“Misty rain on Mount Lu,
and waves surging in Che-chiang.
When you have not yet been there,
many a regret surely you have;
but once there and heading homeward,
how matter-of-fact everything looks!
Misty rain on Mount Lu,
and waves surging in Che-chiang.”
—- Su Tung-P’o
Source: With the Flow: A Zen Story
Source: No one is a Buddhist
“In zazen, leave your front door and your back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.”
During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger.
“You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!”
But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. “And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, “that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”
“”Happy are those who do not fear death. They know no…
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“When two Zen masters meet, whoever speaks first has fallen from his status. Days may pass by; they may
eat together, they may look around at the beauty in the sunset and in the morning and in the starry night,
but nobody is going to say a single word. Not saying a single word and remaining just a mirror…..The
mirror never says anything about the reflection, neither does the lake. The moon may be beautiful, the
moon is reflected the lake should dance with joy. Similar is the case with consciousness. At its ultimate
peak works are left far below, as if you have risen above the clouds. The moment you bring any word in,
you have spoiled the whole communication.
If somebody asks you, “what is truth?”
show him your silence.
Show him your fragrance, show him your love.
Share with him your presence.”
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