheCompleteBookofZen242) (InTheCompleteBookofZen,thelongerversesareusedpartlytomakequatrains.The originalversesrunasfollows(theversesusedintheabovepoemsareemphasized): Shuntsungasked: Jumanreplied: Shuntsungasked: ? Jumanreplied: ) GathasofShenhsiuandHuineng ThisbodyistheBodhitree, Thesoulislikeamirrorbright Takeheedtokeepitalwaysclean, Andletnodustcollectonit.Shenhsiu TheBodhiisnotlikethetree, Themirrorbrightisnowhereshining Asthereisnothingfromthefirst, Wherecanthedustitselfcollect?Huineng GthsofShenhsiu( Jinsh)andHuineng( En) FromHuineng'sPlatformStra(T'anching /Danky, fulltitleLiutsuTashihFapaot'anching RokusoDaishiHhdanky) (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries206,207) Thebodyisthetreeofenlightenment.

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Themindisthestandofabrightmirror. Wipeitconstantlyandwitheverwatchfuldiligence, Tokeepituncontaminatedbytheworldlydust.Shenhsiu (TheGoldenAgeofZen60,300n.4) Enlightenmentisnotree, NoristheBrightMirrorastand. Sinceitisnotathingatall, Wherecoulditbecontaminatedbydust?Huineng (TheGoldenAgeofZen60,300n.5) ThebodyistheBodhitree,Bodhibynatureisnotree, Themindislikeamirror.Themirrorisinherentlyformless. Everynowandthendustandpolishit,Thereisoriginallynothing, Andletnodustsettleonit.Onwhat,then,canthedustsettle? (TwoZenClassics1601) ThebodyislikeuntotheBodhitree,NeitheristhereBodhitree, AndthemindtoamirrorbrightNoryetamirrorbright CarefullywecleansethemhourbyhourSinceinrealityallisvoid, Lestdustshouldfalluponthem.Whereoncanthedustfall? (TheSpiritofZen37) Thebodyisthetreeofenlightenment,Enlightenmentisbasicallynotatree, AndthemindlikeaclearmirrorstandAndtheclearmirrornotastand. Timeandagainwipeitdiligently,Fundamentallythereisnotasingle thing Don'tletitgatherdust.Wherecandustcollect? (TransmissionofLight1401) Thebodyisthebodhitree,Bodhiisactuallynotatree, Themindislikethemirrorbright.Themindnotamirrorbright. Cleanitdiligentlyeverytime,Buddhanatureisalwaystranquil, Donoteverletdustalight.Whereforecandustalight? (TheCompleteBookofZen81) Thebodyisthetreeofwisdom,Wisdomneverhadatree, themindabrightmirrorinitsstand.thebrightmirrorlacksastand. Atalltimestakecaretokeepitpolished,Fundamentallythereisnotasinglething
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never let the dust and grime collect! where could the dust and grime collect? (Zen:TraditionandTransition127) Japanesereadingsofthegths: MiwakoreBodaiju Shinwameikydainogotoshi Jijinitsutometefusshikishite Jin'aioshitehikashimurukotonakareShenhsiu Bodaimotojunashi Meikymomatadainiarazu Honraimuichimotsu Dorenoshonikajin'aiohikanHuineng VariationsofHuineng'sgthintwodifferentmanuscripts: Kshjimanuscript,KytoTunhuang(Tonk)manuscript ( )( ) "AccordingtotheTunhuangMS.copyofthe PlatformStra ,thethirdlinereads:'The Buddhanatureiseverpureandundefiled'"(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries 46n.1) GathasofWolunandHuineng "A monk once made reference to a gth composed by Woluan which reads as follows:"(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries225) "Hearingthis,thesixthpatriarchremarked:'Thatisnoenlightenmentbutleadsoneinto astateofbondage.Listentomygth:"(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries225) I,Woluan,knowadevice Wherebytoblotoutallmythoughts: Theobjectiveworldnomorestirsthemind, AnddailymaturesmyEnlightenment!Wolun I,Huineng,knownodevice

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Mythoughtsarenotsuppressed: Theobjectiveworldeverstirsthemind, AndwhatistheuseofmaturingEnlightenment?Huineng GthsofWolun( Garin)andHuineng( En) FromHuineng'sT'anching(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries225) WoLunpossessesaspecialaptitude: Hecancutoffallthoughts. Nosituationcanstirhismind. TheBodhitreegrowsdailyinhim.Wolun Huinenghasnospecialaptitude: Hedoesnotcutoffanythoughts. Hismindrespondstoallsituations. InwhatwaycantheBodhitreegrow?Huineng FromHuineng'sT'anching(TheGoldenAgeofZen81,302n.33) EmptinessGnashingitsTeeth Buddhasandpatriarchscuttopieces Theswordiseverkeptsharpened. Wherethewheelturns, Thevoidgnashesitsteeth. DeathverseofShhMych( ,titledDaitKokushi,12821337) (ManualofZenBuddhism148) "FormanyyearsShuhohadbeenunabletomeditateinthefulllotuspositionbecauseof acrippledleg.Whenhefeltdeathapproaching,hebrokehislegwithhisownhandsand tookthefulllotus.Then,despiteagonizingpain,hewrotehisfinalwordsanddiedwith thelaststrokeofthebrush."(Samadhi41) BrightPearl Thereisabrightpearlwithinme, Buriedforalongtimeunderdust. Today,thedustisgoneandthelightradiates, Shiningthroughallthemountainsandrivers. MasterYuehofCh'aling( )(TheGoldenAgeofZen248,322n.7) Master Yueh of Ch'aling "came to his enlightenment when he slipped and fell in crossing a bridge, and that he hit off a very wonderful gatha on the occasion." (The GoldenAgeofZen248)

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Ihaveonejewelshiningbright, Longburieditwasunderworldlyworries Thismorningthedustyveilisoffandrestoredisitslustre, Illuminatingriversandmountainsandtenthousandthings. (EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries250) Ihaveonejewelshiningbright, Longburieditwasunderneathworldlyworries Thismorningthedustyveilisoff,andrestoreditslustre, Illuminatingthebluemountainsinendlessundulations. (EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries211) BetweenHeavenandEarth Thespringmountainscoveredwithlayersofmostvariegatedcolors, Andthespringstreamsfancifullyladenwiththereflectingimages. Standingbyhimselfbetweenheavenandearth, Facinginfinitudeofbeings. Ch'anmasterHseht'ouCh'unghsien( SecchJken,9801052) (ZenandJapaneseCulture298) TheEssence One,seven,three,five. Whatyousearchforcannotbegrasped. Asthenightdeepens,themoonbrightensovertheocean. Theblackdragon'sjewelisfoundineverywave. Lookingforthemoon,itishereinthiswaveandthenext. AversethatmasterHsueht'ouCh'unghsienwroteforadisciple One,seven,three,five. Whatyousearchforcannotbegrasped. Asthenightdeepens, themoonbrightensovertheocean. Theblackdragon'sjewel isfoundineverywave. Lookingforthemoon, itishereinthiswave andthenext. (TranslatedbyYasudaJoshuRoshiandAnzanHoshinRoshi,from CookingZen ,Great MatterPublications.1996)

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Notes 1. Ch'an master Hsueht'ou Ch'unghsien ( Xuedou Zhongxian/Secch Jken, 9801052). The second ideogram is a false character (usoji). (Usoji for t'ou: or ) Thereisalsoanewerformofthefourthideogram: .SeeTheDevelopmentofChinese ZenAftertheSixthPatriarch39forthecorrectideogram. 2.MasterHsueht'ougatheredtheonehundredkanthatbecametheBlueCliffRecords (PiyenLu /Hekigaroku). 3.ThepoemisfromZenmasterDgenKigen's( 12001253)Instructionsforthe HeadCook(TenzoKykun ). Huai'sPoemofEnlightenment One,two,three,four,five,six,seven Yes, many thousand feet high is the mountain peak, and lo, someone stands there on oneleg Hehascarriedawaythegemfromthedragon'sjaws, AndVimalakrti'ssecretsheholdsinoneword. IhuaiofT'ieni(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries206) "Whilehewascarryingwater,thepolesuddenlybroke,andtheincidencegavehimthe chancetobecomeconsciousofthetruthhithertohiddentohim.Thepoemhecomposed toexpressthefeelinghethenhadrunsasfollows:"(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecond Series206) Detached Bedetached,bedetached! Bethoroughlydetached! Whatthen? Thepineisgreen, Andwhiteisthesnow. Authorunknown(TheEssentialsofZenBuddhism237)

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Monkssitpeacefullyamongthetrees, Riddingthemselvesofillusionwithacalmmind. Quietlyrealizingenlightenment, Theyexperienceajoythatisbeyondthatofheaven. Laymenseekfameandprofit, Orfinerobes,seats,andbedding. Thoughthejoyingettingthemisonlyfleeting, Theyareuntiringintheirquest. Monks,however,begforfoodinhumblerobes, TheirdailyactionsbeingonewiththeWay. WiththeirWisdomeyeopened TheyrealizetheessenceoftheLaw. Gatheringalltogethertolisten TothecountlessBuddhistteachings, Theyleavebehindtheworldofillusion, Quietlyenvelopedinenlightenment'sWisdom. BodhisattvaNgrjuna FromTreasuryofEyesofTrueTeaching(ShbGenz )ofDgen (ZenMasterDogen6970) LightItself Dwell! YouareLightitself. Relyonyourself, Donotrelyonothers. TheDharmaistheLight, RelyontheDharma. DonotrelyonanythingotherthanDharma. APaliverse(ZenWord,ZenCalligraphy31) PoemonBodhidharma Poem by Lu Yu, a famous poet of Southern Sung Dynasty (11311162). A poem describingBodhidharma'spersonalphilosophy.

Othersarerevolted,Iamunmoved.

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Grippedbydesires,Iamunmoved. Hearingthewisdomofsages,Iamunmoved. I move only in my own way. (Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing ChiKung24) ThreeMysteries

Thethreemysticaldoorsandthethreeessentialpoints Areinactualityhardtodivideanddistinguish. Ifyougettheidea,youmustforgetthewords: ThisisthesimplewaytoapproachtheTao. Allphenomenaareclearlycomprehendedinonesentence: AtthefeastofDoubleNine,thechrysanthemumsbloomafresh. Ch'anmasterFenyangShanchao( FunnyZensh,9471024) (TheGoldenAgeofZen20910,317n.45) DeadMan'sZazen Whileliving,onesitsupandliesnot, Whendead,oneliesandsitsnot Asetofillsmellingskeleton! Whatistheuseoftoilingandmoilingso? AgthbyHuineng,T'anching(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries216) Whenalive,onekeepssittingwithoutlyingdown: Whendead,oneliesdownwithoutsittingup. Inbothcases,asetofstinkingbones! Whathasittodowiththegreatlessonoflife? (TheGoldenAgeofZen82,302n.38) Alivingmanwhositsanddoesnotliedown, Adeadmanwholiesdownanddoesnotsit! Afterallthesearejustdirtyskeletons.(TheWayofZen111,218hh) TheEssence Thebambooshadowsaresweepingthestairs, Buynodustisstirred:

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Themoonlightpenetratesdeepinthebottomofthepool, Butnotraceisleftinthewater. Authorunknown(EssaysinZenBuddhismFirstSeries352) BeyondtheGate Thecelestialradianceundimmed, Thenormlastingforevermore Forhimwhoentereththisgate, Noreasoning,nolearning. Ch'anmasterP'ingt'ienP'uan( HeidenFugan) FromChingteRecordoftheTransmissionoftheLamp(ChingteCh'uantengLu /KeitokuDentroku),book9 (EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries101) (InChingteCh'uantengLuthefirstlineis ) Quietitude Hererulesanabsolutequietness,alldoingssubside Justatouch,andlo,aroaringthunderclap! Anoisethatshakestheearth,andallsilence Theskullisbrokentopieces,andawakenedIamfromthedream! TufengChishan'sstanza,fromChuhung's BiographiesoftheFamousZenMastersof Ming (EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries133n.2) OnewithIt Longseekingitthroughothers, Iwasfarfromreachingit. NowIgobymyself Imeetiteverywhere. ItisjustImyself, AndIamnotitself. Understandingthisway, IcanbeasIam. Ch'anmasterTungshanLingchia( TsanRykai,807869)(TwoZenClassics 267) Donotseekfromanother, Oryouwillbeestrangedfromself. Inowgoonalone,

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FindingImeetIteverywhere. ItnowisI, InowamnotIt. Oneshouldunderstandinthisway Tomergewithsuchnessasis.(TransmissionofLight38) Don'tseekfromothers, Oryou'llbeestrangedfromyourself. Inowgoonalone EverywhereIencounterIt. Itnowisme,InowamnotIt. Onemustunderstandinthisway Tomergewithbeingasis.(TransmissionofLight167) ADeathVerse Irebukethewindandreviletherain, IdonotknowtheBuddhasandpatriarchs Mysingleactivityturnsinthetwinklingofaneye, Swiftereventhanalightningflash. DeathverseofZenmasterNanpoJmy(titledDaiKokushi ,12351308) (ZenBuddhism:AHistory,Japan,40) OldPanKou OldPanKouknowsnothingabouttime andnothingaboutspacehaswell. Hislifeisselfnaturedandselfsufficient. Heneedstoaskfornothingoutsideofhisownbeing. Thegenesisoftheworldistheexerciseofhismind. Whenhismindstartstothink,theworldstartstomove. Theworldhasneverbeenmadebyanyspecialdesing. Neitherhasanendeverbeenputtoit. TheSongofPanKou Contentment Asthepinesgrewoldandthecloudsidled Hefoundboundlesscontentmentwithinhimself. Babo,prefacetoTheRecordofLinchi(LinchiLu /Rinzairoku) (ZenWord,ZenCalligraphy127)

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MindandSenses Themindisanorganofthoughtandobjectsaresetagainstit: Thetwoarelikemarksonthesurfaceofthemirror Whenthedirtisremoved,thelightbeginstoshine. Bothmindandobjectsbeingforgotten,UltimateNature revealsitselftrue. YungchiaHsancheh( YkaGenkaku)(TheEssentialsofZenBuddhism236) FreeSpirit EverydayI'meitherinawineshoporabrothel, Afreespiritedmonkwhoishardtofathom Mysurplicealwaysappearstornanddirty, ButwhenIpatchit,itsmellssosweet. Ch'anmasterTaochi(LustforEnlightenment92) ThreeTeachingsintoOne WithaTaoistcap,aBuddhistcassock,andapairofConfucianshoes, Ihaveharmonizedthreehousesintoonebigfamily! BodhisattvaShanhui( ),betterknownasFuTashih( )(497?) (TheGoldenAgeofZen254,322n.23) AutumnWind Asahimatsu kusahanotsuyuno hodonakini isogina tachizo nobenoakikaze Onleafandgrass Awaitingthemorningsun Thedewmeltsquicklyaway. Hastetheenot,Oautumnwind Whodostnowstirinthefields! A verse (on'uta ) composed by Dgen Kigen ( 12001253) shortly before his death (ZenBuddhism:AHistory,Japan,72) ForgettingtheSelf TolearnBuddhaDharmaistolearntheself.

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Tolearntheselfistoforgettheself. Toforgettheselfistobecomeonewith endlessdimension,UniversalMind. Dgen(ZenWord,ZenCalligraphy23) ("Endlessdimension,UniversalMind"isanothernameforAmitbhaBuddha) ThisisOurWorld Weeat,excrete,sleep,andgetup Thisisourworld. Allwehavetodoafterthat Istodie. Dka(waysong/poem)byZenmasterIkkySojun( )(TheWayofZen162) "InJapan,wanderingmonksarecalledunsuiliterally,'cloudandwater'asareminder to be always floating and flowing. Ikkyu himself took the moniker Kyoun, or 'Crazy Cloud,'todescribehiseccentric,nonconformiststyleofzen.(InJapan,thewordkyo has connotationsofbraveryandhighintention,oflivingoutsidetherulesinordertoretain the spirit of the rules.) He called his collected poems the 'Crazy Cloud Anthology.' " (ZenSex148)Crazycloud( Kyun) Selflessness Miseryonlydothexist,nonemiserable, Nodoeristherenaughtsavethedeedisfound. Nirvnais,butnotthemanwhoseeksit. ThePathexists,butnotthetravelleronit. Visuddhimagga(chapt.16) Trs.H.C.Warren(EssaysinZenBuddhismSecondSeries311)

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