September 23, 2014

Poetry of Hsu Yun

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series V

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series V

On Novices being robed for the first time. The Buddha grieves that we must face such hardship.He's so lovingly concerned for people like us. Don't let pretty flowers dazzle your young eyes.An empty room can't get dustyAnd even the lucky favorite is pursued by death. So don't be too arrogant or impatient,Take your... Read more

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series IV

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series IV

Returning to Mount Gu Meeting with Master Gu Yue (Master Ancient Moon) For thirty years I've traveled. At last I return to this village.One bamboo walking stick and I'm back to old Spring days spent here. As cold smoke encases fine mistSparse stands of bamboo surround this ethereal mystic. Suddenly things are strange... Read more

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series III

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series III

A Time of Regulation What luck! The chance to practice the Supreme Dharma of EmptinessWithout fear of being invaded by the foolish affairs of outside life! Set the time of sitting! Make it just as long as it takes one fragrant incense stick to burn down.In that time we can thread the... Read more

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series II

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series II

Chant of the Heart's Impression This is an exquisite truth:Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start. Eventually there's a difference between them.You don't borrow string when you've got a good strong rope. Every Dharma is known in the heart.After the rain, the mountain color intensifies. Once you become familiar with the... Read more

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series I

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Jun 16, 2009

Poems by Zen Master Hsu Yun: Series I

Meeting Tang Yousheng Twenty-one years old and from my village, yet!So bright and filled with fresh ideas.No wonder you gained such a high post in Tenchong.I seemed ancient when I came to Chan. We simmered tea and talked and talkedComing up with one great line after another.We hung up a lamp and... Read more

Oxherding Poems by Hsu Yun

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Mar 13, 2009

Oxherding Poems by Hsu Yun

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 bellowing Ox, mooing through my senses.I followed mountain and stream searching for the Ox, seeking it everywhere.But I couldn't tell... Read more

Spring Rain

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Mar 09, 2009

Spring Rain

Translated to Pinyin (from the English translation) by Fa Xian     Read more

Searching For The Dharma

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Mar 05, 2009

Searching For The Dharma

With translations in many languages   You've traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma.So many long days in the archives, copying, copying.The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung make heavy baggage.Here! I've picked you a bunch of wildflowers.Their meaning is the samebut they're much easier... Read more

An Exquisite Truth

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Mar 05, 2009

An Exquisite Truth

With translations in many languages This is an exquisite truth:Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start.Inquiring about a differenceIs like asking to borrow string when you've got a good strong rope.Every Dharma is known in the heart.After a rain, the mountain colors intensify.Once you become familiar with the... Read more

Going Beyond Desire

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Mar 05, 2009

Going Beyond Desire

With translations in many languages Striving to leave the wildernessYou become part of what's wild.Striving to cease graspingIs, itself, grasping.So how do you gain control and get beyond desire?Open those eyes... the ones that were born in your own skull.       Vuot qua moi uoc vong Dich Thuat Thanh Nguyen Sobrepasa el... Read more

Heart Of The Buddha

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Feb 23, 2009

Heart Of The Buddha

With translations in many languages   No need to chase back and forth like the waves. The same water which ebbs is the same water that flows. No point turning back to get water When it's flowing around you in all directions The heart of the Buddha and the people of the world... Where is there any... Read more

The Barking Dog

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Feb 23, 2009

The Barking Dog

With Translations is many languages   We went up across the ridge for the fun of it.Didn't need to pack any more wine.On the precipice, flowers opened, smiling.By the river, willows grew bright.In the drizzling rain the village smoke congealed, concealed.The wind was slight and the grass was cool.There in the woods'... Read more

Bitter Rain

by Master Hsu Yun

Published Feb 23, 2009

Bitter Rain

With translations in many languages   Bitter rain soaks the pile of kindling twigs.The night so cold and still the lamp flame hardly moves.Clouds condense and drench our stone walled hut.Broken rushes clog the reed gate's way.The stream gurgles, a torrent in its bed.That's all we hear. Only rarely, comes a human... Read more