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#2731 - Thursday, February 15, 2007 - Editor: Gloria
If you want to be
free, get to know your real self.
It has no form, no appearance, no root,
No basis, no abode, but is lively and buoyant.
It responds with versatile facility, but its function
Cannot be located; when you look for it you become
Further from it. When you seek it
You turn away from it all the more.
The clouds emerge
From the Mountain of Chung
And then return
To the Mountain of Chung.
I would like to ask
The dweller in this mountain,
Where are the clouds now?
Clouds emerge from No-mind
And then return to No-mind.
No-mind is nowhere to be found.
We need not seek the home of No-mind.
Going Beyond Desire - A Poem by Hsu Yun
Striving to leave
You become part of what's wild.
Striving to cease grasping
Is, itself, grasping.
So how do you gain control and get beyond desire?
Open those eyes... the ones that were born in your own skull.
The Art of Peace
begins with you.
Work on yourself and your appointed
Task in the Art of Peace.
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,
A body that can be trained in some manner,
A suitable path to follow.
You are here for no other purpose
Than to realize your inner divinity
And manifest your innate enlightenment.
Foster peace in your own life
And then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
--Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969
Of the sutra,
Are not even the sounds
Of the bustling marketplace
The preaching of the Dharma?
All dharmas are
like a dream: this is what all the saints have
taught. Consequently, deluded thoughts are originally calm
and the sense-spheres are originally void. This void and calm
is numinous, aware, and never dark. This void and calm mind
is precisely the pure mind which was transmitted by our
predecessor, Bodhidharma. Whether deluded or awakened,
the mind is fundamentally self-aware.
Above all, dont
wish to become a future Buddha;
Your only concern should be,
As thought follows thought,
To avoid clinging to any of them.
study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened
by the ten thousand dharmas.
To be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas
is to free one's body and mind
and the body and mind of others.
No trace of enlightenment remains, and this
traceless enlightenment continues forever."
Drawn some sixty
years ago by karma
I turned life upside down
And climbed straight on to lofty summits.
Between my eyes a hanging sword,
The Triple World is pure.
Empty-handed, I hold a hoe, clearing a galaxy.
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