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Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness

Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness

Postby Carol on Sat May 18, 2013 4:35 pm

Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness
by Dongshan Liangjie

The teaching of thusness
Is intimately communicated by Buddhas and Ancestors.
Now you have it,
So keep it well.
Filling a silver bowl with snow,
Hiding a heron in the moonlight:
They are similar, though not the same.
Side by side you can see the differences.
The meaning is not in the words,
Yet one pivotal instant can reveal it.
Move and you are trapped;
Miss and you fall into confusion and doubt.
Turning away and touching are both wrong,
For it is like a mass of fire.
Just to depict it in literary form
Is to defile it.
It is bright just at midnight,
It does not appear at dawn
It acts as a guide for beings.
Its use removes all suffering.
Although it is not created,
It is not beyond words.
It is like facing a jewel mirror;
Form and image behold each other.
You are not it;
It surely is you.
Like a newborn child,
In five aspects complete,
It does not go or come nor rise nor stand.
A baby babbles,
Is there anything said or not?
Ultimately this has no meaning
For the words are not yet clear.
It is like the six lines of the double split hexagram;
The relative and absolute integrate.
Piled up they make three,
The complete transformation makes five.
It is like the taste of the five-flavored herb,
Like the diamond thunderbolt.
Subtly included within the true,
Inquiry and response come up together.
Communing with the source and communing with the process,
It includes integration and includes the road.
Merging is auspicious;
Do not violate it.
Naturally real, yet inconceivable,
It is neither delusion nor enlightenment.
At this moment, causes and conditions
Shine completely in the silence.
So fine, it enters nowhere,
So vast it exceeds all bounds.
A hairsbreadth deviation
And you are out of harmony.
Through the teachings of sudden and gradual,
Different methods have arisen.
Whether teachings or approaches are mastered or not,
True eternity still flows.
Outwardly still, while inwardly moving,
Like a tethered colt, a trapped rat,
The Ancestors pitied them,
And bestowed upon them the teaching.
According to their delusions,
They called black as white.
When delusions disappear,
The natural mind reveals itself.
If you want to follow the ancient way,
Please observe the Ancients of former times.
Some try to attain the Buddha Way
By gazing at a tree for ten eons.
They are like a tiger with tattered ears
Or a horse with shanks gone gray.
Because there is the ordinary
There are jewel pedestals and fine clothing.
Because there is the startlingly different,
There are housecat and cow.
Yi, with his archer's skill,
Could hit a target at a hundred paces.
But when arrowpoints meet head on,
How could it be a matter of skill?
When the wooden man begins to sing,
The stone woman gets up to dance.
This does not come by knowing,
Nor does it involve ideas.
A minister serves the lord;
A son obeys the father.
Not obeying is not filial,
And not serving is not help.
Practice secretly, working within,
As though a fool, like an idiot! If you can achieve continuity,
This is called the host within the host.
The Great Compassionate Dharani
Praise to the Three Treasures!
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha!
Praise to Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva Mahasattva,
The Bodhisattva of Compassion!
Praise to the one who removes all fear and suffering!
Having adored Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,
May we now recite this glorious dharani
Which purifies all beings,
Which fulfills the wishes of all beings.
Welcome to Bodhisattva Mahasattva
Who embodies the Trikaya,
Who has the transcendental wisdom.
Welcome to Bodhisattva Mahasattva
Who continues to save all beings
Without defilement in his mind.
Welcome to Bodhisattva Mahasattva
Who sustains the highest,
The most complete wisdom
And who is free from all impediments.
Welcome to Bodhisattva Mahasattva
Whose deeds reveal
The fundamental purity of all beings.
Welcome to Bodhisattva Mahasattva,
Who wipes away the three evil delusions—
Greed, anger, and delusion.
Quick, quick! Come, come! Here, here!
A joy springs up in us.
Help us to enter into the realm of great realization.
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,
Bodhisattva of Compassion,
Guide us to spiritual contentment.
Victory! Victory!
Having testified to the freedom and compassion
Of the mind of Avalokiteshvara;
Having purified our own body and mind;
Having become as brave as a lion;
Having become manifest into all beings;
Having attained to the Wheel of Dharma and the Lotus Flower,
We can now save all beings without hindrance.
May the understanding of the mysterious nature of
Avalokiteshvara prevail forever, ever, and ever.
Praise to the Three Treasures—
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha!
Praise to Avalokiteshvara,
The Bodhisattva Mahasattva,
The Bodhisattva of Compassion!
May this dharani be effective.
Practitioners who cultivate the personal realization of buddha knowledge dwell in the bliss of whatever is present and do not abandon their practice.
~Lankavatara Sutra
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Re: Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness

Postby Guo Gu on Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:33 pm

another version of the song of precious mirror samadhi

it is this very dharma
the buddhas and patriarchs secretly transmit
now that you have it
protect it well

like a silver bowl full of snow
or an egret hidden against the bright moon
they are similar but not identical
when mingled their difference can be recognized

the meaning does not lie in words
yet those who are ripe must be taught
as soon as you act, it is a dead issue
so consider their varying attainments

rejecting words or clinging to them are both mistakes
like a blazing fire, useful but dangerous
if it is only expressed in language
the precious mirror will be stained

at midnight it is truly bright
by daylight it no longer shows
it serves as the law which governs all things
use it to uproot all suffering
though it is not a way of action
still, it is not without words
as before the precious mirror
the form and reflection gaze on each other
yet are not it
but it is just you

just as an infant
is equipped with five sense organs
it neither comes not goes
it neither arises nor abides

popo hoho—
a phrase without meaning
you can never get the substance of it
because the language is not correct

doubling the li trigram makes six lines
the outer and inner lines mutually interact
stacked, they become three pairs
at most they can transform into five

like the five aromas of the hyssop plant
or the five branches of the vajra scepter
the exact center subtly harmonizing
drumming and singing simultaneously

penetrate the goal and you will fathom the way
in order to lead, there must be a road
to be wrong is to be auspicious
do not oppose it
natural and subtle
it is neither ignorance nor enlightenment
causes and conditions have their time and season
tranquil and illuminating

it is so small it enters the spaceless
so large it is beyond dimension
if you are off by a hair's breath
then you would be out of harmony

now there is sudden and gradual (enlightenment)
in order to establish the fundamental guidelines
when the fundamental guidelines are clear
they become the rule

realization of the basic principle is the ultimate standard
genuine, constant, yet flowing
with still body but racing mind
like a tethered horse or a mouse frozen by fright

past sages pitied them
and liberated them with buddhadharma
following their upside-down ways
they took black for white
when inverted thinking disappears
they realize mind of their own accord

if you want to merge with the ancient track
then contemplate the ancients
at the completion of the buddha path
ten kalpas of contemplation will be established

like a tiger's lame foot
like a shoeless horse
because there is a defect
you seek the jeweled bench and priceless halter
because you are astonished
you realize you were like the brown or white ox

houyi used his skill
to hit the target at a hundred paces
as soon as the arrow hits the mark
of what further use is his skill?

when a wooden man breaks into a song
a stone woman gets up to dance
since this cannot be understood by reason
how can it be analyzed?

the minister serves his lord
the son obeys his father
if he does not obey, he's not filial
if the minister does not serve, he's not loyal

to cultivate in hiding, functioning in secret
like a fool, like a dolt
if you are able to persist
you will be called a master among masters

[some believe the later part about avalokitesvara is an interpolation by someone else since it has little relation to the above section, so it's omitted here]
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