rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Your Preciousness Cannot Be Lost

You should understand that no thing ever falls short of its own completeness.

John Daido Loori, from “Commentary” [on Panshan’s 
awakening], in Kazuaki Tanahashi and John Daido Loori, 
Translators. The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s 
Three Hundred Koans, p.29


Everything has one thing.  This one thing swallowed heaven, earth, and everything.  
If you want to find it, it is already far away. 

Yong Song, from “”214. What Is One Thing?,” in 
Seung Sahn, The Whole World Is A Single Flower, p.134

Monday, September 19, 2016

Zen Essence

Lance Kinseth, Zen Essence, 36”x36

Every day priests minutely examine the Dharma
And endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn how to read
The love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon.

There is a bright pearl within me,
Buried for a long time under dust.
Today, the dust is gone and the light radiates,
Shining through all the mountains and rivers.

Yueh Ch'a-ling

The rain has stopped, the clouds have drifted away,
And the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the way.