There is the leisurely one,
Walking the Tao, beyond philosophy,
avoiding fantasy, not seeking truth.
The real nature of ignorance is Buddha-nature itself;
delusory body is the very body of the Dharma.
When the Dharma body
There is nothing at all.
The source of our self-nature
Is the Buddha of innocent
Mental and physical reactions come and go
Like clouds in the
Greed, hatred, and ignorance appear and disappear
bubbles on the surface of the sea.
When we realize actuality,
There is no distinction between mind and
And the path to hell instantly vanishes.
If this is a lie to
fool the world,
My tongue may be cut out forever.
Once we awaken to the Tathagata-Zen,
The six noble deeds and the ten
thousand good actions
Are already complete within us.
In our dream
we see the six levels of illusion clearly;
After we awaken the whole
universe is empty.
No bad fortune, no good fortune, no loss, no
Never seek such things in eternal serenity.
For years the dusty mirror has gone uncleaned,
Now let us polish it
completely, once and for all.
Who has no-thought? Who is
If we are truly not-born,
We are not un-born
Ask a robot if this is not so.
How can we realize ourselves
By virtuous deeds or by seeking the
Release your hold on earth, water, fire, wind;
Drink and eat
as you wish in eternal serenity.
All things are transient and
This is the great enlightenment of the Tathagata.
Transience, emptiness and enlightenment --
These are the ultimate
truths of Buddhism;
Keeping and teaching them is true Sangha
If you don`t agree, please ask me about it.
directly the root of it all, --
This is the very point of the
I can't respond to any concern about leaves and branches.
not recognize the Mani-jewel.
Living intimately within the
It operates our sight, hearing, smell, taste,
And all of these are empty, yet not empty.
The rays shining from this perfect Mani-jewel
Have the form of no
form at all.
Clarify the five eyes and develop the five powers;
is not intellectual work, -- just realize, just know.
It is not
difficult to see images in a mirror,
But who can take hold of the moon
in the water?
Always working alone, always walking alone,
The enlightened one
walks the free way of Nirvana
With melody that is old and clear in
And naturally elegant in style,
But with a body that is tough
Passing unnoticed in the world.
We know that Shakya's sons and daughters
Are poor in body, but not
in the Tao.
In their poverty, they always wear ragged clothing,
they have the jewel of no price treasured within.
This jewel of no
price can never be used up
Though they spend it freely to help people
Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, Nirmanakaya,
And the four kinds of
Are all contained within.
The eight kinds of emancipation and
the six universal powers
Are all impressed on the ground of their
The best student goes directly to the ultimate,
The others are very
learned but their faith is uncertain.
Remove the dirty garments from
your own mind;
Why should you show off your outward striving?
Some may slander, some may abuse;
They try to set fire to the
heavens with a torch
And end by merely tiring themselves out.
their scandal as though it were ambrosial truth;
And I enter the place beyond thought and words.
When I consider the virtue of abusive words,
I find the
scandal-monger is my good teacher.
If we do not become angry at
We have no need for powerful endurance and compassion.
mature in Zen is to be mature in expression,
And full-moon brilliance
of dhyana and prajna
Does not stagnate in emptiness.
Not only can I take hold of complete enlightenment by myself,
all Buddha-bodies, like sands of the Ganges,
Can become awakened in
exactly the some way.
The incomparable lion-roar of
Shatters the brains of the one hundred kinds of
Even the king of elephants will run away, forgetting his
Only the heavenly dragon listens calmly, with pure delight.
I wandered over rivers and seas, crossing mountains and
Visiting teachers, asking about the Way in personal
Since I recognized the Sixth Founding Teacher at Ts'ao
I know what is beyond the relativity of birth and death.
Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen;
Speaking or silent, active or quiet,
the essence is at peace.
Even facing the sword of death, our mind is
Even drinking poison, our mind is quiet.
Our teacher, Shakyamuni, met Dipankara Buddha
And for many eons he
trained as Kshanti, the ascetic.
Many births, many deaths;
serene in this cycle, -- there is no end to it.
Since I abruptly
realized the unborn,
I have had no reason for joy or sorrow
honor or disgrace.
I have entered the deep mountains to silence and beauty;
profound valley beneath high cliffs,
I sit under the old pine
Zazen in my rustic cottage
Is peaceful, lonely, and truly
When you truly awaken,
You have no formal merit.
multiplicity of the relative world,
You cannot find such freedom.
Self-centered merit brings the joy of heaven itself,
But it is like
shooting an arrow at the sky;
When the force is exhausted, it falls to
And then everything goes wrong.
Why should this be better
Than the true way of the
Directly penetrating the ground of Tathagata?
hold of the source
And never mind the branches.
It is like a treasure-moon
Enclosed in a beautiful emerald.
understand this Mani-jewel
And my gain is the gain of everyone
The moon shines on the river,
The wind blows through the
Whose providence is this long beautiful evening?
The Buddha-nature jewel of morality
Is impressed on the ground of my
And my robe is the dew, the fog, the cloud, and the mist.
bowl once calmed dragons
And a staff separated fighting tigers;
rings on this staff jingle musically.
The form of these expressions is not to be taken lightly;
treasure-staff of the Tathagata
Has left traces for us to
The awakened one does not seek truth--
Does not cut off
Truth and delusion are both vacant and without form,
no-form is neither empty nor not empty;
It is the truly real form of
The mind-mirror is clear, so there are no
Its brilliance illuminates the universe
To the depths and
in every grain of sand.
Multitudinous things of the cosmos
Are all reflected in the
And this full clarity is beyond inner and outer.
To live in
nothingness is to ignore cause and effect;
This chaos leads only to
The one who clings to vacancy, rejecting the world of
Escapes from drowning but leaps into fire.
Holding truth and
These are but skillful lies.
Students who do zazen by such lies
Love thievery in their own
They miss the Dharma-treasure;
They lose accumulated
And this disaster follows directly upon dualistic thinking.
So Zen is the complete realization of mind,
The complete cutting off
The power of wise vision penetrating directly to the
Students of virtue will hold the sword of wisdom;
The prajna edge is
a diamond flame.
It not only cuts off useless knowledge,
They roar with Dharma-thunder;
They strike the Dharma-drum;
spread clouds of love, and pour ambrosial rain.
Their giant footsteps
nourish limitless beings;
Sravaka, Pratyeka, Bodhisattva--all are
Five kinds of human nature all are emancipated.
High in the Himalayas, only fei-ni grass grows.
Here cows produce
pure and delicious milk,
And this food I continually enjoy.
complete nature passes to all natures;
One universal Dharma encloses
One moon is reflected in many waters;
All the water-moons are from
the one moon.
The Dharma-body of all Buddhas has entered my own nature,
And my nature becomes one with the Tathagata.
One level completely
contains all levels;
It is not matter, mind nor activity.
In an instant eighty-thousand teachings are fulfilled;
twinkling the evil of eons is destroyed.
All categories are no
What relation have have these to my insight?
praise, beyond blame, --
Like space itself it has no bounds.
Right here it is eternally full and serene,
If you search elsewhere,
you cannot see it.
You cannot grasp it, you cannot reject it;
midst of not gaining,
In that condition you gain it.
It speaks in
In speech you hear its silence.
The great way has opened
and there are no obstacles.
If someone asks, what is your sect
And how do you understand
I reply, the power of tremendous prajna.
People say it is
People say it is negative;
But they do not know.
A smooth road, a rough road --
Even heaven cannot imagine.
continued my zazen for many eons;
I do not say this to confuse
I raise the Dharma-banner and set forth our teaching;
It is the
clear doctrine of the Buddha
Which I found with my teacher, Hui
Mahakashyapa became the Buddha-successor,
Received the lamp
and passed it on.
Twenty-eight generations of teachers in India,
Then over seas and
rivers to our land
Bodhi Dharma came as our own first founder,
his robe, as we all know, passed through six teachers here,
many generations to come may gain the path?
No one knows.
The truth is not set forth;
The false is basically vacant.
both existence and non-existence aside,
Then even non-vacancy is
The twenty kinds of vacancy have no basis,
And the oneness
of the Tathagata-being
Is naturally sameness.
Mind is the base, phenomena are dust;
Yet both are like a flaw in
When the flaw is brushed aside,
The light begins to
When both mind and phenomena are forgotten,
Then we become
Ah, the degenerate materialistic world!
People are unhappy; they
find self-control difficult.
In the centuries since Shakyamuni, false
views are deep,
Demons are strong, the Dharma is weak, disturbances are
People hear the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy,
And if they
accept it, the demons will be crushed
As easily as a roofing tile.
But they cannot accept, what a pity!
Your mind is the source of
Your body is the agent of calamity;
No pity nor blame to
If you don't seek an invitation to hell,
Never slander the
Tathagata's true teaching.
In the sandalwood forest, there is no other
Only the lion lives in such deep luxuriant woods,
freely in a state of peace.
Other animals and birds stay far away.
Just baby lions follow the parent,
And three-year-olds already roar
How can the jackal pursue the king of the Dharma
Even with a
hundred-thousand demonic arts?
The Buddha's doctrine of
Is not a matter for human emotion.
If you doubt this or
Then you must discuss it with me.
This is not the free rein of a mountain monk's ego.
I fear your
training may lead to wrong views
Of permanent soul or complete
Being is not being; non-being is not non-being;
this rule by a hair,
And you are off by a thousand
Understanding it, the dragon-child abruptly attains
Misunderstanding it, the greatest scholar falls into
From my youth I piled studies upon studies,
In sutras and sastras I
searched and researched,
Classifying terms and forms, oblivious to
I entered the sea to count the sands in vain
And then the
Tathagata scolded me kindly
As I read "What profit is there in counting
your neighbor's treasure?"
My work had been scattered and entirely useless,
For years I was
dust blown by the wind.
If the seed-nature is wrong, misunderstandings
And the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy cannot be
Shravaka and Pratyeka students may study earnestly
they lack aspiration.
Others may be very clever,
But they lack prajna.
They suppose there is something in an empty
They mistake the pointing finger for the moon.
They are idle
dreamers lost in form and sensation.
Not supposing something, we see cearly the Tathagata. This is truly
called Kwan-Yin, the Bodhisattva who sees freely.
When awakened we find
karmic hindrances fundamentally empty.
But when not awakened, we must
repay all our debts.
The hungry are served a king's repast,
And they cannot eat.
sick meet the king of doctors;
Why don't they recover?
The practice of Zen in this greedy world --
This is the power of
The lotus lives in the midst of the fire;
It is never
Pradhanashura broke the gravest precepts;
But he went on to realize
The Buddhahood he attained in that moment
Lives with us
now in our time.
The incomparable lion roar of the doctrine!
How sad that people are
Just knowing that crime blocks
Not seeing the secret of the Tathagata teaching.
Two monks were guilty of murder and carnality.
Their leader, Upali,
had the light of a glow-worm;
He just added to their
Vimalakirti cleared their doubts at once
As sunshine melts
the frost and snow.
The remarkable power of emancipation
wonders innumerable as the sands of the Ganges.
To this we offer
clothing, food, bedding, medicine.
Ten thousand pieces of gold are not sufficient;
Though you break
And your bones become powder, --
This is not enough for
One vivid word surpasses millions of years of practice.
The King of
the Dharma deserves our highest respect.
Tathagatas, innumerable as
sands of the Ganges,
All prove this fact by their attainment.
Now I know what the Mani-jewel is:
Those who believe this will gain
When we see truly, there is nothing at all.
There is no person;
there is no Buddha.
Innumerable things of the universe
bubbles on the sea.
Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning
However the burning
iron ring revolves around my head,
With bright completeness of dhyana
I never lose my equanimity.
If the sun becomes cold, and the moon hot,
Evil cannot shatter the
The carriage of the elephant moves like a mountain,
the mantis block the road?
The great elephant does not loiter on the rabbit's path.
enlightenment is not concerned with details.
Don't belittle the sky by
looking through a pipe.
If you still don't understand,
I will settle
it for you.