Saturday, June 20, 2015
From Thomas Yuho Kirchner's translation of Case 11 in Entangling Vines (also Case 12 in the Gateless Gate:)
Every day Ruiyan Shiyan would call to himself, "Master!"
"Yes!" he would answer himself.
"Be wide awake!" he would say.
"Whatever the time, whatever the day, never be misled by others!"
|mural, Long Beach, CA|
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
From The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks with John Moyne
Monday, June 1, 2015
|contemporary Japanese woodcut from the Rhode Island School of Design Museum|
...Dew in the moonlight, a river of stars,
Clouds enveloping the peak.
In darkness it is most bright,
While hidden all the more manifest.
The crane dreams in the wintery mists...
Thinking of Hongzhi today, the day after James Ford's farewell party, as a group of Boundless Way Zen Teachers prepare to head off to the Western Dharma Teachers conference at the Omega Institute. The rain continues to fall, and people come and go, heading in all directions.