Painting by Rev. Fa Ming Shakya, OHY
"Thou, Brahman Immortal, And thou, woven of clay (Two beings, yet one.) - Like two beautiful birds, Golden of plumage, Companions inseparable, Perched…
English translations from poems by Kaku-anChinese poems by Kuo An Zhe
I. Searching for the Ox
Alone in the wilderness, lost in the jungle, the boy is searching, searching!
The swelling waters, the…
The Ten Oxherding Pictures of Zen: Series 1
With his horns fiercely projected in the air the beast snorts,
Madly running over the mountain paths, farther and farther he goes…
Translated by Coleman Barks
Excerpt from "Delicious Laughter, Rambunctious Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi" by Coleman Barks. 1990 Paypop Books, 196 Westview Drive, Athens, GA 30606.
(Note: Husam was Rumi's much loved…
Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya - Greece
1. Pushing Aside the Grass to Look for the Ox
Wanting to break through to Emptiness with my white cudgelI cried out louder than the…
Why are you weeping, my Soul?Knowest thou my weakness?Thy tears strike sharp and injure,For I know not my wrong.Until when shalt thou cry?I have naught but human words to interpret…
The Mind knows beyond farhere a blooming weedout there a fading star
Sitting Through It
Thoughts of my hometown...how many worlds are there,shimmering in and out of the mind?
We hear the…
So little time, so much to do.Sweep unpleasant thingsUnder the rug of Time.Divide seconds into smaller parts.But clocks have no room For smaller "parts."No time, just a continuum.A verse with no…
Rev. Fa Lian Shakya is Co-Abbot, and Senior Dharma Teacher, of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. Before turning to a solitary life of Zen and Fine Arts…