A Old Zen Poem

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Quiet Heart
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A Old Zen Poem

Post by Quiet Heart » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:14 am

Since there are other poems posted...here's one old Vietnamese Zen poem from an English translation.
It goes like this:




Response To the Old Masters
On a Fundamental Point of Zen

(The) Mindful Wisdom belongs to no school.

(Saying) neither “I” nor “Not I.”

(All) the Buddhas of (the) past, (the) present, and (the) future

(They) share the same heart.

(translation by)
Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Ba Chung

The words in parenthases () are mine...hopefully added for clarity in English.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach

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Re: A Old Zen Poem

Post by lobster » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:04 am

I have no heart
for old zen to avoid
come now in emptyness
Sing and blossom


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