What luck! The chance to practice the Supreme Dharma of
Without fear of being invaded by the foolish affairs of
Set the time of sitting! Make it just as long as it takes
one fragrant incense stick to burn down.
In that time we can thread the
basic principles of Buddhism into a lovely string of pearls.
One by one
those marvelous concepts came from the West
To encircle our hears here
in this Eastern Land.
Here in this Temple we touch these sacred pearls
sing their praises like the sound of ocean waves.
Entrance to the Way
So many people enter the hall to practice.
How many of
them carry that long sword
The sword of Heavenly Reliance?
Everything has to be hacked to pieces.
Blood has to be splattered all over the mansions of heaven.
That's the Direct Teaching!
Pull down those golden
locked gates to the Profound
That guard the Entrance to the Way.
Be fierce when you sit! Make your sitting a blade that
hacks through the
wilderness of incomprehension.
Let your eye pierce
Expose that True Face
The One that was yours before
your mother gave birth.
Only One Heart
Gaze into the Emptiness, the illusory changings of this
Enter the Emptiness. Others have. It's not so hard.
any place that's unreachable when you make the effort?
Don't be left
behind because you've confused yourself over this.
Here! Let me rap you on the head with my stick!
up, foolish face! Stop talking a minute!
Don't be so quick to
The mystery is so exquisite! It can't be discussed!
Yes, I recite the Buddha's name... or is the Buddha
What's the recitation for anyway?
There's only One
Heart and It's in the Pure Land.
The Buddha is my own True Nature.
The Buddha and me! We're one, not two. So are
You're chanting to this? You are this!
Come, hold on to this
reality! Don't be swept away into illusion.
History is an endless lie.
Let today be the day that the clouds and fog
Don't let a wisp of them remain.
Let your body live here, but
keep your spirit evanescent.
See that when it's free,
It can't be
bogged down into those old familiar ruts
Spontaneous Lines requested by Layman Qu
I want you to carry out high mountain plans,
independent and observe that heaven within.
Yes, as solid as a
If you want to Enlighten the Interior,
penetrate it with just your nose.
You could comprehend the doctrines of the Three
But wouldn't they rush headlong into one direction... that of
So take the force of this Chan! Move forward with it!
the distinctions between yourself and everything else!
Get out of the
track of years! Chant with your whole heart!
Kneel in one-pointed
And in an instant, you'll enter that mountain.
|Looking out at the Evening View on Mount Gu after the Rain
The mountain begins to awaken, sluggish after such a
A little cold light filters down to this place I'm
The unruly fog pulls itself together to clothe the trees in
While the setting sun splashes red onto the distant hills.
I hear the wood cutter whistle as he collects his
And the fisherman sing as he pulls in his hooks
And the temple
bell ring from way beyond the clouds.
The cranes, startled, flap into
Ten Thousand Buddha Mountain - Red Flower
This place used to be called Red Flower Grotto.
it's called Ten Thousand Buddha Mountain.
Visitors come here to play
And listen to the pouring rain safe inside their plaited huts.
The beauty of a thousand peaks still fills this
Streams flow into it and pools turn nine times as they
In the countryside nearby, tigers prowl.
Above, the pines jut
into the sky just as they did in the days of Han.
The Spirit Dragon flies around through the dark
But only white ghostly visions dance through the Chan gate of
The Sangha gather beyond the boundary of the blue
The Sangha spend their leisure with the white clouds.
Writing a Chant Poem on Fu Guo Dreaming
of the Ocean
Poems express a person's feelings
And this can cause
both profit or loss.
A teacher uses allegory to convey meaning.
metaphor makes it easier to speak his truth.
So this moldy old man uses
pen and ink for his explanations.
All my life I've been foolish and dull.
look at something and I think it's so wonderful.
And then I realize I
was pointing out a fact
That was as obvious as the moon.
Complimenting Layman Kuansheng for
Holding his Own
The wily hare escapes to its rabbit hole
food, it suddenly charges out.
That's the way we all dash forward to our
Panicked by the hunter, we take cover,
Only to charge finally
into his net.
A wise person stands back and observes it all.
of sense has to choose the proper strategy.
If he's going to charge, let him charge like the
Dash into the clouds. No net there!
Yes, Sky Security. That's
where he finds lasting freedom.
For Master Miao Ming
It seems we just met when we so hurriedly
Throughout the whole morning, I had no words to say.
from your pointed "direct mind" teaching
I pulled out that precious
And then I saw that Empty Space you had cracked open!
I won't embellish. Doesn't need sauce. Doesn't need more
It doesn't need any effort of eyes, ears, nose or tongue.
was that tip! That point of your brush!
And there was the disk of the
moon and the world, bright and clean!
Going to See the Taoist Elder Zhenying at
Freed by his virtue, this old friend of mine
the Way and delights in woods and streams.
While sitting in meditation
He journeys to the land of
no more doubts.
While living in the discipline of poverty
attains everything valuable under heaven.
He breathes and dissolves the barriers between distance
He writes and his brush penetrates clouds and smoke.
With an impulsive laugh he dismisses doctrinal
With habitual failure to distinguish shallow from deep
He achieves Chan.