12th Century AD
In complete silence words are forgotten,total clarity appears before you.When you reflect it, it is boundlessly vast,and your body becomes numinous.
Numinous it is illuminated without relying on anything,in illumination, you return to the transcendent [miao].The dewy moon on the Milky Way,the snow-clad pine on the cloudy peak.
In darkness... Read more
Long is the night to one who is awake. Long is ten miles to one who is tired. Long is the cycle of birth and deathto the fool who does not know the true path.
If a traveller does not meet with one who is better or equal, let one firmly... Read more
English translation by
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
All beings are primarily Buddhas. It is like water and ice:There is no ice apart from water;There are no Buddhas apart from beings.
Not knowing how close the truth is to them,Beings seek for it afar -- what a pity!They are like those who, being in the... Read more
Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for... Read more
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 far-away mountains, and the unending path;
Exhausted and in despair, he knows not where to go,
He only hears the evening cicadas... Read more
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 astray!
A dark cloud is spread across the entrance of the valley,
And who knows how much of the fine fresh herb... Read more
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 assistant. Rumi teases him.)
Husam demands that we begin Book V.Ziya-Haqq, the Radiance of Truth, ... Read more
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
by Courtesy of Kahlil Gibran online (www.kahlil.org)
Published Mar 13, 2009
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 your dreams,Your desires, and your instructions.
Look upon me, my Soul;I have consumed my full life heeding your teachings.Think of how... Read more
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