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. Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby hrtbeat7 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:19 am

CHENG-TAO-KO
[Zhengdaoge] (C.); (J. Shodoka (J.); Song of Enlightenment.
English transl. copyright (c) 1991 by R. Aitken & the Diamond Sangha, Hawaii.

There is the leisurely one,
Walking the Tao, beyond philosophy,
Not avoiding fantasy, not seeking truth.
The real nature of ignorance is the Buddha-nature itself;
The empty delusory body is the very body of the Dharma.

When the Dharma body awakens completely,
There is nothing at all.
The source of our self-nature
Is the Buddha of innocent truth.
Mental and physical reactions come and go
Like clouds in the empty sky;
Greed, hatred, and ignorance appear and disappear
Like bubbles on the surface of the sea.

When we realize actuality,
There is no distinction between mind and thing
And the path to hell instantly vanishes.
If this is a lie to fool the world,
My tongue may be cut out forever.

Once we awaken to the Tathagata-Zen,
The six noble deeds and the ten thousand good actions
Are already complete within us.
In our dream we see the six levels of illusion clearly;
After we awaken the whole universe is empty.

No bad fortune, no good fortune, no loss, no gain;
Never seek such things in eternal serenity.
For years the dusty mirror has gone uncleaned,
Now let us polish it completely, once and for all.

Who has no-thought? Who is not-born?
If we are truly not-born,
We are not un-born either.
Ask a robot if this is not so.
How can we realize ourselves
By virtuous deeds or by seeking the Buddha?

Release your hold on earth, water, fire, wind;
Drink and eat as you wish in eternal serenity.
All things are transient and completely empty;
This is the great enlightenment of the Tathagata.

Transience, emptiness and enlightenment --
These are the ultimate truths of Buddhism;
Keeping and teaching them is true Sangha devotion.
If you don`t agree, please ask me about it.
Cut out directly the root of it all, --
This is the very point of the Buddha-seal.
I can't respond to any concern about leaves and branches.

People do not recognize the Mani-jewel.
Living intimately within the Tathagata-garbha,
It operates our sight, hearing, smell, taste, sensation, awareness;
And all of these are empty, yet not empty.
The rays shining from this perfect Mani-jewel
Have the form of no form at all.
Clarify the five eyes and develop the five powers;
This is not intellectual work, -- just realize, just know.
It is not difficult to see images in a mirror,
But who can take hold of the moon in the water?

Always working alone, always walking alone,
The enlightened one walks the free way of Nirvana
With melody that is old and clear in spirit
And naturally elegant in style,
But with body that is tough and bony,
Passing unnoticed in the world.

We know that Shakya's sons and daughters
Are poor in body, but not in the Tao.
In their poverty, they always wear ragged clothing,
But they have the jewel of no price treasured within.

This jewel of no price can never be used up
Though they spend it freely to help people they meet.
Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, Nirmanakaya,
And the four kinds of wisdom
Are all contained within.
The eight kinds of emancipation and the six universal powers
Are all impressed on the ground of their mind.

The best student goes directly to the ultimate,
The others are very learned but their faith is uncertain.
Remove the dirty garments from your own mind;
Why should you show off your outward striving?

Some may slander, some may abuse;
They try to set fire to the heavens with a torch
And end by merely tiring themselves out.
I hear their scandal as though it were ambrosial truth;
Immediately everything melts
And I enter the place beyond thought and words.

When I consider the virtue of abusive words,
I find the scandal-monger is my good teacher.
If we do not become angry at gossip,
We have no need for powerful endurance and compassion.

To be mature in Zen is to be mature in expression,
And full-moon brilliance of dhyana and prajna
Does not stagnate in emptiness.
Not only can I take hold of complete enlightenment by myself,
But all Buddha-bodies, like sands of the Ganges,
Can become awakened in exactly the some way.

The incomparable lion-roar of doctrine
Shatters the brains of the one hundred kinds of animals.
Even the king of elephants will run away, forgetting his pride;
Only the heavenly dragon listens calmly, with pure delight.
I wandered over rivers and seas, crossing mountains and streams,
Visiting teachers, asking about the Way in personal interviews;
Since I recognized the Sixth Founding Teacher at Ts'ao Ch'i,
I know what is beyond the relativity of birth and death.

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen;
Speaking or silent, active or quiet, the essence is at peace.
Even facing the sword of death, our mind is unmoved;
Even drinking poison, our mind is quiet.
Our teacher, Shakyamuni, met Dipankara Buddha
And for many eons he trained as Kshanti, the ascetic.
Many births, many deaths;
I am serene in this cycle,--there is no end to it.

Since I abruptly realized the unborn,
I have had no reason for joy or sorrow
At any honor or disgrace.

I have entered the deep mountains to silence and beauty;
In a profound valley beneath high cliffs,
I sit under the old pine trees.
Zazen in my rustic cottage
Is peaceful, lonely, and truly comfortable.

When you truly awaken,
You have no formal merit.
In the multiplicity of the relative world,
You cannot find such freedom.
Self-centered merit brings the joy of heaven itself,
But it is like shooting an arrow at the sky;
When the force is exhausted, it falls to the earth,
And then everything goes wrong.

Why should this be better
Than the true way of the absolute,
Directly penetrating the ground of Tathagata?

Just take hold of the source
And never mind the branches.
It is like a treasure-moon
Enclosed in a beautiful emerald.
Now I understand this Mani-jewel
And my gain is the gain of everyone endlessly.

The moon shines on the river,
The wind blows through the pines,--
Whose providence is this long beautiful evening?
The Buddha-nature jewel of morality
Is impressed on the ground of my mind,
And my robe is the dew, the fog, the cloud, and the mist.

A bowl once calmed dragons
And a staff separated fighting tigers;
The rings on this staff jingle musically.
The form of these expressions is not to be taken lightly;
The treasure-staff of the Tathagata
Has left traces for us to follow.

The awakened one does not seek truth--
Does not cut off delusion.
Truth and delusion are both vacant and without form,
But this no-form is neither empty nor not empty;
It is the truly real form of the Tathagata.

The mind-mirror is clear, so there are no obstacles.
Its brilliance illuminates the universe
To the depths and in every grain of sand.
Multitudinous things of the cosmos
Are all reflected in the mind,
And this full clarity is beyond inner and outer.

To live in nothingness is to ignore cause and effect;
This chaos leads only to disaster.
The one who clings to vacancy, rejecting the world of things,
Escapes from drowning but leaps into fire.

Holding truth and rejecting delusion--
These are but skillful lies.
Students who do zazen by such lies
Love thievery in their own children.

They miss the Dharma-treasure;
They lose accumulated power;
And this disaster follows directly upon dualistic thinking.
So Zen is the complete realization of mind,
The complete cutting off of delusion,
The power of wise vision penetrating directly to the unborn.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Students of vigorous will hold the sword of wisdom;
The prajna edge is a diamond flame.
It not only cuts off useless knowledge,
But also exterminates delusions.

They roar with Dharma-thunder;
They strike the Dharma-drum;
They spread clouds of love, and pour ambrosial rain.
Their giant footsteps nourish limitless beings;
Sravaka, Pratyeka, Bodhisattva--all are enlightened;
Five kinds of human nature all are emancipated.

High in the Himalayas, only fei-ni grass grows.
Here cows produce pure and delicious milk,
And this food I continually enjoy.
One complete nature passes to all natures;
One universal Dharma encloses all Dharmas.
One moon is reflected in many waters;
All the water-moons are from the one moon.

The Dharma-body of all Buddhas has entered my own nature,
And my nature becomes one with the Tathagata.

One level completely contains all levels;
It is not matter, mind nor activity.
In an instant eighty-thousand teachings are fulfilled;
In a twinkling the evil of eons is destroyed.
All categories are no category;
What relation have these to my insight?

Beyond praise, beyond blame, --
Like space itself it has no bounds.
Right here it is eternally full and serene,

If you search elsewhere, you cannot see it.
You cannot grasp it, you cannot reject it;
In the midst of not gaining,
In that condition you gain it.
It speaks in silence,
In speech you hear its silence.

The great way has opened and there are no obstacles.
If someone asks, what is your sect
And how do you understand it?
I reply, the power of tremendous prajna.

People say it is positive;
People say it is negative;
But they do not know.
A smooth road, a rough road --
Even heaven cannot imagine.

I have continued my zazen for many eons;
I do not say this to confuse you.

I raise the Dharma-banner and set forth our teaching;
It is the clear doctrine of the Buddha
Which I found with my teacher, Hui Neng,
Mahakashyapa became the Buddha-successor,
Received the lamp and passed it on.
Twenty-eight generations of teachers in India,
Then over seas and rivers to our land
Bodhi Dharma came as our own first founder,
And his robe, as we all know, passed through six teachers here,
And how many generations to come may gain the path,
No one knows.

The truth is not set forth;
The false is basically vacant.
Put both existence and non-existence aside,
Then even non-vacancy is vacant,
The twenty kinds of vacancy have no basis,
And the oneness of the Tathagata-being
Is naturally sameness.

Mind is the base, phenomena are dust;
Yet both are like a flaw in the mirror.
When the flaw is brushed aside,
The light begins to shine.
When both mind and phenomena are forgotten,
Then we become naturally genuine.

Ah, the degenerate materialistic world!
People are unhappy; they find self-control difficult.
In the centuries since Shakyamuni, false views are deep,
Demons are strong, the Dharma is weak, disturbances are many.

People hear the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy,
And if they accept it, the demons will be crushed
As easily as a roofing tile.

But they cannot accept, what a pity!
Your mind is the source of action;
Your body is the agent of calamity;
No pity nor blame to anyone else.

If you don't seek an invitation to hell,
Never slander the Tathagata's true teaching.

In the sandalwood forest, there is no other tree.
Only the lion lives in such deep luxuriant woods,
Wandering freely in a state of peace.
Other animals and birds stay far away.
Just baby lions follow the parent,
And three-year-olds already roar loudly.
How can the jackal pursue the king of the Dharma
Even with a hundred-thousand demonic arts?

The Buddha's doctrine of directness
Is not a matter for human emotion.
If you doubt this or feel uncertain,
Then you must discuss it with me.

This is not the free rein of a mountain monk's ego.
I fear your training may lead to wrong views
Of permanent soul or complete extinction.

Being is not being; non-being is not non-being;
Miss this rule by a hair,
And you are off by a thousand miles.
Understanding it, the dragon-child abruptly attains Buddhahood;
Misunderstanding it, the greatest scholar falls into hell.

From my youth I piled studies upon studies,
In sutras and sastras I searched and researched,
Classifying terms and forms, oblivious to fatigue.
I entered the sea to count the sands in vain
And then the Tathagata scolded me kindly
As I read "What profit in counting your neighbor's treasure?"
My work had been scattered and entirely useless,
For years I was dust blown by the wind.

If the seed-nature is wrong, misunderstandings arise,
And the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy cannot be attained.
Shravaka and Pratyeka students may study earnestly
But they lack aspiration.
Others may be very clever,
But they lack prajna.

Stupid ones, childish ones,
They suppose there is something in an empty fist.
They mistake the pointing finger for the moon.
They are idle dreamers lost in form and sensation.

Not supposing something is the Tathagata.
This is truly called Kwan-Yin, the Bodhisattva who sees freely.
When awakened we find karmic hindrances fundamentally empty.
But when not awakened, we must repay all our debts.

The hungry are served a king's repast,
And they cannot eat.
The sick meet the king of doctors;
Why don't they recover?

The practice of Zen in this greedy world --
This is the power of wise vision.
The lotus lives in the midst of the fire;
It is never destroyed.

Pradhanashura broke the gravest precepts;
But he went on to realize the unborn.
The Buddhahood he attained in that moment
Lives with us now in our time.

The incomparable lion roar of the doctrine!
How sad that people are stubbornly ignorant;
Just knowing that crime blocks enlightenment,
Not seeing the secret of the Tathagata teaching.

Two monks were guilty of murder and carnality.
Their leader, Upali, had the light of a glow-worm;
He just added to their guilt.
Vimalakirti cleared their doubts at once
As sunshine melts the frost and snow.

The remarkable power of emancipation
Works wonders innumerable as the sands of the Ganges.
To this we offer clothing, food, bedding, medicine.

Ten thousand pieces of gold are not sufficient;
Though you break your body
And your bones become powder, --
This is not enough for repayment.
One vivid word surpasses millions of years of practice.

The King of the Dharma deserves our highest respect.
Tathagatas, innumerable as sands of the Ganges,
All prove this fact by their attainment.

Now I know what the Mani-jewel is:
Those who believe this will gain it accordingly.
When we see truly, there is nothing at all.
There is no person; there is no Buddha.
Innumerable things of the universe
Are just bubbles on the sea.

Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning
However the burning iron ring revolves around my head,
With bright completeness of dhyana and prajna

I never lose my equanimity.
If the sun becomes cold, and the moon hot,
Evil cannot shatter the truth.

The carriage of the elephant moves like a mountain,
How can the mantis block the road?
The great elephant does not loiter on the rabbit's path.

Great enlightenment is not concerned with details.
Don't belittle the sky by looking through a pipe.
If you still don't understand,
I will settle it for you.

________________________________________
The Cheng-tao-ko poem was published 1924-1934 in Japan as a part of the Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo (Buddhist Canon Published in The Taisho Era) [ No. 2014, Vol. 48]. It was also translated from the Chinese into English and given extensive commentaries by the Ch'an Master Sheng-Yen in his 1990 book The Sword of Wisdom: Lectures on 'The Song of Enlightenment'. Elmhurst, N.Y.: Dharma Drum Publications.
This translation from Japanese was prepared in the 1960s by Mr Robert Aitken and Eido Shimano Sensei for the Diamond Sangha Zen Buddhist Society, Koko An, 2119 Kaloa Way, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 96822. Their translation was subsequently re-printed in a book: Daily Sutras for Chanting and Recitation. n.d. New York: New York Zendo of the Zen Studies Society Inc. In December 1991 the Aitken-Shimano's translation was revised by Robert Aitken Roshi and incorporated (under its japanese title 'Shodoka') into a collection of the Daily Zen Sutras in use by the Diamond Sangha itself as well as by other affiliated Zen centers and communities, including the California Diamond Sangha; Sydney Zen Center and the Zen Group of Western Australia.

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby fukasetsu on Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:32 pm

Song of Enlightenment
By Great Master Yung Chia of The T'ang Dynasty
Translated into English by
International Institute For The Translation of Buddhist Texts
Dharma Realm Buddhist University
Talmage, California
1983
BUDDHIST TEXT TRANSLATION SOCIETY
Copyright @ 1983 by the Sino-American Buddhist Association, currently known as the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
(The Song of Enlightenment in Chinese including commentary by the Venerable Abbot Hsuan Hua is also available in printed form through the Buddhist Text Translation Society.)
________________________________________

HAVE YOU NOT SEEN PEOPLE WHOSE STUDY HAS ENDED,
WHO DO NOTHING, WHO ABIDE IN THE WAY AT EASE?
THEY DO NOT BANISH FALSE THOUGHTS, THEY DO NOT SEEK
THE TRUTH, THE TRUE NATURE OF IGNORANCE IS THE
BUDDHA-NATURE; THIS EMPTY BODY, AN ILLUSORY
TRANSFORMATION, IS THE DHARMA-BODY.
IN THE DHARMA-BODY'S ENLIGHTENMENT, THERE IS NOT A
SINGLE THING; AT ITS SOURCE THE INHERENT NATURE IS
THE BUDDHA OF KIVINE INNOCENCE, THE FIVE SKANDHAS,
LIKE FLOATING CLOUDS, EMPTILY COME AND GO;
THE THREE POISONS, LIKE BUBBLES OF WATER, RISE AND SINK,UNREAL.
WHEN ONE IS CERTIFIED TO THE CHARACTERISTIC OF REALITY,
THERE ARE NO PEOPLE OR DHARMAS, THE KARMA OF THE
AVICHI IS CANCELLED IN A KSHANA.
IF I WERE DECEIVING LIVING BEINGS WITH UNTRUE WORDS,
I'D INVITE UPON MYSELF THE RIPPING OUT OF TONGUES FOR AEONS AS MANY AS DUST AND SAND.
WITH SUDDEN ENLIGHTENED UNDERSTANDING OF THE HYANA
OF THE THUS COME ONES,
THE SIX CROSSINGS-OVER AND TEN THOUSAND PRACTICES ARE
COMPLETE IN SUBSTANCE.
IN A DREAM, VERY CLEARLY, THERE ARE SIX DESTINIES;
AFTER ENLIGHTENMENT, COMPLETELY EMPTY, THERE IS NO
UNIVERSE.
NO OFFENSES OR BLESSINGS, NO BENEFIT OR LOSS,
IN THE STILL, EXTINCT NATURE NO QUESTIONS OR SEEKING,
RECENTLY THE DUSTY MIRROR HAS NOT BEEN POLISHED,
TODAY WE MUST ANALYZE AND MAKE CLEAR DISTINCTIONS.
WHO IS WITHOUT THOUGHT? WHO IS WITHOUT BIRTH?
IF THERE IS REALLY NO PRODUCTION, THERE IS NOTHING
NOT PRODUCED. SUMMON A WODDEN STATUE AND INQUIRE
OF IT. APPLY YOURSELF TO SEEKING BUDDHAHOOD; SOONER
OR LATER YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH IT.
LET THE FOUR ELEMENTS GO, DO NOT GRASP AT THEM.
THE NATURE OF STILL QUIESCENCE ACCORDS WITH DRINKING AND
EATING.
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE IMPERMANENT; EVERYTHING IS EMPTY.
THAT IS THE GREAT AND PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE THUS
COME ONE.
IT IS CERTAIN THAT THESE WORDS EXPRESS THE TRUE VEHICLE,
WHOEVER DOES NOT ACCEPT THEM MAY INQUIRE AS THEY WISH.
IT CUTS DIRECTLY THROUGH TO THE SOURCE;
IT IS SEALED BY ALL BUDDHA.
I CANNOT PLUCK LEAVES AND SEEK OUT BRANCHES.
PEOPLE DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE MANI-PEARL,
THEY MAY RECEIVE IT IN PERSON IN THE TREASURY OF THE THUS
COME ONE.
THE SIX KINDS OF SPIRITUAL FUNCTIONINGS ARE EMPTY,
YET NOT EMPTY.
THIS PEARL OF PERFECT BRIGHTNESS HAS FORM, YET HAS NO FORM.
PURIFY THE FIVE EYES; ATTAIN THE FIVE POWER,
SIMPLY ACCOMPLISH THEM AND KNOW
WHAT'S HARD TO FATHOM,
SHAPES IN A MIRROR ARE NOT HARD TO SEE,
BUT THE MOON IN THE WATER--HOW CAN ONE PLUCK IT OUT?
EVER PRACTICING IN SOLITUDE, EVER WALKING ALONE
THOSE WHO HAVE PENETRATED, ROAM NIRVANA'S ROAD
TOGETHER.
THEIR TUNE IS ANCIENT, THEIR EXPRESSION PURE,
THEIR BEARING NATURALLY LOFTY.
THEIR APPEARANCE IS HAGGARD, THEIR INTEGRITY UNSHAKEABLE.
PEOPLE IGNORE THEM.
THE SHAKYAN DISCIPLES SAY THAT THEY ARE POOR,
THEY ARE INDEED POOR IN BODY, BUT NOT POOR IN THE WAY.
AS TO POVERTY, THEIR BODIES ARE EVER WRAPPED INCOARSE RAGS.
AS TO THE WAY, A PRICELESS JEWEL IS STORED IN THEIR HEARS.
A PRICELESS JEWEL. ITS USES INEXHAUSTIBLE,
FOR BENEFITTING BEINGS, RESPONDING TO POTENTIALS ALWAYS
GENEROUSLY, THREE BODIES, FOUR WISDOMS ARE COMPLETE IN
THE SUBSTANCE.
EIGHT LIBERATIONS, SIX SPIRITUAL POWERS ARE IN THE MIND-
GROUND SEAL.
CERTAIN ABOUT ONE THING, SUPERIOR PEOPLE UNDERSTAND
EVERYTHING,
MIDDLEING AND INFERIOR PEOPLE LEARN MUCH, YET DOUBT
MUCH.
SIMPLY CAST OFF YOUR OWN CHERISHED DIRTY CLOTHES,
WHO COULD GO OUT AND BOAST ABOUT HIS VIGOR?
LET OTHERS SLANDER ME; I BEAR THEIR CONDEMNATION.
THOSE WHO TRY TO BURN THE SKY ONLY EXHAUST THEMSELVES.
WHEN I HEAR IT, IT'S JUST LIKE DRINKING SWEET DEW.
THUS SMELTED AND REFIND, SUDDENLY ONE ENTERS THE
INCONCEIVABLE.
CONTEMPLATE VICIOUS WORDS AS MERIT AND VIRTUE,
THEN VICIOUS WORDS BECOME ONE'S WISE AND GOOD ADVISORS.
DO NOT LET ABUSE AND SLANDER AROUSE ENMITY OR LIKING.
HOW ELSE CAN THE POWER OF COMPASSION AND PATIENCE
WITH NON-PRODUCTIONBE MANIFEST?
THE SCHOOL PENETRATED AND THE WORDS PENETRATED,
CONCENTRATION AND WISDOM ARE COMPLETELY CLEAR;
I DO NOT STAGNATE IN EMPTINESS.
BUT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS GOT THROUGH TO COMPREHENSION.
ALL THE BUDDHAS, MYRIAD AS GANGES' SANDS, ARE OF THE
VERY SAME SUBSTANCE.
ROAR OF THE LION IS FESARLESS PROCLAMATION,
WHEN THE HUNDRED WILD BEASTS HEAR IT, THEIR BRAINS
SPLIT, AND THE MUSK-ELEPHANT FLEES IN CONFUSION, LOSING HIS AWESOMENESS.
THE GODS AND DRAGONS LISTEN IN STILLNESS AND IN GREAT JOY.
ROAMING THE RIVERS AND OCEANS, CROSSING MOUNTAINS
AND STREAMS; SEARCHING FOR A MASTER TO ASK ABOUT
THE WAY OF INVESTIGATING dHYANA,,
SINCE I CAME TO KNOW THE TS'AO CREEK ROAD,
I UNDERSTAND BIRTH AND DEATH AND HAVE NO CONNECTION
WITH THEM.
WALKING IS DHYANA; SITTING IS ALSO DHYANA,
IN SPEECH OR SILENCE, IN MOVEMENT OR STILLNESS, MY
SUBSTANCE IS AT PEACE.
EVEN IF I MEET WITH A KNIFE'S POINT, I AM ALWAYS COMPLETELY
TRANQUIL.
IF I AM GIVEN A POESONOUS DRUG, I AM STILL TOTALLY AT EASE.
OUR MASTER MET BURNING-LAMP BUDDHA AFTER MANY AEONS AS
A PATIENT IMMORTAL.
HOW MANY BIRTHS? HOW MANY DEATHS? BIRTHS AND DEATHS
STRETCH FAR INTO THE DISTANCE, WITH NO FIXED END.
SINCE I SUDDENLY AWAKENED AND UNDERSTOOD NON-
PRODUCTION, HOW CAN I BE TRIEVED BY INSULT, OR PLEASED
BY GLORY?
DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS DWELLING IN AN ARANYA,
SECLUDED FAR ON A LONELY PEAK BENEATH THE TALL PINES.
CAREFREE, I SIT IN MEDIATION, A RUSTIC MONK AT HOME.
IN QUIETUDE I LIVE AT EASE IN TRUE LIGHTEARTEDNESS
ENLIGHTENMENT IS COMPLETION, THERE IS NO FURTHER EFFORT,
IT IS NOT THE SAME AS ANY CONDITIONED DHARMAS.
TO DWELL IN CHARACTERISTICS WHILE GIVING IS TO CREATE THE
BLESSINGS OF THE HEAVENS;
IT IS LIKE LOOKING UP AND LOOSING AN ARROW INTO THE SKY.
WHEN ITS FORCE IS EXHAUSTED, AN ARROW FALLS BACK DOWN;
WHICH IS TO SAY, FUTHER LIVES WILL NOT BE AS ONE WISHES--
UNLLIKE THE DOOR TO THE REAL CHARACTERISTIC OF THE
UNDONDITIONED:
A SINGLE LEAP'S STRAIGHT ENTRY TO THE GROUND OF THE THUS
COME ONES.
ONLY GET THE ROOT; HAVE NO CONCERN FOR THE BRANCH-
TIPS,LIKE A PURE CRYSTAL CONTAINING A JEWELED MOON,
WHEN THIS WISH-GRANTING PEARL CAN BE UNDERSTOOD,
SELF-BENEFIT AND THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS ARE FOREVER
UNENDING.
IN THE RIVER THE MOON SHINES; IN THE PINES THE WIND SIGHS.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE CLEAR, LONG NIGHT?
THE BUDDHA-NATURE'S PRECEPT-PEARL IS THE MIND-GROUND
SEAL. FOG AND DEW, CLOUDA AND MISTS ARE THE BODY'S
CLOTHING.
THE ALMS-BOWL SBUDUE THE DRAGONS; THE TIN STAFF
VANQUISHES TIGERS, AND THE GOLDEN RINGS OF ITS TWO
PARTS SOUND IN CLEAR SUCCESSION.
IT IS NO SYMBOLIC FORM UNSUPPORTED BY REAL EVENTS;
IT IS THE JEWELED STAFF OF THE THUS COME ONE, WHICH HE
HIMSELF PASSED DOWN.
DO NOT SEEK THE TRUE, DO NOT CUT OFF THE FALSE,
COMPREHEND THAT BOTH DHARMAS ARE EMPTY; THEY
HAVE NO CHARACTERISTICS.
WITHOUT CHARACTERISTICS, THERE IS NO EMPTINESS
AND NO NON-EMPTINESS.
JUST THAT IS THE TRUE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE THUS
COME ONE.
THE MIND-MIRROR IS BRIGHT; ITS REFLECTIONS ARE UNHINDERED.
VAST, LUSTROUS, AND SHINING, IT PERVADES WORLDS LIKE SAND-
GRAINS.
IN IT APPEAR THE IMAGES OF THE MYRIAD PHENOMENA;
A PEARL OF PERFECT LIGHT, NEITHER WITHIN NOR WITHOUT
IF ONE PASSES INTO EMPTINESS AND DENIES CAUSE AND EFFECT,
THEN GROSS AND RECKLESS, ONE INVITES CALAMITIES.
THIS IS THE MISTAKE OF ABANDONING EXISTENCE AND BEING
ATTACHED TO EMPTINESS--
JUST AS IF, TO ESCAPE DROWNING, ONE WERE TO LEAP INTO A FIRE.
SOME REJECT THE FALSE MIND TO GRASP TRUE PRINCIPLE,
BUT THE MIND THAT GRASPS AND REJECTS IS INGENIOUS
AND FRAUDULENT.
STUCENTS WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND USE IT IN
CULTIVATION.
REALLY ARE MISTAKING A THIEF FOR THEIR OWN SON.
DHARMA WEALTH IS LOST, AND MERIT AND MIRTUE DESTROYED,
DUE TO NOTHING ELSE THAN THE CONSCIOUS MIND,
THROUGH THE DOOR OF DHYANA THE MIND IS ENDED,
AND ONE SUDDENLY ENTERS THE POWERFUL, UNPRODUCED
KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT.
THE GREAT HERO WIELDS THE WISDOM SWORD.
FROM ITS PRAJNA POINT, A VAJRA BLAZE! IT NOT ONLY
DESTROYS THE MIND OF EXTERNAL PATHS.
IT ALSO HAS LONG SINCE TERRIFIED THE HEAVENLY DEMONS!
ROLL THE DHARMA THUNDER, BEAT THE DHARMA DRUM.
CLOUDS OF KINDNESS GATHER.. SWEET DEW IS DISPERSED;
DRAGONS AND ELEPHANTS TREAD UPON IT, MOISTENING
EVERYTHING. THE THREE VEHICLES AND FIVE NATURES ARE ALL
ROUSED AWAKE, THE HIMALAYA PINODHNI GRASS IS UNALLOYED
INDEED; PURE GHEE PRODUCED FROM IT I HAVE OFTEN PARTAKEN
OF, ONE NATURE COMPLETELY PERVADES ALL NATURES.
ONE DHARMA EVERYWHERE CONTAINS ALL DHAYMAS.
ONE MOON UNIVERSALLY APPEARS IN ALL WATERS,
THE MOONS IN ALL WATERS ARE BY ONE MOON GATHERED IN.
THE DHARMA BODY OF ALL BUDDHAS ENTERS MY NATURE; MY NATURE ALSO MESHES WITH THE THUS COME ONES.
ON A SINGLE LEVEL, EVERY LEVEL IS COMPLETE,
IT IS NEITHER FORM, NOR MIND, NOR THE KARMA OF ACTION--
IN A FINGER-SNAP, EIGHTY THOUSAND DOORS ARE FULLY REALIZED.
IN A KSHANA, THREE ASAMKHYEYA KALPAS ARE EXTINGUISHED.
NO NUMBER OR PHRASE CAN DESCRIBE IT, WHAT RELATION
COULD THEY HAVE TO OUR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING?
IT DANNOT BE SLANDERED AND CANNOT BE PRAISED,
ITS SUBSTANCE IS LIKE SPACE; IT HAS NO SHORE,
IT DOES NOT LEAVE WHERE IT IS; IT IS ALWAYS CLEAR.
IF YOU SEARCH FOR IT, KNOW THAT YOU WILL NOT SEE IT.
IT CANNOT BE GRASPED; IT CANNOT BE REJECTED.
JUST WHAT CAN BE OBTAINED WITHIN THE UNOBTAINABLE?
WHEN SILENT, THERE IS SPEECH; WHEN SPEAKING,
THERE IS SILENCE. THE GREAT GATE OF GIVING IS OPEN
AND UNBLOCKED.
SHOULD SOMEONE ASK WHAT THE PRINCIPLE OF MY EXPLANATIONS IS, I INFORM HIM THAT IT IS THE POWER OF MAHAPRAJNA. PEOPLE DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS AND WHAT
IT IS NOT.
ONE MAY OPPOSE THE FLOW OR COMPLY, BUT THE GODS DO NOT
FATHOM IT..
I HAVE ALREADY CULTIVATED IT THROUGH MANY AEONS,
THIS IS NOT THE ORDINARY CASE OF MUTUAL LIES AND DECEIT.
THE DHARMA BANNER IS RAISED; THE SCHOOL'S PURPORT
IS ESTABLISHED. THE BUDDHA VERY CLEARLY DIRECTED THAT
IT WAS TO BE AT TS'AO CREEK, WITH KASHYAPA, THE FIRST,
BEGAN THE TRANSMISSION OF THE LAMP.
TWENTY-EIGHT GENERATIONS WERE RECORDED IN INDIA.
THE DHARMA FLOWED EAST AND ENTERED THIS LAND.
BODHIDHARMA WAS THE FIRST PATRIARCH, THE ROBE WAS
TRANSMITTED TO THE SIXTH GENERATION, AS ALL THE WORLD
HAS HEARD
HOW COULD ONE COUNT THE PEOPLE WHO SINCE THEN
HAVE REALIZED THE WAY?
THE TRUE IS NOT ESTABLISHED; THE FALSE IS FUNDAMENTALLY
EMPTY. BOTH EXISTENCE DNA NON-EXISTENCE ARE BANISHED,
AND NON-EMPTINESS IS EMPTIED.
THE TWENTY DOORS TO EMPTINESS ARE BASICALLY IN ORDER TO BE NOT-ATTACHED.
THE SINGLE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE THUS COME ONE IS BASIC
IDENTITY OF SELF.
THE MIND IS THE ROOT; DHARMAS ARE THE DUST.
THE TWO ARE LIKE STREAKS ON A MIRROR.
WHEN THE STREAKS ARE ENTIRELY REMOVED, LIGHT
BEGINS TO APPEAR.
WHEN MIND AND DHARMAS ARE BOTH FORGOTTEN.
THEN THE NATURE IS TRUE.
ALAS! IN THE EVIL TIME OF THE DHARMA-ENDING AGE,
LIVING BEINGS' BLESSINGS ARE SLIGHT; IT IS DIFFICULT
TO TRAIN THEM.
FAR INDEED FROM THE SAGES OF THE PAST!
THEIR DEVIANT VIEWS ARE DEEP. DEMONS ARE STRONG,
THE DHARMA IS WEAK; MANY ARE THE WRONGS AND
INJURIES. HEARING OF THE DOOR OF THE THUS COME ONE'S
SUDDEN TEACHING, THEU HATE NOT DESTROYING IT AS THEY
WOULD SMASH A TILE, THE DOING IS IN TNE MIND;
THE BODY SUFFERS THE CALAMITIES, THERE'S NO NEED FOR
UNJJST ACCUSATIONS THAT SHIFT THE BLAME TO OTHERS.
IF YOU DON'T WISH TO INVITE THE KARM;A OF THE
UNITERMITTENT.
DO NOT SLANDER THE THUS COME ONE'S PROPER DHARMA WHEEL.
IN THE CHANDANA FOREST THERE ARE NOT OTHER TREES
DEEP IN THE DENSE AND LUSURIANT VEGETATION THE LION
DWELLS.
IN THE QUIETUDE OF THE FOREST HE ROAMS ALONE.
BEASTS THAT WALK AND BIRDS THAT FLY ALL GO FAR AWAY.
THE LION'S CUBS TOGETHER FOLLOW ALONG.
THREE YEARS, AND THEN THEY TOO CAN LOUDLY ROAR,
SHOULD JACKALS PURSUE THE DHARMA KING,
THEY ARE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD GOBLINS WHO OPEN THEIR
MOUTHS IN VAIN.
THE COMPLETE AND SUDDEN TEACHING IS WITHOUT SENTIMENT,
IF THERE IS DOUBT AND INDECISION, YOU SHOULD CONFRONT
IT DIRECTLY.
IT IS NOT THAT THE MOUNTAIN SANGHAN INDULGES IN SELF AND
OTHERS;
IT'S ONLY TO BE FEARED CULTIVATORS MIGHT FALL INTO THE PIT OF NIHILISM OR ETERNALISM.
"WRONG" IS NOT WRONG; "RIGHT" IS NOT RIGHT.
ERRING BY A HAIR'S BREADTH, ONE MISSES BY A THOUSAND MILES.
"RIGHT" WAS THE DRAGON-MAIDEN'S SUCCENLY ACHIEVING
BUDDHAHOOD;
"WRONG" WAS GOOD STAR'S SINKING AND FALLING WHILE ALIVE.
IN MY EARLY YEARS, I SET OUT TO ACQUIRE LEARNING,
AND I STUDIED COMMENTARIES AND INQUIRED INTO SUTRAS
AND SHASTRAS.
DISTINGUISHING AMONG TERMS AND CHARACTERISTICS, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO STOP.
ENTERING THE SEA TOCOUNT THE SANDS I EXHAUSTED MYSELF IN
VAIN.
BUT THE THUS COME ONE REPRIMANDED THIS FOLLY:
WHAT BENEFIT IS THERE IN COUNTING OTHER'S TREASURES?!
UNSUCCESSFUL ALL ALONG, I FELT I HAD PRACTICED IN VAIN.
MANY YEARS I WASTED AS A TRANSIENT, LIKE DUST IN THE WIND.
WHEN THE NATURE OF THESEED IS DEVIANT, ONE'S KNOWLEDGE
AND UNDERSTANDING WILL BE WRONG.
ONE WILL NOT ATTAIN THE THUS COME ONE'S COMPLETE AND
SUDDEN MEASURE.
THOSE OF THE TWO VEHICLES ARE VIGOROUS, BUT LACK THE
HEART OF THE WAY.
THOSE OF EXTERNAL PATHS MAY BE INTELLIGENT, BUT THEY
LACK WISDOM. THEY ARE STUPID, PETTY, AND FOOLISH.
THEY MISTAKE THE EMPTY FIST AND POINTING FINGER AS
PRODICING GENUINE KNOWLEDGE;
BUT BECONING ATTACHED TO THE FINGER AS BEING THE MOON IS
WASTE OF EFFORT.
AMIDST THE DHARMAS OF SENSE ORGANS' STATES,
IT IS BLAMEWORTHY TO MAKE EMPTY FABRICATIONS.
NOT TO PERCEIVE A SINGLE DHARMA: THIS IS THE THUS COME
ONE.
THEN ONE MAY BE CALLED "ONE WHO CONTEMPLATES AT EASE."
ONCE ONE HAS UNDERSTOOD, KARMIC OBSTRUCTIONS ARE BASICALLY EMPTY.
BEFORE ONE HAS UNDERSTOOD, DEBTS FROM THE PAST MUST
BE REPAID.
THE FAMISHED ENCOUNTER THE ROYAL BANQUET, YET CANNOT
EAT.
THE SICK MEET THE PHYSICIAN KING, YET HOW CAN THEY BE CURED?
PRACTICE DHYANA IN THE MIDST OF DESIRE, THROUGH THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT.
THE LOTUS BORN IN THE FIRE IS NEVER DESTROYED.
COURAGEOUS DONOR'S OFFENSE WAS SERIOUS; THE AWAKENED TO
NON-PRODICTION.
HE REALIZED BUDDHAHOOD EARLY, AND IS HERE NOW.
THELION'S ROAR IS FEARLESS PROCLAMATION.
I SIGH DEEPLY THAT CONFUSED, BARBARIC FOOLS
KIOW ONLY HOW TO TRANSGRESS SERIOUSLY AND BOSTRUCT
BODHI.
THEY DO NOT PERCEIVE THE MYSTERIES REVEALED BY THE THUS COME ONE.
THERE WERE TWO BHIKSHUS WHO TRANSGRESSED IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND KILLING.
UPALI'S FIREFLY-LIGHT EXAGGERATED THE OFFENSE.
THE BODHISATTVA VIMILAKIRTI IMMEDIATELY DISPELLED THEIR DOUBTS,
JUST AS THE BURNING SUN MELTS THE FROST AND SNOW.
THE POWER OF LIBERATION IS INCONCEIVABLE,
ITS MIRACULOUS FUNCTIONS ARE AS NUMEROUS AS THE GANGES'
SANDS, AND WITHOUT END.
DOES ONE DARE SHIRK THE TOIL IN AN OFFERING OF THE FOUR
NECESSITIES ?
THE THOUSAND OUNCES OF GOLD MAY ALSO BE RECEIVED.
ONE'S BONES MAY BE POWDERED, ONE'S BODY IN FRAGMENTS; STILL ONE CAN'T REPAY THE DEBT IN FULL.
UNDERSTAND ONE SENTENCE, AND TRANSCEND THE HUNDRED
MILLION.
THE KING AMONG DHARMAS IS THE HIGHEST, THE MOST SUPREME.
THUS COME ONES AS NUMEROUS AS GANGES' SANDS
HAVE ATTAINED IT EQUALLY.
I NOW UNDERSTAND THIS WISH-FULFILLING PERL.
ALL WHO RECIEVE IT IN FAITH WILL EVOKE A RESPONSE.
IT IS CLEARLY SEEN: THERE IS NOT A SINGLE THING.
NOR ARE THERE ANY PEOPLE; NOR ARE THERE ANY BUDDHAS.
THE GREAT THOUSAND WORLDS ARE BUBBLES IN THE SEA.
ALL THE WORTHY SAGES ARE LIKE FLASHES OF LIGHTNING.
EVEN IF AN IRON WHEEL WERE ROLLED OVER ONE'S HEAD,
SAMADHI AND WISDOM WOULD BE FULLY BRIGHT AND NEVER
LOST.
THE SUN MAY GROW COLD, THE MOON MAY GROW HOT;
THE MULTITUDE OF DEMONS CANNOT DESTROY TRUE SPEECH,
THE ELEPHANT'S CARRIAGE SLOWLY AND WITH DIGNITY
ADVANCES ALONG THE ROAD. WHO HAS SEEN A MANTIS THAT COULD DEFLECT IT FROM IRTS COURSE?
RTHE GREAT ELEPHANT DOES NOT TRAVEL IN THE RABBIT'S PATH.
THE GREAT AWAKENING IS NOT CONFINED TO A SMALL SPACE.
DO NOT DETRACT FROM THE AZURE SKY BY LOOKING AT IT THROUGH A REED.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT UDERSTOOD, I NOW IMPART
THE SECRET.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby hrtbeat7 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:03 pm

Shodoka

(Cheng-Tao-Ko)
Song of Freedom


Here comes Mr. Natural, at ease as you please,
walking the Talk by keeping quiet and letting
his feet do the speaking, not running toward
or away, just walking on.

The essence of confusion and wisdom is identical,
this dusty skin bag is Light’s own body!

When we finally see how things really are,
what words can we muster
to describe nothing?

We all share the same original innocence,
that’s why the truth is so true.

Thoughts and sensations change like the weather --
the night sky doesn’t complain when
the stars come out.

When we eventually sober up a little, concepts like
me and mine, self and other, past and future
no longer have the juice to intoxicate us.

Even that’s a tale –
really, nothing happens.

See for yourself!

Once we open our eyes,
everything is obvious.

In the dream, there’s plenty of drama.
When we awaken, where does it all go?

Ups and downs, profit and loss –
none of it can touch our immaculate peace.

We’ve all heard about polishing the mirror,
but look directly – there is no mirror.

That’s what I call clean!

Who am I?

If I’m truly neither this nor that,
I’m this and that too.

Ask a corpse to explain itself!

How can we find ourselves by searching
outside ourselves?

Give up the struggle –
relax.

Everything changes.
When we resist, we suffer.

What more do you need to know?

Recognizing and understanding
the intimate relationship between
what changes and what doesn’t
is wisdom; actualizing it
is love.

If you don’t agree, it doesn’t matter.
Life clarifies itself.

Even being in opposition is
not being in opposition.

It’s all one thing!

We’re lived by mystery, empty and marvelous –
don’t try to figure out perfection with mind,
just rest in it, in harmony, surrendered,
released of any complication.

Beyond fear and desire,
just be.

Just BE.

The wise don’t linger in concepts,
regrets, plans, or frowns.

In this way, they’re like children –
clinging to nothing, embracing
everything.

Since there is no other,
they go on their way,
unnoticed.

Since everyone is inherently free,
they’re inconspicuous in
their absence.

Truth is simple and open to all.
Those who understand may
not be rich, but they’re
ever happy.

What better gift to share
than one’s own original beauty?

To earnest seekers, all self-images
are like frilly old costumes that
never quite fit.

They appreciate the naked freedom
of their own unself-conscious nature –
they’ve got nothing to prove.

People say all sorts of things,
but what’s prior to the first word?

Let them say what they will –
the extent of any reactivity is
a good test of true equanimity.

To become a natural human being,
don’t linger in any provisional state
or get bogged down in beliefs.

This is actually the way of things –
fluid, dynamic.

Most get frightened when they contemplate
their own impermanence, but a rare one
now and then wakes up laughing
in the midst of the dream.

Sure, I’ve been around, but once I met up
with the compassionate executioner Hui Neng,
I sacrificed my head to dwell in my heart.

Walking, sitting, speaking, silent –
it’s all the same.

Let the Wheel spin.

When raining, rain, when
shining, shine.

I don’t mind.

When the arrow hit home,
there was nobody there –

not even a forwarding address.

What care I for fame or disgrace –
the arrow does the work.

In the grace of supreme beauty, radiance,
I discovered my own.

It is not mine,
this love is for everyone.

All revolve in perfection
within me.

There is no coming or going,
all are already home.

No need for a pat on the back,
who’s patting whom?

“Who knew it would be like this?”
What more can one say?

The moon still shines,
the wind still blows –

this light belongs to no one.

I am flowing water, following
a course carved out by the Great One.

I do not seek the truth –
the truth moves me.

Neither empty nor full, my form
is the form of the Real.

When I drop this form, nothing has changed.
What has no beginning has no end.

Clarity –

All is limitless light, mirrored
in spotless mind.

Listen closely, holy friends –
clinging to voidness is taking false refuge.

Don’t stop anywhere!

Grasping at experience –
another fantasy game.

Let the children play,
they’ll grow up soon enough.

Even so, a small spark becomes a bonfire,
illuminating both sinner and saint.

Let it all burn, burn up yourself,
your skillful lies, your thievery,
your reluctance.

High in the hills, I feast on
the delicious purity of the Natural.

All is included in one glance, all emerges
from one mysterious gesture, thrives,
dissolves – ecstasy!

What sees –

I am That!

It’s not mind, a teaching, a word –

Right here,
before the tongue moves!

No praise, no blame,
eternally serene.

No way to it,
no way out of it.

The only obstacle, yourself.
The only recourse, understanding that one.

Understand the one, all is understood.
The one and the all are not different.

Just walk on –

if any one asks directions,
point to the heart.

Yours and theirs are not two.
If you look elsewhere you miss it.

I hail from a long line of jugglers
who toss existence and non-existence both
in a teeming carnival of ineffable light.

Don’t ask me what I know –
I just work here.

When I forget everything,
I become honest and genuine.

The Real is direct and immediate –
that’s why it’s so easily missed.

Still, why complain?
That only compounds the befuddlement.

Nothing is as it appears.
Whatever appears, you are not.

If we understand this,
our practice never ends.

If we don’t understand this,
our practice never ends.

Let’s be clear –
practice never ends,
only the seeker disappears.

For years I tried to figure it out,
with efforts mounted against the wind.

Finally, I gave up the struggle.
Now the breeze blows through me.

I relaxed and just let go.
A closed fist opened.

Spirit breathed out.

This breath is for all.
All are Bodhisattvas.




~Freely transliterated by bob,
behind the counter, down at the Outpost
2005


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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby jatlee on Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:15 am

Who is bob, behind the counter, down at the Outpost? Where is the Outpost? Bob's transliteration is brilliant!
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby Carol on Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:40 am

jatlee wrote:Who is bob, behind the counter, down at the Outpost? Where is the Outpost? Bob's transliteration is brilliant!


Yes, it is brilliant. Bob decided a couple months ago that he was done with "wordy" stuff, so he hasn't posted in awhile. If you do a search of his posts you'll find links to his photography pages. They're wonderful too.

:Namaste:

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby christopher::: on Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:44 pm

Just came across another great version of the Shodoka, here. Bob's still the master though....

Shodoka: Song of Freedom

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby fukasetsu on Sun May 25, 2014 12:36 am

Carol wrote:Yes, it is brilliant.


Updated version from Sir Bob. :daisy:

Song of Freedom
(Based on the Shodoka, or Cheng-Tao-Ko, by Yongjia)

Here comes Mr. Natural, at ease as you please, walking the Talk by keeping quiet and letting his feet do the speaking, not running toward or away, just walking on.

The essence of confusion and wisdom is identical, this dusty skin bag is Light’s own body!

When we finally see how things really are, what words can we muster to describe nothing?

We all share the same original innocence, that’s why the truth is so true.

Thoughts and sensations change like the weather — the night sky doesn’t complain when the stars come out.

When we eventually sober up a little, concepts like me and mine, self and other, past and future no longer have the juice to intoxicate us.

Even that’s a tale – really, nothing happens.

See for yourself! Once we open our eyes, everything is obvious.

In the dream, there’s plenty of drama. When we awaken, where does it all go?

Ups and downs, profit and loss – none of it can touch our immaculate peace.

We’ve all heard about polishing the mirror, but wait, look directly – there is no mirror. That’s what I call clean!

Who am I? If I’m truly neither this nor that, I’m this and that too.

Ask a corpse to explain itself! How can we find ourselves by searching outside ourselves?

Give up the struggle – relax.

Everything changes. When we resist, we suffer. What more do you need to know?

Recognizing and understanding the intimate relationship between what changes and what doesn’t is wisdom; actualizing it is love.

If you don’t agree, it doesn’t matter. Life clarifies itself.

Even being in opposition is not being in opposition. It’s all one thing! No, not even that! It’s easy, don’t worry!

We’re lived by mystery, empty and marvelous – don’t try to figure out perfection with mind, just rest in it, in harmony, surrendered, released of any complication.

Beyond fear and desire, just be.

Just BE.

The wise don’t linger in concepts, regrets, plans, or frowns.

In this way, they’re like children – clinging to nothing, rejecting nothing.

Since there is no other, they go on their way, unnoticed. Since everyone is inherently free, they’re inconspicuous in their absence.

Truth is simple and open to all. Those who understand may not be rich, but they’re happy.

What better gift to share than one’s own original beauty?

To earnest seekers, all self-images are like tattered old costumes that never quite fit. They appreciate the naked freedom of their own unself-conscious nature – they’ve got nothing to prove.

People say all sorts of things, but what’s prior to the first word? Let them say what they will – the extent of any reactivity is a good test of true equanimity.

To become a natural human being, don’t linger in any provisional state or get bogged down in beliefs.

This is actually the way of things – fluid, dynamic, non-dwelling.

Most get frightened when they contemplate their own impermanence, but a rare one now and then wakes up laughing in the midst of the dream.

Walking, sitting, speaking, silent – it’s all the same. Let the Wheel spin. When raining, rain, when shining, shine.

I don’t mind.

When the arrow hit home, there was nobody there – not even a forwarding address.

What care I for fame or disgrace – the arrow does the work.

In the grace of supreme beauty, radiance, I discovered my own.

It is not mine, this love is for everyone. All revolve in perfection within me. There is no coming or going, all are already home.

No need for a pat on the back, who’s patting whom?

“Who knew it would be like this?”

What more can one say?

The moon still shines, the wind still blows – this light belongs to no one.

I am flowing water, following a course carved out by the Great One. I do not seek the truth – the truth moves me.

Neither empty nor full, my form is the form of the Real.

When I drop this form, nothing has changed. What has no beginning has no end.

Clarity – all is limitless light, mirrored in spotless mind.

Listen closely, Holy Friends – clinging to anything is taking false refuge. Running away amounts to the same.

Non-dwelling is living without limits, without borders, without chains. Grasping at any experience, concept, strategy, or identity is nothing but an amnesiac’s fantasy games.

Some long for the marriage of heaven and earth, yet who has the peace of mind to contemplate the mutual penetration of the known and the unknown within the sphere of ordinary activity?

Natural and spontaneous, it proceeds without delay or impediment, granting the universe the power to exist. Past, present, and future are included in one glance, all emerges from one mysterious gesture, thrives, dissolves – ecstasy!

What says, “I am”? It’s not mind, a teaching, or a word – right here, before the tongue moves!

No praise, no blame, eternally serene. No way to it, no way out of it. The only obstacle — our pretense of self. The only recourse: understanding and discarding that fiction.

See through that one, and all is understood. The one and the all are not different – only appearances blind us to what’s what.

Just keep walking – if anyone asks directions, point to the heart. Yours and theirs are not two. Looking elsewhere, it’s completely missed.

I hail from a long line of jugglers who toss batons of existence and non-existence in a teeming carnival of ineffable light.

Don’t ask me what I know – I just work here. When I jettison everything I think I know, I just might become honest and genuine.

The Real is direct and immediate – that’s why it’s so easily missed. Still, why complain? That only compounds the befuddlement. Just be grateful — without reason. Gratitude itself is reason enough!

Nothing is as it appears. Whatever appears, I am not. Nor am I any different.

If this is not comprehended, the dream goes on. If this is comprehended, the dream still goes on. Let’s be clear – the dream never ends, only the dreamer disappears.

For years I tried to figure it out, with efforts mounted against the wind. Finally, I gave up the struggle. Now the breeze blows through me.

I relaxed and just let go.

A closed fist opened.

Spirit breathed out.

This breath is for all.

All are Bodhisattvas.

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby TTT on Sun May 25, 2014 4:10 am

Thanks you Heartbet7 nice song you posted, by Yongjia.



The essence of confusion and wisdom is identical,
this dusty skin bag is Light’s own body!


Reading this i can be happy.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby fukasetsu on Sun May 25, 2014 1:13 pm

TTT wrote:
The essence of confusion and wisdom is identical,
this dusty skin bag is Light’s own body!


Reading this i can be happy.


Since the minds of the sentient beings of the three realms and your mind have the same ground,
may you extend and share that happiness with all beings, friend.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon May 26, 2014 2:08 am

Lot of text. Really boring to recite in unison on warm late afternoons on sesshin, half one day, half the next, before dinner, while exhausted. Guaranteed to help to bring on samadhi (falling asleep with open-eyes). Hail!

Valuable. Let the tradition continue.

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby Beaker on Mon May 26, 2014 12:46 pm

Is here a lot of that chanting and recitation goes on in western zen practice?
Was thinking about signing up for a Chan retreat but no way am I ever going to sit chanting or reciting a whole bunch of words 'scriptural'' or otherwise.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon May 26, 2014 6:57 pm

Beaker,

Why, yes, there's a bit of chanting at the times of the various ceremonies observed and practiced throughout the day on Ch'an retreat, Zen sesshin, and at most practice centers at regular times during regular hours.

The chanting is... a YOGA. Not only for the individual, but for the group (sangha). Note, chanting is not "singing". It's more for the breath(ing) than for the sound, I'd say, and chanting (in the way it's done) is JUST the yoga for that. But the sound and the vibration have their effects, too.

It's a Yoga not to be missed. And that is why it has always been included and is traditional in group practice. It's good medicine, and just a part of the overall treatment, which includes various other protocols in the totality of the regimen.

If you're lucky to chant all in a language you do not understand, maybe that will suit you better. But there may be good meaning in a word or two or phrase that comes to you sometime later on retreat which makes a difference in the moment, and, say, saves your life, by renewing it entirely, and opening it out. It happens.

I'd say, though, not to pre-judge the wisdom and compassion with which these assemblies and meetings and practice-weeks have been perfected over the centuries, in all the details of their Forms, and vicissitudes. The best thing is to be there, and, as my teacher used to advise me when I'd ask him if it's OK with him that I practice at a different place with a different teacher from time to time, "Just FALL RIGHT IN with how they practice there; Don't be in a hurry; and, don't approach practice with a 'grasping mind' ". So, I went.

Beaker, if you're right at the start of this thing, I'd say you're very fortunate. The phrase goes that, in the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities. And I'd say that it's better for a beginner, and for an old-timer, not to suppose that we know better, or to impose our will and want things "our" way. Who is that "I", anyway, who wants to be catered-to? Is this not what we seek to discover?, or to dissolve? If so, then better not to let it "dictate terms"... .

I hope you don't mind delicious all-Vegetarian food. :tongueincheek:

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Beaker wrote:Is here a lot of that chanting and recitation goes on in western zen practice?
Was thinking about signing up for a Chan retreat but no way am I ever going to sit chanting or reciting a whole bunch of words 'scriptural'' or otherwise.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby Beaker on Tue May 27, 2014 12:29 am

We're veggies here Joe, eating food's never a problem.
I like food.
:)
Thanks for the heads up about chanting.
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Re: Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed May 28, 2014 5:02 pm

Beaker,

Ouch; I hope I did not put you off the beautiful way of Zen. :cry:

I was "talking-up" chanting for what I perceive its great value to be, physically and interpersonally, in group practice.

Chanting, by the way, is also an exercise in listening, as well as in using the breath and vibration.

That is, it's an exercise in being sensitive to others. One adjusts one's volume so as to be able to hear your neighbors' voices at left and right, also, and not to stand out or drown them out. When all the sangha does this sensitive adjustment, one to the other(s), the sangha is like a finely-tuned net (well, like an instrument).

But, best is to be there. Enough of my gibbering.

Oh... on silent retreat... chanting is ...a chance to... break the silence! :lol2:

(without breaking the rules).

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Beaker wrote:Thanks for the heads up about chanting.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby ed blanco on Wed May 28, 2014 6:09 pm

Meohmy!
I knew it all and dind't know.
:O: :peace:
IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed May 28, 2014 10:36 pm

Howdy!, Ed. That's the way I feel too.

And when I can see the obvious, I don't mind stating the obvious.

(when there isn't any injunction against it; and sometimes, when there is).

Best greetings!, from one Sunshine-State to another,

--Joe

ed blanco wrote:Meohmy!
I knew it all and dind't know.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby ed blanco on Thu May 29, 2014 5:29 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Howdy!, Ed. That's the way I feel too.

And when I can see the obvious, I don't mind stating the obvious.

(when there isn't any injunction against it; and sometimes, when there is).

Best greetings!, from one Sunshine-State to another,

--Joe

ed blanco wrote:Meohmy!
I knew it all and dind't know.


Read it again and yep there are layers to them words, patneh.
Lovely.
Thnking o ya ever time I walks d dog under them stars here in South Fla.!
You, and me and a few others are lucky to be here now, and thankful.
Happy trails!
Eduardo Jose.
:O:
IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby TTT on Fri May 30, 2014 12:11 am

ed blanco wrote:
desert_woodworker wrote:Howdy!, Ed. That's the way I feel too.

And when I can see the obvious, I don't mind stating the obvious.

(when there isn't any injunction against it; and sometimes, when there is).

Best greetings!, from one Sunshine-State to another,

--Joe

ed blanco wrote:Meohmy!
I knew it all and dind't know.


Read it again and yep there are layers to them words, patneh.
Lovely.
Thnking o ya ever time I walks d dog under them stars here in South Fla.!
You, and me and a few others are lucky to be here now, and thankful.
Happy trails!
Eduardo Jose.
:O:


Nice of you to writi out your full name.
Have a happy strall with your dog. What is the dogs name?
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby fukasetsu on Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:41 pm

TTT wrote:Have a happy strall with your dog. What is the dogs name?


It's been a while but my guess is that Ed's dogs name is: horse.
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Re: . Shodoka, Song of Enlightenment

Postby lobster on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:03 pm

Beaker wrote:Is here a lot of that chanting and recitation goes on in western zen practice?
Was thinking about signing up for a Chan retreat but no way am I ever going to sit chanting or reciting a whole bunch of words 'scriptural'' or otherwise.


:daisy: :heya:

Zenniths get up to all sorts. Walking, flower arranging, :ninja: ninjutsu , :blah: :>.>:

However it all food. Yum. :lool:

Stroll on ... :hide: :peace:
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